Past Events

Past Seminars and Symposia


Title: Experiencing Nature and Happiness in Washington Square Park:a mixed-method study of the relationship of urban green space to well-being

Date: February 26, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Megan Maurer, Columbia University



Title: "Just" cities:traffic-related air pollution and justice in the context of urban sustainability.

Date:February 5, 2020

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Matthew Adams

Speaker: Prof. Julian Marshall, University of Washington



Title: Thinking beyond the park: landscape structure, land-use history, and biodiversity shape urban ecosystem services 

Date: September 20, 2019 

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson 

Speaker: Dr. Carly Ziter , Concordia University


Title: Evolution in an Urbanizing World 

Date: August 22, 2019 

Organizers: Anne Charmantier, Adrien Frantz, Julien Gasparini, and Marc Johnson 

Description: This symposium featured eight leading edge talks and ten posters, examining how urbanization affects the evolution of species in the wild. It was an invited symposium as part of the Joint Congress of Evolutionary Biology in Montpellier.  


Title: UrbEnNet: Air pollution monitoring system 

Date: June 27, 2019 

SpeakerProf. Matthew Adams (University of Toronto) 

CUE Faculty HostProf. Marc Johnson 


Title: French American Climate Talks – Biodiversity 

DateJune 20, 2019 

OrganizersStephen Wright, Asher Cutter with the French Embassy 

DescriptionAn affiliated event of the G20 in France, this panel discussion was a collaboration between the French embassy, the Faculty of Arts and Science at U of T, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Centre for Urban Environments. CUE helped to organize the event and was a co-sponsor.  


Title: UrbEnNet: Laboratory Analysis System  

DateJune 13, 2019 

Speaker: Profs. Yuhong He (University of Toronto), Tim Duval (University of Toronto), and Myrna Simpson (University of Toronto) 

CUE Faculty HostProf. Marc Johnson 


Title: UrbEnNet: the urban ecotron 

DateMay 27, 2019 

SpeakerProfs. Marc Cadotte (University of Toronto) and Kenneth Welch (University of Toronto) 

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson 


Title: Growing our Green Infrastructure 

DateMay 24, 2019 

Organizers: Prof. Tenley Conway and Ian Mell 

DescriptionCUE co-sponsored and provided administrative support for this one-day symposium, which brought together academics, government, conservation organizations, city officials, and industry to discuss and learn the best practice in green infrastructure that can contribute to more sustainable cities. 


Title: Overview of the UrbEnNet Project 

Date: May 6, 2019 

Speaker: Prof. Marc Johnson (University of Toronto) 

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson 


Title: Water Affordability in the United States: paths into (and maybe out of) a crisis 

DateMarch 14, 2019 

Speaker: Prof. Manny Teodoro (Texas A&M University) 

CUE Faculty HostProf. Sara Hughes 


Title: Cities and the Environment: challenges and opportunities 

DateFebruary 7, 2019 

Speaker: Prof. Matti Siemiatycki (School of Cities, University of Toronto)  

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson 


Title: Ecological Modernization and Waste Management in China 

DateJanuary 17, 2019 

Speaker: Prof. Amy Zhang (New York University) 

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Andrea Muehlebach 



Title: Investigating Urban Ecology and Sustainability Through the Lens of Ecological Infrastructure 

Date: November 5, 2018 

Presenter: Prof. Daniel Childers (Arizona State University) 

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson 



DateTuesday, December 5, 2017 

OrganizersMarc Johnson, Christoph Richter, M.J. Fortin 

Description: This one-day symposium was the official launch of the Centre for Urban Environments. It included one keynote speaker (Mayor Bonnie Crombie), three plenary spears (Deputy Chief of the Mississauga of Credit, President Meric Gertler, Dr. Steward Pickett), seven short talks, and two panel discussions. Speakers and attendees included academics, students, politicians, policy members, conservation organizations, private industry, and members of the public.