Our future prosperity is related to sustainable production of manufactured goods and consumption of resources. The depletion of natural resources, rising greenhouse gas emissions with consumption of energy and materials require careful considerations for future uses of energy and materials. The demand for materials used to create buildings, infrastructure, equipment and products is expected to double in the next 40 years. Understanding the effects of materials and energy flows in the environment and changing materials and energy consumption is critical for our efforts to foster sustainability.
Thus the symposium will focus on communicating what roadmaps can help achieve more sustainable energy and materials flows in cities (urban metabolism) and in industrial systems (industrial ecology). The symposium will discuss the theme in a global context as well as considering Canada’s political, economic, environmental and social setting. The symposium will foster public engagement and understanding of the relevance of sustainable engineering to peoples’ lives. We are seeking a balanced and open debate and aim to share credible relevant viewpoints on our theme through the symposium presentations and audience questions. The speakers will focus on how to go about thinking holistically about sustainable cities and industries to achieve significant reduction in carbon emissions.
The public events on March 17th and 18th will be live streamed at: http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/Viewer/?EventID=201311227277.
After the events are over, the video recordings will immediately be hosted at: http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/ListRecordings.aspx?CourseID=8957 and on our website www.mcgill.ca/tised by May 2014.