Urban Sustainability: Youth: The Missing Solution?


e-Dialogue Series on Urban Sustainability
Topic: Urban Sustainability: Youth- The Missing Solution?
Wednesday, June 23th, 2010, 1-3pm PST

The Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network and Royal Roads University are collaborating on a series of e-Dialogues that will bring thought leaders together on a number of issues related to urban sustainability and long-term planning.

Join us for our real time e-Dialogue with experts from around the world on the role of youth in urban planning. Each panelist will provide a brief overview of the initiatives they are using to engage youth in long-term planning and urban sustainability in their city. There will be a discussion about what best practices and what are the opportunities to leverage the energy of youth in urban sustainability initiatives. Discussion around common pitfalls/challenges will also be included. Common elements or concerns regarding the role of youth and international interns in instigating urban solutions will be reviewed.

Moderated by Dr. Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, panelists include well known researchers and practitioners:

  1. Steve Dotterrer - Principle Planner City of PortlandPam Phan – Youth Planning Program coordinator, City of Portland
  2. Kathleen Wilson - Youth Led Development Coordinator at the Co-operators, Regina
  3. Caitlin Purvis - Sustainable Cities Youth Interns in Colima, Mexico
  4. Afton Halloran - Sustainable Cities Urbamn Agriculture Youth Intern in Dar es Salam, Tanzania
  5. Doug Ragan - Senior Associate with Sustainable Cities, and PhD Candidate at the University of Colorado's Children, Youth and Environments Center
  6. Rebecca Foon - Planner with Sustainability Solutions Group

Participate in the e-Dialogue and make a difference now to the sustainable future of cities. All participants must register in advance to participate in the e-Dialogue. Please go to http://www.e-dialogues.ca to register in the e-audience and ‘listen’ to the expert dialogue, and ask questions of the e-panel. The e-audience will remain open for 24 hours to allow you to ask questions and add your comments. We look forward to your participation in this critical public policy issue.

Ann Dale
Ann DaleAnn Dale is a Professor at Royal Roads University, where she leads several research projects, including e-Dialogues for Sustainable Development and is active in the environmental movement.


Rebecca Foon, BA, MUP, LEED AP 

Rebecca is an urban planner dedicated to integrating a holistic understanding of sustainability to help shape healthy communities. Her experience includes organizing and facilitating public consultations, project management, conducting energy and water assessments, LEED consulting and creating sustainability guides. She has extensively researched water-related environmental issues in North America and India in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management. She recently worked as a sustainability/creative consultant for Planet Green's urban environment television series Wa$ted (Discovery Channel). Rebecca is currently the project manager on a broad-based sustainability strategy for Algonquin College and is the LEED coordinator for Proment Development's new residential development project targeting LEED gold in Montreal, Canada. 

Afton Halloran
Afton Halloran studied sustainable agriculture and rural development in the Global Resource Systems Programme at the University of British Columbia. Through this multi-disciplinary program she was able to travel abroad to see different practices in Norway and Uganda. She brings extensive knowledge of agriculture, sustainability and development and is currently working with youth in the communities in Dar es Salaam where she is implementing her project.

Caitlin Purvis 
Caitlin Purvis is a CIDA IYIP Intern based in Colima, Mexico, where she is working with marginalized communities to help identify community assets and identity in order to build a vision for public space. The project is titled Community Development around Public Space and is supported by the Planning Institute for the City of Colima (under the Secretary of Youth and the Planning and Social Development Sectors of the Municipality). Using surveys, questionnaires and workshops, the objective is to understand the needs of the community and have an architect design a public space to fit those needs. Throughout the process, it is hoped that the community will come together and citizens concerns can be met with solutions. This project is the first participatory planning project of its kind in the area. 

Doug Ragan
Doug is a Senior Associate with Sustainable Cities. He currently is under fellowship at the University of Colorado’s Children, Youth and Environments Centre finishing his PhD in Urban Planning and Design. He is also working on a UN-HABITAT/Sustainable Cities project focused on developing the youth programs for the One Stop Youth Resource Centres in East Africa and the newly launched Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth Led Development. Doug was previously the principle of an international youth agency for 18 years and has worked in 15 different countries, and has authored academic and practice based publications. Doug lives in Vancouver, Canada and is married with two children. 

Steve Dotterrer, Principle Planner
Steve Dotterrer is currently a Principal Planner with Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He manages the Policy Division, which includes housing and economic development planners and other subject experts as well as the intergovernmental and youth planning activities.From 1980 to 2001, he was the Chief Transportation Planner for the City of Portland. Steve was educated in Architecture at the University of Oregon and at UC-Berkeley. He is the author of chapters in several books on Portland land use and transportation history.  He is also the co-chair of the National Steering Committee for the annual conference “Rail-Volution: Building Livable Communities with Transit.” 

Pam Phan, Youth Planning Program Coordinator
Pam Phan, a Portland, Oregon native whose parents came to the United States from Vietnam in the 1970's, has had over 13 years experience working with Immigrant and Refugee Communities and Youth of Color. Through her work at the American Friends Service Committee, she created youth empowerment programs locally, nationally and internationally which provide esteem building and youth leadership development through social and political analysis, music, art, and independent print media. Her professional focus has been to help create political space for Youth of Color around the issues that affect them most. Pam is currently working at the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, coordinating the Youth Planning Program, which seeks to empower and provide youth opportunities to make decisions regarding the city's long-range planning efforts.

Kathleen Wilson