Professor Marianne Hatzopoulou presented “The Paradox of Net-Zero: Cities, Transportation & Health” on December 2, 2020 for the U of T Engineering Skule Lunch & Learn Seminar Series.
In this webinar, Hatzopoulou confronts the challenges of climate change on transportation. Climate-change mitigation in the transportation sector is a wicked-hard problem.
Low emission technologies have begun to demonstrate some promise for air quality improvements. However, higher demand for these same technologies can therefore enable uncontrolled consumption.
Almost every technology that has achieved increased efficiency in some aspect of the transportation system has had unintended consequences.
Using the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area as a testbed, Hatzopoulou explores transportation implications for climate and health.
Marianne Hatzopoulou is Professor in Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Air Quality. She leads an active research group studying the interactions between transportation, built environments, air quality, climate, and public health. She works closely with epidemiologists in the development of improved measures for air pollution exposure and has received funding from federal and provincial health agencies to conduct integrative research in transportation engineering, air pollution, and public health. She serves on the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and is associate editor of the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.