Built Environment


Recognizing the health impacts of the natural and human-made surroundings in which we live, work, and play.

2019 SPPI Conference - Good Neighbours Strong Communities

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A closer look at energy expenditure and pollution inhalation during urban cycling: Physics, physiology, and travel behaviour

Although urban cycling is widely known and promoted as physically active transportation, the actual physics of utilitarian cycling have been given little attention in transportation engineering and…
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A local food environment policy framework: How to take action and measure change in Ontario

Government policies targeting the availability, affordability, and marketing of foods can shape the food environment. Local governments are often the first to implement innovative healthy food…
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A Well-Being Mandate: City Building in the 21st Century

The way we build cities shapes how people live. City building can create positive or negative health outcomes. It can contribute to or detract from the genuine well-being of individuals and…
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Active Transportation in Urban Areas: Exploring Health Benefits and Risks (UBC Bridge Program)

Active transportation refers mainly to walking and cycling for transportation.Health Benefits: People who use active transportation are, on average, more physically fit, less obese, and have a…
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Adaptation Canada 2020 : Raising our Game on Resilience

Adaptation Canada 2020 is Canada’s national conference on climate change adaptation. Building on the success of the 2016 conference in Ottawa, Adaptation Canada 2020 rolls out February 19-21 for…
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Air Quality and Community Health Impact of Animal Manure Management (UBC Bridge Program)

Nearly 200 million tonnes of livestock manure are generated in Canada each year.1 Manure storage and land application tends to produce odour, greenhouse gases, microbes, and particulate matter, which…
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An Introduction to Healthy Built Environments

Are greener (and bluer) cities really better for health?

Are Naturally Ventilated LEED Buildings Healthier? (UBC Bridge Program)

Green building rating systems such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) employ a variety of design solutions to reduce energy and minimize environmental damage. These solutions,…
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Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber

Modern artificial turf is used indoors and outdoors in a wide variety of settings, including multipurpose recreational and professional sports fields, playgrounds, residential areas, and public…
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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, elusive, and resilient insects that live by feeding on the blood of mammals, including humans. Bed bug infestations have become prominent worldwide, generating…
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Bed Bugs and Public Health: A Re-emerging Scourge for the New Public Health

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) 2010 Centennial Conference 
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Bed Bugs and Public Health: New Approaches for an Old Scourge

The objective of this paper is to share four Canadian cities’ experiences with bed bug infestations and to explore public health roles in managing them. We summarize presentations from a workshop at…
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Bed bugs: What to do about unwanted houseguests

Beyond Zoonosis: The Mental Health Impacts of Rat Exposure of Inner-City Residents

This work was one of the 2018 Ron de Burger Student Award winners. Author: Raymond Lam, University of British Columbia – Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental HygieneIntroductionRats…
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Bringing Health Back Into Planning: Overview of Canadian Tools and Cross-Sector Action

Presentations:IntroductionCatherine Elliott, BC Centre for Disease ControlHealth 201Alice Miro, Heart and Stroke Foundation of CanadaHealthy Built Environment InventoryErna van Balen, NCCEHCLASP…
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Building Safe & Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach

The annual conference is designed to help attendees learn new methods of fostering safe, healthy and inclusive communities by showcasing the latest work and research within the realm of public health…
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Building Sustainable Communities: 2019 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference

The 2019 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Conference is all about bringing together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural issues.  This…
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