The first Canopy forum for 2019 will be held on the roof terrace at The Loft Cafe, level 7 of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Join City of Melbourne for drinks and nibbles, and hear from several speakers on the subject of urban greening and health outcomes.
Dr Suzanne Mavoa is a health geographer and NHMRC Early Career Fellow researching environments and health at the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne. With a background in GIS and spatial analysis, she has been involved in many outdoor built environment and health research projects, including a particular focus on transport, walking, and physical activity. She is currently researching relationships between urban nature (greenness, blue spaces/water, biodiversity) and a number of health-related outcomes including cardiovascular disease, mental health, and physical activity.
Jack Noonan is the Senior Director, Australia and New Zealand, for the International WELL Building Institute. Based in Melbourne, Jack’s role involves leading the technical support, market development and operations across Australia and New Zealand. His areas of expertise include air and water quality, green buildings, sustainability rating tools, science commercialisation and climate policy. He is a WELL Accredited Professional and a member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and the Green Building Council’s Future Green Leaders program. He is passionate about environmental justice and equity, as well as the health and education of communities. He also serves on the board of a local community organisation focused on adult education and social inclusion.
Michael Wright is a Director at rush wright and associates and worked on the VCCC including the roof terrace on level 7. Michael has a wide-ranging track record in landscape design and construction, having worked on projects at every scale from small private courtyards to entire new city plans. He has also worked as a horticulturist, stonemason, design-construct contractor, and for two years was a lecturer in design at the University of New South Wales. Michael’s 24 years of experience underpins his approach to the resolution of projects from conception to detail. His intuitive responses to each project are site based and result in unique design approaches for every landscape and urban design proposition.
There will also be a short presentation from Dr Peter Fisher and Dr. Alexe Bojovschi on Urbanwildify: building green ecosystems: Vertical Gardens at Victoria’s High Schools