CMS Event: Planning & Designing for Behavior Change Towards Sustainability (CM | 2)

When it comes to sustainability, we usually focus on technical solutions that promise to make the built world more resource-efficient and environmentally responsible (e.g. building public transit instead of highways, insulating our houses, putting solar panels on our roofs, etc.). However, the technological availability of infrastructure systems is not the main reason why people change from driving their cars to using public transit. The root causes for human behavior and the choice of one option over another are very complex and have to be addressed on a deeper level. The multidiscipline nature and complexity of urban planning and design enable us to understand the different levels of a decision making process and allow us to change behavior by changing the environment in which the behavior takes place. This session will explore why people tend to choose unsustainable options over sustainable alternatives. We will be discussing the disconnection between environmental knowledge and action and what we can do as planners and designers to not just plan for sustainable cities but for sustainable people.


Helen Santiago Fink, AICP, PhD Candidate,

Researcher & Consultant in the Urban Climate Field, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna Austria / Washington DC), Urban Climate Research Network

Petra Hurtado, PhD (formerly Stieninger) Postdoctoral Research, Vienna University of Technology Jennifer Senick, PhD Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy Development

Richard E. Wener, PhD Professor of Environmental Psychology, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

DETAILS WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM WHERE: CMAP, 233 S Wacker Dr #800, Chicago, IL 60606 COST: $15 general admission / $5 student admission (cash or check written out to APA-CMS).

REGISTER: QUESTIONS: For program questions, please contact the CMS Board at CM CREDITS: Two (2.00) AICP CM credits pending



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