Built Environment


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

Printer Friendly, PDF & Email

Active Transportation in Urban Areas: Exploring Health Benefits and Risks

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…
View Full Article

Air Quality and Community Health Impact of Animal Manure Management

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…
View Full Article

An introduction to SARS-CoV-2

The emergence of a novel coronavirus in December 2019, now identified as SARS-CoV-2, has resulted in a global pandemic with an unprecedented public health response. This document provides an…
View Full Article

Are Naturally Ventilated LEED Buildings Healthier?

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,…
View Full Article

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…
View Full Article

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…
View Full Article

Built Environment Readiness Assessment

How ready is your organization to work in this area? We've developed resource materials to be used as a package or separately. The package includes the following: Dialogue between a public health…
View Full Article

Cardiovascular Health, Traffic-related Air Pollution and Noise: Are associations mutually confounded? A systematic review

This review assessed the confounding effect of one traffic-related exposure (noise or air pollutants) on the association between the other exposure and cardiovascular outcomes. A systematic review…
View Full Article

Cemetery Setback Distances to Prevent Surface Water Contamination

Primary inquiry: In Canada, as in many other countries, cemeteries are required to be setback a certain distance from waterbodies to protect drinking water sources from contaminated liquids that can…
View Full Article

Community Planning with a Health Equity Lens: Promising Directions and Strategies

Community planning has the potential to reduce health inequities. Applying an equity lens to community health planning can encourage greater focus on the process, the implications, and suggested…
View Full Article

COVID-19 and outdoor safety: Considerations for use of outdoor recreational spaces

[NOTE:a printer friendly version of this document is attached at the bottom] Introduction Outdoor recreational spaces make important contributions to social well-being as well as physical and…
View Full Article

COVID-19 Precautions for Multi-unit Residential Buildings

Multi-unit residential buildings bring together tens to hundreds of people within the same building envelope and in contact with many of the same surfaces. Although we know that COVID-19 is primarily…
View Full Article

Crematoria and Air Quality Fact Sheet

[NOTE: A printer friendly version is attached at the bottom of this document] In Canada, preference for cremation is increasing. The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) estimates that…
View Full Article

Crematoria emissions and air quality impacts

Primary inquiry A municipality received an application from a funeral home to install a cremator within their facility. Objections were received from nearby residents who were concerned about…
View Full Article

Equity in EH Workshop Toolkit: Building organizational capacity for health equity

Equity in EH Workshop Toolkit: Health equity knowledge to action

The Equity in Environmental Public Health Workshop Toolkit, created by the BC Centre for Disease Control, is a collection of readymade, customizable resources that can be used to create a…
View Full Article

Equity in EH Workshop Toolkit: Introduction to health equity

The Equity in Environmental Public Health Workshop Toolkit, created by the BC Centre for Disease Control, is a collection of readymade, customizable resources that can be used to create a…
View Full Article

Exploring the Relationship between the Built Environment and Social Isolation and Loneliness: Implications for Public Policy

This work was one of the 2018 Ron de Burger Student Award winners. Author: Amber Gillespie, University of Guelph, Master of Public HealthIntroductionSocial isolation and loneliness is a significant…
View Full Article

Extreme Heat can be a Killer

Video TranscriptCanada is experiencing more extremely hot days and longer periods of heat than during the late 20th century and it is going to get worse. Every year, about people die from heat…
View Full Article