Event Name
Tech For Urban Green Infrastructure
Event Date
July 16, 2020
Event Time
2:00 pm-3:00 pm AT
2:30 pm-3:30 pm NL

Sponsored by LPPANS

Presented by Sophie Nitoslawski, PhD Candidate, Green College Sustainable Development Fellow

Faculty of Forestry | Department of Forest Resources Management, The University of British Columbia

Topic: Tech for urban green infrastructure: Smart cities are increasingly part of urban sustainability discourses. There is a growing interest in understanding how citizen engagement, connected technology, and data analytics can support sustainable development. Evidence has also repeatedly shown that green infrastructure such as urban forests address diverse urban challenges and are critical components of urban sustainability and resilience. Nevertheless, it is unclear whether green space and urban forest management are gaining significant traction in smart city planning. It is thus timely to consider whether and to what extent urban forests and other green spaces can be effectively integrated into smart city planning, to maximize green benefits for all city dwellers. We address this gap by exploring current and emerging smart city trends and technologies, and highlight practical applications for urban forest and green space management. Current “smart urban forest” projects reveal a focus on novel monitoring techniques using sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, as well as open data and citizen engagement, particularly through the use of mobile devices, applications (“apps”), and opensource mapping platforms.

Tech for urban green infrastructure
Thurs, Jul 16, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ADT)

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