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Health Benefits of Nearby Nature

Thu, September 12, 2013 6:00 PMThu, September 12, 2013 9:00 PM
7:00p to 9:00p

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Map of <span>Portland State University - Hoffmann Hall </span>

Portland State University - Hoffmann Hall
1833 SW Eleventh Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

Located on the Portland State University Campus ajacent to the Peter W. Stott Community Field.


Health Benefits of Nearby Nature

Doors open at 6:00 pm for registration,networking, educational displays and refreshments.  Presentation: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Event Details


Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D. - Nature heals the human body.

Geoffrey Donovan, Ph.D. - Trees don’t make our cities livable, they make them survivable.

Presenting the evidence base for health benefits of nature in our neighborhoods.

Dr. Ulrich is Professor of Architecture at the Center for Healthcare Building Research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and is adjunct professor of architecture at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is the most frequently cited researcher internationally in evidence-based healthcare design.  Among other achievements, his research was the first to document scientifically the stress-reducing and health-related benefits for hospital patients of viewing nature.

Geoffrey Donovan, Ph.D. will present results from two recent studies examining the relationship between trees and public health. Humans need green space and trees to survive.

Dr. Donovan is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service and has quantified a wide range of urban-tree benefits. These have ranged from intuitive benefits— for example, reduced summertime cooling costs—to less intuitive benefits such as crime reduction. More recently, he has focused on the relationship between trees and public health. He found that mothers with trees around their homes are less likely to have underweight babies, and when trees are killed by an invasive pest, more people die from cardiovascular and lower-respiratory disease. He has a number of ongoing projects including a collaboration with the women’s health initiative.

On-Line Registration: $10.00 - NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS

Pay at the door: $15.00 - Cash or Check ONLY


Friends of Trees: Scott Fogarty

Legacy Health Therapeutic Gardens: Teresia Hazen

Lewis & Clark Graduate School Ecopsychology in Counseling Program: Thomas Doherty  www.Lewis and Clark Ecopsychology

Institute for Sustainable Solutions: Christina Williams  www.Portland State Institute of Sustainability

TKF Foundation: Mary Wyatt

ZGF Architects LLP - Karl Sonnenberg

J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation / Nancy Buley


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