We cordially invite you to attend the upcoming webinar “Cool and Healthy – Cool Towns meets Health & Greenspace” on 21 June 2021, from 13.30 – 16.00 hrs.
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Discover the programme of the webinar:
In times of increasing heatwaves people need cool places to stay healthy. But how do you create cool circumstances in urban outdoor spaces? And how do you involve citizens, stakeholders and future users in creating these places in their environment? And what are the actual effects of these spaces on physical and mental health?
The following scientists and experts in their field give their views on these current issues followed by good practices during the joint webinar “Cool and Healthy – Cool Towns meats Health & Greenspace” on Monday 21 June at 13.30 hrs (CEST).
Clever and cool – designing climate-responsive outdoor spaces by means of urban green infrastructure
Dr. Wiebke Klemm / UrbanGreenScape
Dr Wiebke Klemm puts the scientific knowledge from her PhD research at Wageningen University into practice as senior policy advisor Sustainable Living Environment at the municipality of The Hague and in her consultancy firm UrbanGreenScape.
– PhD research “Clever and cool – generating design guidelines for climate-responsive urban green infrastructure”
How does urban green influence the urban climate and the residents’ thermal comfort? And how can that knowledge be used in the design of climate-responsive outdoor spaces? Those are the questions Dr. Wiebke Klemm will address in het keynote speech, by linking the perspectives of scientific research, design practice and policy making. Her plea is to make our cities climate-responsive and “cool” with “clever” green instead of just more green.
Green Participation – the benefits of effective stakeholder management and engagement in green spaces
Dr. Gerard van Keken / Remarkable identity / Merkwaardige Identiteit
Dr. Gerard van Keken is both a researcher and a practicioner on the subject of identies of places and strategies of place branding and place making. What can be done in adapting and transforming places by using the knowledge, culture and the people (stakeholders) of places to make places sustainable, resilient and ready for future challenges, are assignments for his research and projects in his researchfirm ‘Remarkable Identitiy’.
Our governing authorities are increasingly constructing and creating green infrastructure and green places in order to make cities climate proof and deal with relatively new challenges on heat and water. This has also effects on the health, wellbeing and welfare of people living there. The benefits of green infrastructure and green places are widely known and recognized, but explaining them to the citizens and stakeholders is a challenge. From reactive policies to pro-active policies, and from inactive to active. Participating in the planning process can create involved and engaged stakeholders and a search for added values that can benefit multiple stakeholders.
Crucial is that stakeholders are taking ownership of green places in several ways. Taking ownership and feeling responsible creates conditions for long term engagement. Lessons learned from the case of Molenwaterpark in Middelburg, the South-West of the Netherlands, an example of effective stakeholder management.
Vitamin G: the importance of green space for our health
Dr. Jolanda Maas
Assistant Professor, section Clinical Psychology of the Department of Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental psychology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
– PhD research Vitaming G: Green environments – Healthy environments (2009)
Green space is an interesting instrument to use if you want to stimulate residents health as contact with green space can stimulate people’s physical and mental wellbeing in different ways. During her presentation Dr. Jolanda Maas will first inform you about the importance of green space for our health. She will then discuss how the knowledge on the importance of green space can be applied in the work-, school- and care environment. Questions she will answer are ‘What are the health effects of implementing green space in the work, school and care environment? and ‘What are barriers and facilitators of implementing healthy green space?’.
We hope this webinar is of interest to you and look forward to hosting you on 21 June.
With kind regards,
Interreg 2 Seas Cool Towns – and Urbact Health & Greenspace project team