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The Nature of Health: Integrating health considerations into nature-based urban planning

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Presented by: Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI)

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Location: Virtual – Link will sent to you by email before the event.

Join us for the first event in our three-part health series:

This webinar will highlight findings and discuss implications of SPI’s new report, The Nature of Health: Integrating health considerations into nature-based urban planning, which was published by SPI in October 2021.

Presentation by:

  • Michael Twigg - Report Lead Author and Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute


  • Dr. Shirra Freeman - CPL Research Consulting and the University of Haifa
  • Brian Buchardt - Urban Design Planner, City of Peterborough


  • Dr. Paige Olmsted - Senior Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute

This webinar from Smart Prosperity Institute will explore the nature-health-climate nexus and support the business case for using nature-based solutions to improve health outcomes in Canadian communities. While many health benefits of urban nature are well established – for example, more greenspace means a lower risk of respiratory illnesses – this webinar will explore the less-recognized, measurable impacts of specific nature-based solutions on human health outcomes, including changes in rates of mortality and morbidity. This webinar will also outline the challenges frequently faced by Canadian decision-makers accounting for the health co-benefits of nature, including:

  • Quantifying health co-benefits of nature-based solutions in meaningful economic terms
  • Ensuring health co-benefits are equitably distributed and build health resilience, maintain well-being, and support thriving communities
  • Collecting the right local data to track how nature-based solutions contribute to positive health outcomes

This event is open to all, and is particularly targeted to an audience of governments, community-based and health organizations, and environmental stakeholders that are advancing projects to capture health co-benefits generated from nature-based solutions or seeking to integrate environmental determinants of health.

To submit questions to the panel ahead of the event, please email

November is Health Month at SPI:

This event is part of a series exploring the intersection of health, nature, climate, and the economy. Tune in to the other webinars in this series:

This event series will highlight a series of reports to be published by Smart Prosperity Institute in October 2021.

If you require any adaptive measures in order to attend this event, please send an email to so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada

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