Island Press Events


ZNE for Local Governments Workshop, LGSEC Quarterly Meeting

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:30am EST

415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402
United States

Please join the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC)New Buildings Institute (NBI), and The Energy Network for a quarterly energy networking meeting and Zero Net Energy workshop for California local government energy professionals.

This event is part of the LGSEC's regular quarterly networking meetings, NBI's series of workshops on how California local governments can integrate state goals to achieve ZNE buildings, and The Energy Network's series of workshops to build public agency capacity and expertise.

Great Asian Streets Symposium 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 8:30am SGT

Education Resource Centre
8 College Ave West
National University of Singapore, University Town

Mike Lydon is the co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change. He will be the keynote speaker at The Great Asian Street Symposium (GASS) 2016. Lydon is an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for livable cities. Lydon is Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an international award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco.

GASS was initiated in 2001 at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University
of Singapore (NUS), in response to the long-standing lack of truly Asian perspectives in the literature and research on Asian cities. GASS aimed
to establish an Asian-rooted center of excellence to foster exchange and communication of ideas and studies within this field.

Over the past 15 years, GASS has successfully shared and integrated cutting-edge debates and discussions on many problems and challenges confronting
Asian cities, such as traffic congestion, air pollution, social segregation, environmental degradation, and slum proliferation. On this basis, the GASS community
has also created a significant knowledge base with exemplary policies and design practices that effectively addressed the above-mentioned issues and played an important role as a catalyst for constructive and creative thinking about Asian cities in the 21st century.

Global Street Design Guide

Webinar: Global Street Design Guide

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 10:00am EST

December 12, 2016; 10:00 AM EST & 8:00 PM EST (2 sessions)


Each year, 1.2 million people die from traffic fatalities, highlighting the need to design streets that offer safe and sustainable mobility choices for all people. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Global Street Design Guide (GSDG) offers the first-ever worldwide standards for designing city streets and prioritizing safety, pedestrians, transit, and sustainable transportation. GSDG is a timely resource that sets a global baseline for designing streets and public spaces and redefines the role of streets in a rapidly urbanizing world.


Join us for a discussion about how the tools and strategies defined in GSDG can be put to use in your city. The authors of GSDG will be joined by global experts, who have contributed global case studies to the Guide, to examine how urban streets can improve access, safety, mobility for all users, environmental quality, economic benefit, public health, and overall quality of life.


Register for one of the following two sessions to Change Streets to Change the World!


Session 1

10:00 AM EST


Session 2

8:00 PM EST

Webinar: Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 1:15pm EST

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and practitioners across the world.


Announced at COP 22, Countdown will track progress on health and climate change. It follows on from the work of the 2015 Lancet Commission, which concluded that the response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”. Countdown will develop indicators to track the world’s response to climate change, and the health benefits that result.

Countdown will actively seek to engage with existing monitoring processes, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and World Health Organization’s climate and health country profiles. The indicators will also evolve over time through ongoing collaboration with experts and a range of stakeholders, and be dependent on the emergence of new evidence and knowledge. This is especially relevant to the public health practitioner and public health research communities, because of the collaborative nature of the initiative.


Join Island Press, the Public Health Institute and the Security and Sustainability Forum for the US introduction of Countdown.