B6 Promoting sustainable lifestyles for healthy and happy cities

20 Jun 2018
14:00 - 15:30

B6 Promoting sustainable lifestyles for healthy and happy cities

Active mobility and sustainable lifestyles are one of the key elements in creating places that encourage healthy lifestyles and maximize the capacity of residents and visitors to live fuller lives of higher quality in a city. Despite mounting evidence on the relationships between environmental characteristics, activity patterns, and health, most decisions in planning and design appear to be made without considering their implications for residents’ activity and their health.

In order to promote sustainable and active lifestyles through planning, it is necessary that decision-making processes explicitly incorporate people’s activity patterns as a key criterion. However, those who are involved in the planning are not always necessarily aware of the long-term impact their decisions could ultimately have on people’s health by influencing their behaviours, and there remains significant work to be done to realize such cooperation. This session will discuss the possibility of making use of existing planning and design initiatives to promote active and sustainable lifestyles. More specifically, it will be discussed how planning principles aiming for sustainability need to be more conducive of physical activity and sustainable consumption.

Jeet Mistry
Experte, One Planet city challenge, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)


Clean air – Green City 
Le Than Thuy
Head Project Management,Municipality of Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam

Building Community Capacity for change 
Lisa Hemp
Mayor, City of Victoria, Canada

The case of urban well-being in Rosario 
Maria Cecilia Alvarez
Subsecretary of environment, City of Rosario, Argentina

Beyond zero emission and building community capacity for change
Kim Le Cerf
Mayor, City of Darebin Australia

 Active design: We need to move 
Jean Francois Pinsonneault,
Conseiller en Aménagement, Ville de Montreal

BreatheLife: Mobilizing cities and individuals to reduce air pollution for our health and climate
Dan McDougall 
Senior Fellow, CCAC  to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Canada

The case of Cape Town
Lorraine Gerrans
Head of sustainable partnerships and financing, City of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa