Past Events


Our Planet, Our Health - Ecosystem approaches to forecasting zoonotic diseases 

Date: Jan. 22, 2021

CUE Faculty Host: Prof. John Ratcliffe

Speaker: Prof. Kate Jones, Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at University College London and Director of the Nature-Smart Centre in the Institute of Future Living

Seminar Abstract:Today we live longer and more prosperous lives than ever before, as a species we have made huge advances to create conditions for better health for billions of people, however this progress is taking a heavy toll on the planet's natural systems. I will explore the links and interdependencies between our health and the health of our planet with particular reference to understanding how rapid global environmental change impacts the emergence and spread of high impact infectious diseases like Ebola or Covid. I will discuss how recent advances in the resolution and coverage of remote-sensing satellite data and cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms open up the possibilities of developing global early warning systems to prevent and manage future epidemics.



CUE Annual General Meeting

Date: Dec. 15, 2020

Location: Virtual meeting


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

Date: Feb. 26, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Megan Maurer, Columbia University

'Just' cities: Traffic-related air pollution and justice in the context of urban sustainability.

Date: Feb. 5, 2020
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Matthew Adams
Speaker: Prof. Julian Marshall, University of Washington


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

Date: Sept. 20, 2019
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson
Speaker: Dr. Carly Ziter , Concordia University

Evolution in an Urbanizing World

Date: Aug. 22, 2019
Organizers: Anne Charmantier, Adrien Frantz, Julien Gasparini and Marc Johnson
Description: This symposium featured eight leading edge talks and 10 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.

UrbEnNet: Air pollution monitoring system

Date: June 27, 2019
Speaker: Prof. Matthew Adams (University of Toronto)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson

French American Climate Talks – Biodiversity

Date: June 20, 2019
Organizers: Stephen Wright, Asher Cutter with the French Embassy
Description: An 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.

UrbEnNet: Laboratory Analysis System

Date: June 13, 2019
Speaker: Profs. Yuhong He (University of Toronto), Tim Duval (University of Toronto) and Myrna Simpson (University of Toronto)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson

UrbEnNet: The urban ecotron

Date: May 27, 2019
Speaker: Profs. Marc Cadotte (University of Toronto) and Kenneth Welch (University of Toronto)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson

Growing our Green Infrastructure

Date: May 24, 2019
Organizers: Prof. Tenley Conway and Ian Mell
Description: CUE 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.

Overview of the UrbEnNet Project

Date: May 6, 2019
Speaker: Prof. Marc Johnson (University of Toronto)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson

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

Date: March 14, 2019
Speaker: Prof. Manny Teodoro (Texas A&M University)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Sara Hughes

Cities and the Environment: Challenges and opportunities

Date: Feb. 7, 2019
Speaker: Prof. Matti Siemiatycki (School of Cities, University of Toronto) 
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson

Ecological Modernization and Waste Management in China

Date: Jan. 17, 2019
Speaker: Prof. Amy Zhang (New York University)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Andrea Muehlebach


Investigating Urban Ecology and Sustainability Through the Lens of Ecological Infrastructure

Date: Nov. 5, 2018
Presenter: Prof. Daniel Childers (Arizona State University)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. Marc Johnson


The past, present and future of our urban environment

Link to Event

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Organizers: Marc 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.