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Amy Lanford, Wanhong Yang
Amy Langford received the SWCS Ontario's 2015 award of merit from Prof. Wanhong Yang 19 November 2015 in Alliston.

Congratulations to Amy Langford, a 4th year University of Guelph Environmental Engineering student, for being the recipient of SWCS Ontario's Arthur D. Latornell Award of Merit. We are very pleased to award this important award to such a deserving person. Prof. Wanhong Yang presented the award prize and certificate at the 2015 A. D. Latornell Conference in Alliston on 17 November. Prof. Yang is SWCS Ontario's representative to the conference organizing committee.

Amy is very committed to water management in Ontario. Amy revived the University of Guelph Student Chapters for the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) and the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA).  Amy is currently leading a team of executive student chapter members to grow the membership of the University of Guelph student population. The Guelph Chapters' goal is to facilitate the knowledge transfer from seasoned professionals in the water and wastewater industry to students interested in water conservation. Part of the activities include organizing events, plant tours and inviting industry guest speakers to increase awareness of water/wastewater issues and treatment methods while emphasizing the need to protect Ontario source water.

Amy's most recent co-op position was at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs in the Environmental Management Branch in Guelph. Her work included gathering expert knowledge on Ontario's phosphorus sources inventory and increase awareness of the need to quantify agricultural phosphorus flows. She presented the preliminary results of the project to quantify Ontario's phosphorus inventory at the Grey to Green Conference at Ryerson University (June 2015). Amy also developed a visual representation of energy, water and composting resources of a farm with an interactive Google Earth model.

In addition to describing her professional and volunteer activities for the Award application, Amy also completed two brief, thoughtful essays about her education and her ideas about soil and water conservation.

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Select Latornell Conservation Symposium Sessions Will Be Webcasted

November 17-19, 2015 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Convention Centre, Alliston, ON

Putting ‘EcoHealth’ Into Practice – Improving ecosystems for human health

On November 17th and 19th, you are Invited to Watch Five Latornell Conservation Symposium Sessions LIVE Online that explore the connections between human and ecological health.

Healthy ecosystems are essential for human health and survival. We all depend on clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, healthy food supplies, green spaces for recreation, and contact with wildlife to enrich our lives.

The 2015 Latornell Conservation Symposium and EcoHealth Ontario are featuring five special sessions exploring human – ecology connections.

Deadline to Register for one or more sessions: Friday, November 13, 2015.

Instructions on How To Watch Online

  • Participants need to register for each session individually. Links are provided below along with descriptions of the sessions.
  • Problems or Questions? Email webcast@latornell.ca

What You Can Watch

November 17, 2015

T1E – Connecting Watershed Ecosystems to Human Health [11:00 AM – 12:30 PM]

This session will look at the connections between watershed ecosystems and human health in order to plan and deliver programs that recognize the connection between both. The session will look at flooding from a public health perspective, as well as explore a new tool to use indicators and GIS in order to develop management and restoration strategies that support human health.

Registration Link: http://www.metrocomav.net/clients/latornell/T1E/Registration/

T2E – Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Human Health [2:00 PM – 3:30 PM]

This session will look at ways to increase our adaptive capacity to address the impacts of climate change on people. It will look specifically at techniques and tools used by public health units as well as specifically address issues around urban heat islands.

Registration Link: http://www.metrocomav.net/clients/latornell/T2E/Registration/

T3E – Building Resiliency with Rural Communities to Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change [4:00 PM – 5:30 PM]

This session will review new research that explores the relationship between climate change and rural populations as well as review practices and tools that can be used to build greater resiliency in rural communities for the benefit of residents.

Registration Link: http://www.metrocomav.net/clients/latornell/T3E/Registration/

November 18, 2015

W1E – EcoHealth: Understanding ‘Human Ecology’ (Part 1) [8:30 AM – 10:00 AM]

Humans are fundamentally dependant on ecosystems for survival, yet our awareness and understanding of this crucial connection is fragmented. Current and future challenges due to the decline of rural and urban ecosystems require proactive leadership and engagement from across the spectrum including public health, planning, environmental and urban design professionals. This first session looks at new research that clearly demonstrates the connections between green space and human health and the basis for positive change.

Registration Link: http://www.metrocomav.net/clients/latornell/W1E/Registration/

W2E – EcoHealth: Understanding ‘Human Ecology’ Panel Discussion (Part 2) [10:30 AM - 12:00 PM]

Building on the growing research linking our health and wellbeing to the natural environment (as demonstrated in Part 1), this session explores the practice of ecohealth. The panel will provide a wide range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that agencies face in putting the science into practice and what new initiatives are being developed.

Registration Link: http://www.metrocomav.net/clients/latornell/W2E/Registration/

Please download the 2015 Latornell Conservation Symposium Program for speaker information.

Online streaming of these sessions is provided for by EcoHealth Ontario