Watch the recording of the webinar below!
The Council of the Great Lakes Region hosted a webinar on Thursday, May 26th at 3:00 PM ET, where we discussed the timely report, “Sustainable Great Lakes: A Regional Assessment of Sustainability in the Binational Great Lakes Megaregion.”
This report, published in October 2021 by Dr. Daniel Hoornweg, Associate Dean and Professor, Ontario Tech University and Mark Fisher, President and CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region, outlines a framework that can be used to establish a common sustainability purpose in the binational Great Lakes region and the direction and targets required to monitor progress and adjust actions accordingly. This report also provides recommendations for the next steps on the journey toward a more sustainable, prosperous Great Lakes region.
During the webinar, our speakers discussed key findings and sustainable development goals from the report and the bio-physical and socio-economic indicators that were examined in the Great Lakes region. Including:
- Climate Change
- Biodiversity Loss
- Freshwater Use
- Change in Land Use
- Nitrogen Cycle
- Chemical Pollution
- Waste Generation
- Geophysical and Climate Risk
- Youth Opportunity
- Energy Access and Intensity
- Mobility and Connectivity
- Security and Public Safety
Dan Hoornweg is an Associate Dean and Professor at Ontario Tech University. For almost 20 years, he was with the World Bank, including as Lead Advisor overseeing Sustainable Cities and Climate Change programs. Dan was the Chief Safety and Risk Officer for the Province of Ontario from 2012 to 2020 (Technical Standards and Safety Authority, TSSA).
Dan is a Fellow with Canada’s Transition Accelerator and the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, and he Chairs the Region of Durham’s Roundtable on Climate Change. He also spends his time researching the energy and material flows of cities and urban systems.