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Great Blue Heron Week: Designing Cities That Embrace Nature

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When: May 31, 2018 from 04:45 pm to 06:15 pm

Join the Audubon Society of Portland, Urban Greenspaces Institute, and other partners in The Intertwine Alliance in celebrating Portland’s official city bird. The Great Blue Heron is an iconic species that represents the rich diversity of bird and other animal life native to the Portland-metro region.

Where: At PSU's Shattuck Hall Annex at SW Broadway and SW Hall Street. The Annex is at the northeast corner of Shattuck Hall.

Dr. Tim Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia, will describe what cities in the Biophilic Cities Network are doing to adopt policies that reflect and contribute to a better understanding of urban residents’ innate love of nature. “Biophilic Urbanism” assumes that contact with nature and the natural world is absolutely essential to modern urban life.

Scientific evidence is mounting that we are more resilient, creative, and healthier physically and psychologically when we live, work, and recreate in the presence of nature. The concept of Biophilia holds that love of nature is “hard-wired” in us, an inborn trait. Dr. Beatley will share the work he and colleagues are engaged in to encourage greater access to nature in cities.

Doors open at 4:45 pm at the Shattuck Hall Annex at Portland State University at SW Broadway and SW Hall Street. Program 5 pm to 6:15 pm.

Timothy Beatley is author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities, Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning. Beatley founded and directs the Biophilic Cities Project at UVA (http://biophiliccities.org/). He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Political Science from UNC, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelors of City Planning from UVA. 

Sponsors: PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Urban Greenspaces Institute, and Moda Health.  

Leaders: Dr. Tim Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia & Director, International Biophilic Cities Program, Shattuck Hall Annex, Portland State University.  

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