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Sustainability in the City and Beyond

Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference

March 19-21, 2019

Concordia University

Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre (7141 Sherbrooke St O., Montreal)  

John Molson Building (1450 rue Guy, Montreal)  


Thank you for an inspiring three days!

We are thrilled to announce that, this year, nearly 320 members of the Concordia and greater Montreal community participated in the 3rd Annual Sustainability Across Disciplines conference, with this year’s theme being Sustainability in the City and Beyond.  This conference was designed to provide students, researchers, and the general public with the opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary discussions and activities addressing sustainability research in relation to pressing urban and global issues, as well as the role that art plays in shaping more socially and environmentally just urban futures. In keeping with the theme, for the first time, the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre partnered with the Institute for Urban Futures, expanding collaborations across faculties.

The conference opened on March 19th with an informative presentation by Josée Duplessis, General Director of the Maison du développement durable de Montréal, and closed two days later with inspirational words from Marc Johnson, Associate Professor and urban ecologist at the University of Toronto. In between, we were treated to presentations, artistic works, and workshops from 50 graduate and undergraduate students, almost 20 faculty members, and a dozen external guests and visiting scholars. Presentations ranged from work on the sustainability of burial practices to smart cities, while workshops included food preservation and green roof construction. On Tuesday, conference participants were treated to an artistic projection by PhD student Suzanne Kite. They also participated in a public consultation on Concordia’s Draft Sustainability Action Plan and a panel on how the Loyola campus green space is being used in curriculum as a living lab to foster experiential learning. Wednesday morning’s panels on urban sprawl in Montreal featured Concordia academics alongside representatives from the David Suzuki foundation, Vivre en Ville, The Nature Conservancy, and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and Wednesday afternoon’s Long Table resulted in a fascinating discussion of the role of art in shaping environmental and social sustainability. On Thursday, we heard about gardening and pollination, roads and connectivity, and were treated to a presentation of Eduardo Della Foresta’s Clay Bird Project in the parking lot. These are just a very few of the highlights of the conference; for the full conference schedule, see below. Throughout the conference, conversations on important issues in sustainability erupted across disciplinary boundaries.

In addition to bringing together students, faculty, and other conference participants from Concordia and beyond, this year’s conference featured internal keynotes from two Concordia professors recently hired as part of the Cities Cluster. On Wednesday afternoon, Alice Jarry (Design and Computation Arts) inspired the audience with a presentation on her work on upcycling glass recycling residue. On Thursday morning, Carly Ziter (Biology) brought new insights on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services to a full house of rapt listeners.

 

 

Benjamin Brunen; photo courtesy of Kendra Warnock. Benjamin Brunen; photo courtesy of Kendra Warnock.

Student awards

To acknowledge the great work of our students, all student presenters were entered into the student award competition. Presentations were judged by a team of faculty experts in the field and poster presentations were voted on by conference participants through anonymous ballot.  Although we were impressed by the incredible work of all of our student presenters, the following were particularly distinguished:

Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation:

First Place: Benjamin Brunen, in collaboration with Caroline Daguet and Professor Jochen Jaeger​​: Are Drainage Culverts an Adequate Substitute for Designated Wildlife Structures for Small- and Medium-sized Mammals? Benjamin is completing his Masters’ degree under the supervision of Professor Jochen Jaeger. He is also a junior associate of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.

Second Place: Alexandre Pace, in collaboration with Duane Noel and Professor Jeannine Marie St-Jacques: Tree-ring based climate and streamflow reconstructions for the Chic-Choc and McGerrigle mountains of the Gaspésie interior. Alexander is completing his Masters’ degree under the supervision of Professor Jeannine-Marie St.-Jacques. He is also a junior associate of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.

Best Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation:

First Place: Hannah Brown: The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: A Study of Pollinator Diversity and Abundance Across Montreal Urban Green Spaces. This work formed the body of Hannah’s honours project under the supervision of Professor Sarah Turner.

Second Place: Mitchell Dickau, in collaboration with Donny Seto, and Etienne Guertin, and professor Damon Matthews: Daily Weather Variability and Ice Conditions: How Do Weather and Climate Affect Outdoor Skating and Hockey in Montréal?. This work formed the body of Mitchell’s honours project under the supervision of Professors Donny Seto and Damon Matthews.

Best Student Poster:

First Place: Miles Barette Duckworth: Which road to take? A look into energy generation from Canadian roadways. Miles is completing his Masters’ degree in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment.

Second Place: Antonia Macris: The role of human behaviour in sustainable marine resource management. Antonia is completing her Masters’ in Environmental Assessment in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment.

Photo courtesy of Eleanor Simpson Rising from the Ashes. Photo credit: Eleanor Simpson

Winners of the Student Photography Contest

This year, for the first time, we held a student photo competition in preparation for the conference. Students were asked to address the following question through their work: What does sustainability in the city mean to you? In addition to their photos, students were invited to provide a short explanation as to how the photo addresses the question. The following photos were selected:

First Place: Eleanor Simpson: Growing from the Ashes: "A sustainable city is not only one that was made to be, sustainability in a city can be developed through the revisioning of our current ways. Through introducing cyclic processes and action-plan policies, repurposing existing infrastructure and a slight change in way of life, a sustainable city can rise from the ashes of its predecessor."

Photo courtesy of Juliette Carman Compostable? Photo credit: Juliette Carman

Second Place: Juliette Carman: Compostable in industrial facilities which may not exist in your area. Not suitable for home composting: “Often a part of the puzzle will be solved, but a piece will still be missing when we fail to think about the full cycle of an object we create.”

Third Place: Mikaela Kautzky: Zero Waste Project “Sustainability in a city is about gathering in person and exchanging ideas. The zero waste movement is about community and creativity. Making things yourself, buying from local makers, exchanging things, fixing things and having a junction where one person's trash becomes another person's treasure. ”

Honourable Mention: Lund Central Station, Sweden: “Sustainability in the city is having access to public transportation. This photo is of Lund Central Station in Sweden. It is a parking lot for bikes located in the town square. This station has direct access to multiple train and bus lines just across the road. The buses and trains run at regular frequent intervals and there are more bikers in the city than cars.”  

Special thanks

Although this conference was hosted by the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, it was also made possible by the partnership with the Institute for Urban Futures and the contributions and support of the Office of the VP Research and Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Fine Arts, and the Departments of Biology; Communication Studies; Economics; Geography, Planning and Environment; Management; Political Science; and Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Special thanks go to all of our wonderful presenters and participants and especially to Shauna Janssen for her support and inspiration and for the beautiful photo of the milkweed that is featured above and on the conference posters; Alex Tigchelaar for organizing the artistic contributions; James Grant, Jeannine-Marie St.-Jacques, Sarah Turner, and Jochen Jaeger for judging student presentations; Kailin Mailly, Tamara Elias, and Jaime Malone for volunteering their time to run the registration table; Eric Daigle for photography; Payton Ashe for social media; Taylor Tower for Concordia media coverage; and Matthew Leddy, Raymond Paquin, and Rebecca Tittler for bringing it all together.

Catering was provided by Vert La Bouche.

 

We look forward to seeing how the discussions fostered during these three days will continue and bear fruit.

 

STAY TUNED FOR NEWS ON THE PUBLICATION OF THE CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS!


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

Tuesday, March 19th (Loyola Campus)

Timeslot Location Event
10h00-11h00 RF110 Guest Keynote: Josée Duplessis: From research to positive impact action; the Maison du développement durable and it members are there to encourage it
11hh00-11h15 RF Lobby

Suzanne Kite: Lakota-Sys (L-Sys), Listener (2018)

Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided

11h15-12h15 RF110

Panel IA: Urban Sustainability

11h15: Leif Schenstead-Harris: Sustainability in the Urban Arctic: Waste, Tourism, and Other Contemporary Challenges

11h30: Devon McKellar, Kevin Gould, and Sarah TurnerThe Frontier & The Wasteland: Hydrocarbon Landscapes & Settler-Colonial Imaginaries in SudOuest Montreal

11h45: Heba Alqub and Silvano De La Llata: Refugee Camps and Home-Making Practices as Urban Assemblages

12h00: Jennifer Rowland: Effects of Urban Sprawl on Health

RF120

Panel IB: Where Can a Sustainability Internship Lead You?

11h15: Ethan Mermell: Concordia Greenhouse Internship

11h35:  Alessandra LaPosta: Caught in a Web of Uncaring: An Ethnography of a Montreal Women's Shelter

RF130

Art Hives: Public Practice Arts for Sustainable Cities

Hosted by Rachel Chainey and Janis Timm-Bottos

12h15-14h15 RF120 Lunch and Community Consultation on Concordia’s Draft Sustainability Plan
14h15-15h15 RF110

Panel IIA: The Value of Our Green Space: How are we using the Loyola campus?

14h15: Emma Despland: Hands-on ecological science in the Loyola greenspaces

14h25: Philip Szporer: The Pluralization of Public Space

14h35: Jackie Martin: City Farm School

14h45: Rebecca Tittler: Get Your Hands Dirty: Experiential Learning on Campus

14h55: Satoshi Ikeda: TBD

RF130

Art Hives: Public Practice Arts for Sustainable Cities

Hosted by Rachel Chainey and Janis Timm-Bottos

RF120

Panel IIB: Where Can a Sustainability Internship Lead You?

14h35: Hannah Ostiguy Hopp: Making Life Work in the Heart of the City: My Experience at the Concordia Greenhouse

15h15-15h30 RF Lobby

Suzanne Kite: Lakota-Sys (L-Sys), Listener (2018)

Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided

15h30-16h15 RF110

Panel IIIA: Issues in Global Sustainability and Governance

15h30: Fadi Harb and Effrosyni Diamantoudi: The Formation of International Environmental Agreements

15h45: Olha Hnatyshyn and Effrosyni Diamantoudi: Multiple International Environmental Agreements

16h00: Joel Bothello: Between Regulatory Field Structuring and Organizational Roles: Intermediation in the Field of Sustainable Urban Development

RF120

Panel IIIB: Gardening, Food, and Sustainability

15h30: Sahar Alinezhad, Silvano De La Llata, and Pierre Gauthier: Community Garden as a Third Place: On Neighborhood Spatial Dynamics and Social Cohesion

15h45: Anna-Liisa Aunio: Sustainability and Food in the City: the Role of Local Organizations, Communities, and Municipal Food Councils in Transforming Urban Food Systems

16h00: Andrea Tremblay: mind. mouth. heart. A workshop.

RF130

Art Hives: Public Practice Arts for Sustainable Cities

Hosted by Rachel Chainey and Janis Timm-Bottos

16h15-16h30 RF110 Activities of the New GPE Climate Emergency Committee by Erin Brown, Jochen Jaeger, Anna Krupa, Maura Martinez, James Mourani, and Steffy Velosa 

 

Wednesday, March 20th (Sir George Williams Campus)

Timeslot
Location Event
9h15-10h15 Marble table outside FoFA Gallery (ground floor EV)
Sherif Goubran, Nadra Wadgy, Monica Dantas Season Jars: Food Preservation Project
9h30-12h30 Concordia Greenhouse (13th floor Hall; elevator to the 12th floor) Atom Cianfarani: Queer Power/Art for Global Warming: Green-it-Yourself Citizenship - Workshop on How to Build a Green Roof
9h30-10h15 MB9D Panel IVA: What is Urban Sprawl and Why Does it Matter? Jochen Jaeger, Naghmeh Nazarnia, Mehrdokht Pourali, and Craig Townsend
MB9C

Panel IVB: Sustainability on Campus

9h30: Alice Wei, Jueji Chen, Paulina Matthews, Marc Richard, and Zhuo Zhao: Sustainable Investing Project

9h45: Anna Timm-Bottos and Arrien Weeks: Changing the Culture of Reuse at Concordia

10h00: Julia Bonaventura and Craig Townsend: More Cyclists Wanted: A Study on Barriers Preventing Students from Cycling to Sir George William Campus

MB3.130 Kelly Jazvac: Forward Contamination
10h15-10h30 MB9D Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided
10h30-11h30 MB9D

Panel VA: Panel Discussion and Workshop on Urban Sprawl in Montreal

Matthias Fritsch: Urban Sprawl and Fairness Across Generations

Olivier Roy-Baillargeon and Christian Savard (Vivre en Ville): Can we ever get away from the sprawl? Vivre en Ville's quest to help Quebec suburbia retrofit gently

Meghan Joy: Can a Sprawled City be an Age-friendly City?

Joël Bonin (the Nature Conservancy of Canada): Land Trust Facing Urban Sprawl

MB9C

Panel VB: Sustainability Theory and Climate Change

10h30: Peter Graham: Material Engagement Theory and Sustainability: The materiality of social change

10h45: Alexandre Pace, Jeannine Marie St-Jacques, and Duane Noel: Tree-ring based climate and streamflow reconstructions for the Chic-Choc and McGerrigle mountains of the Gaspésie interior

11h00: Marc-Olivier Brault, Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques, Yuliya Andreichuk, Sunil Gurrapu, and David J Sauchyn: Projecting 21st century change in the hydroclimatology of the Athabasca River Basin with Coordinated Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) data

11h15: Mitchell Dickau, Damon Matthews, Donny Seto, and Etienne Guertin: Daily Weather Variability and Ice Conditions: How Do Weather and Climate Affect Outdoor Skating and Hockey in Montréal?

MB2.130 Student films and Miri Chekhanovich: Trash Tours and Meditations
MB3.130 Kelly Jazvac: Forward Contamination
11h30-11h45 MB9D Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided
11h45-12h45 MB9D

Panel VIA: Panel Discussion and Workshop on Urban Sprawl in Montreal

Pierre Gauthier: Urbanization and the Environment: Mapping Anthropogenic and Natural Dynamics

Sylvain Perron (David Suzuki Foundation):TBD

Cheryl Gladu: Collaborative Housing: How Intention Makes the Village

Suzy Peate (Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal): TBD

MB9C

Microgreens Workshop

Emma Simon and Elanur Eroglu

MB3.130 Kelly Jazvac: Forward Contamination
12h45-14h00   Lunch break (not provided)
14h00-16h00 MB3.130

Institute for Urban Futures Long Table: The Role of Art in Shaping Environmental and Social Sustainability

Facilitated by Shauna Janssen and Alex Tigchelaar

Kelly Jazvac: Forward Contamination
MB2.130 Angie Arsenault: Brownfield Notes: Urban Foraging in the Post-Industrial Landscape
16h00-16h30 MB9C&D Poster Session and Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided
16h30-17h30 MB9C&D Keynote Address: Alice Jarry: Glass Residue and Upcycling Processes: Materiality, Aesthetic Experiences and Sustainable Engagement
MB3.130 Kelly Jazvac: Forward Contamination
17h30-19:30   Break for supper (not provided)
19:30-22:00 MB9C&D Film screening and discussion of Running on Climate

 

Thursday, March 21st (Loyola Campus)

Timeslot Location Event
9h15-10h15 RF110

Panel VIIA: Making Canadian Cities Smart (er): Reflections on the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

Featuring Nabeel Ahmed, Hone Mandefro and Megan Marcoux

RF120

Panel VIIB: Pollination and Soils

9h15: Geneviève Nadeau Bonin: Growing Food on Unknown Soil: Understanding the History of Contamination in Kahnawà:ke

9h30: Matthew Polinsky and Bengi Akbulut: Beekeeping in Canada: Assessing Trends of Self-Sufficiency and Commodification of Honey Bees

9h45: Hannah Brown: The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: A Study of Pollinator Diversity and Abundance Across Montreal Urban Green Spaces

 

Between RF & SP, outside Eduardo Della Foresta and Carmela Santoianni: The Clay Bird Project, 2019. Group Creation
10h15-10h30 RF Lobby Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided
10h30-11h15 RF110

Panel VIIIA: Reconciling Biodiversity Conservation with Social and Economic Concerns

10h30: Dominique Gravel, Caroline Lesage, David Lyczba, Anne Marie Quadros, and Hannah Tait, and Miranda Weisenberg: Sustainable Death

10h45: Tate LeJeune, Daniel McClay, Cassidy MacDonald, Amanda Jipa, and Patrick Viau: Adding Grey to the Green: Urban Development in Senneville, Quebec

11h00: Mariya Chugay, Maria Rodica Florea, Samantha Henry, Anna Krupa, and Kaela-Rose Le Blanc: Fast Fashion: Destruction of Biodiversity

RF120

Panel VIIIB: Roads and Connectivity:

10h30: Jonathan Cole and Jochen Jaeger: Identifying Risk Areas for Future Loss of Connectivity in the Adirondack-Laurentians Ecological Corridor and Proposing Proactive Protection Areas and Mitigation Measures

10h45: Benjamin Brunen​​, Caroline Daguet​, and Jochen Jaeger​: Are Drainage Culverts an Adequate Substitute for Designated Wildlife Structures for Small- and Medium-sized Mammals?

11h00: Kendra Warnock, Caroline Daguet, and Jochen Jaeger: Encouraging Wildlife Use of Existing Crossing Structures along Roads: Which factors require improvement?

Between RF & SP, outside Eduardo Della Foresta and Carmela Santoianni: The Clay Bird Project, 2019. Group Creation
11h15-11h30 RF Lobby Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided
11h30-12h30 RF110 Keynote Address: Carly Ziter: Effects of Landscape Structure, Historical Land-use, and Biodiversity on Urban Ecosystem Services
Between RF & SP, outside Eduardo Della Foresta: The Clay Bird Project, 2019. Group Creation
12h30-14h00 RF120 Lunch provided
14h00-15h00 RF110 Guest Keynote: Marc Johnson: The Importance of Preserving and Enhancing Nature in the Urban Jungle
Between RF & SP, outside Eduardo Della Foresta and Carmela Santoianni: The Clay Bird Project, 2019. Group Creation
15h00-15h30 RF110 Closing Remarks and Student Awards Ceremony

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