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Vancouver Convention Centre | May 28-30, 2019




Closing Plenary Keynote
Thursday, May 30 | 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

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Dr. Kristie Ebi

Professor, Environment and Occupational Health Sciences Department of Global Health, University of Washington




Cross roads and health challenges imposed by climate change and how healthy and resilient buildings can help tackle vulnerability

Dr. Kristie Ebi’s expertise on the health risks of and responses to global climate change complement the green building industry’s primary focus – the achievement of a resilient low-carbon future. A resilient society is comprised of several factors – from water to energy supply, ecosystems, infrastructure, transportation and the built environment. The built environment plays a significant role in the protection of human health. We already know the greatest influencer of carbon emissions come from the buildings where we live, work and play. A resilient, low-carbon, built environment is critical in the creation of long lasting, healthy environments. The time is now for innovative policies, standards, technologies, approaches and pathways to make cities more resilient and lead to stronger health outcomes. While mitigation policies vary by region, using data and research to achieve resilient societies is necessary. As resiliency improves, so does the mitigation of risk.  

Join us for a compelling hour on Thursday May 30 as Dr. Ebi discusses the conclusions of the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5C, the health risks of climate change, and the co-benefits of mitigation policies. 

Kristie L. Ebi is the Rohm & Haas Endowed Professorship in Public Health Sciences and she been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years.  Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases.  She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments.  She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others. She also is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee on New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.  Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has edited four books on aspects of climate change and has more than 180 publications.


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