Urban Forestry Program Launch
SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 // 6:30PM-8PM
Why should students consider joining UBC’s Urban Forestry program? With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, increasing urbanization, and rising public expectations for livable, sustainable and greener communities, cities all over the world will need urban forestry professionals who can deal with these complex, multi-disciplinary challenges.
1. Helping people
Improving people’s quality of life through greening the concrete jungle. Urban foresters deliver happiness to city dwellers. Many research studies have shown that green environments improve physical and psychological health, encourage active recreation, reduce crime, and raise property values.
2. Saving our communities by climate proofing cities
Urban forests and ecosystems play an important role in moderating the extremes of climate change. There is an urgent need to conserve, manage and expand our green infrastructure, the parts of urban nature that quietly and effectively shelter and moderate our environment against increasing heat waves, flash floods, forest fires, and air pollution, all at very little cost.
3. Expanding job prospects
Most cities are gearing up to confront the challenges facing their urban forests and communities. This means growing job opportunities in local government (such as parks, planning, and environmental departments), consulting firms, education, and research.
4. Developing transferable skills
Urban forestry is a truly interdisciplinary field. We encourage our students to incorporate various skillsets, including systems thinking, gamification, people skills (such as community engagement and communications), design and planning of greenspaces, geographic information systems, and governance.
5. Doing cool stuff
Where else can you learn from leading researchers in fields as diverse as geomatics and remote sensing, urban ecology, landscape architecture, urban planning, and visual communications? Where better than in Vancouver, British Columbia— the “Greenest City”— to learn and apply innovative and practical skills in urban forestry?