*Recording posted - Invited Virtual Seminar - March 29, 2022, 4-5 pm EDT - Drs. Shoshanna Saxe and Joe F. Bozeman III

Sustainable Urban Systems

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On behalf of the ISIE SUS Board, we are pleased to offer a virtual invited seminar with Drs. Shoshanna Saxe and Joe F. Bozeman III.

March 29, 2022

4-5 pm EDT (New York time zone)


Cities of the future: Building more infrastructure with less

Dr. Shoshanna Saxe

Abstract: Cities are forced to simultaneously meet two of the defining challenges of our time: 1) the demands of a growing population for more housing and infrastructure and 2) the need to shrink urban greenhouse gas (GHG) footprints to meet climate commitments. While neither is optional we are falling short on both. This presentation will discuss ongoing research investigating how to lightweight cities. The presentation will explore work looking to both understand how much construction materials are used to build infrastructure and opportunities to use fewer materials in construction. 

Bio: Shoshanna Saxe is an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Infrastructure. She investigates the relationship between the infrastructure we build and the society we create to identify opportunities – and pathways – to better align infrastructure provision with sustainability. Saxe is a former Action Canada fellow, sits on Waterfront Toronto’s Capital Peer Review Panel. She was awarded the 2019 OPEA Engineering Medal – Young Engineer. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, and Wired, including “What We Really Need Are Good ‘Dumb’ Cities” 

A path towards systemic equity in decision making: Standardizing sociodemographic data practices 

Dr. Joe F. Bozeman III

Abstract: Social equity has been a concept of interest for many years, with implications for cities given increasing urban population demands across demographic subgroups. Yet, there has not been a consolidation of relevant concepts and application framing in energy and environmental decision-making practices. This talk will help fill this gap by presenting a new framework called systemic equity, accompanied by a ten-step process for engaging transdisciplinary partners in standardizing sociodemographic data practices.

Bio: Dr. Bozeman is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a courtesy appointment in the School of Public Policy, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As Director of the Social Equity and Environmental Engineering Lab (SEEEL), his research focuses on developing equitable socioecological, urban carbon management, and food-energy-water solutions.  He has over a decade of private and public sector experience, and his award-winning work has been featured in major media outlets such as Popular Science, the Geographical Magazine, and NPR.



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