Richard Jackson, influential scholar on sustainable communities, to be speaker at annual fall event

Program to be held October 4 

Richard Jackson, one of the country’s most influential scholars on environmental health and its role in the design of sustainable communities, will be the featured speaker at the Ecology Center’s annual fall event October 4.

Richard JacksonJackson, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health, has published numerous articles on environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture.

In addition to his scholarly work, Jackson is more widely known at the host and narrator of Designing Healthy Communities, a four-hour series broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service stations around the country in the last year. In the program, Jackson looks at the impact the built environment has on key public health indices – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. He connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates what citizens are doing by looking upstream for innovative solutions.

“We’re very honored to be able to bring Dick Jackson to our community for what we’re sure will be a very provocative presentation,” according to Michael Garfield, director of the Ecology Center. “His research is very closely related to some of the most important environmental issues facing our region, and he has influenced much of our advocacy and policy work in these areas.”

The Ecology Center’s fall event will include a reception and dinner with presentation to follow at the University of Michigan Union Ballroom.  For more information on becoming a sponsor or host, contact Jenn Ketz at

EcoLink — July 2012
An online publication of the Ecology Center

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