Community of Practice: Outdoor Play
London, ON, Canada
Facilitated by: The Strive Outdoor Pedagogy Committee
Over the summer months, we often find ourselves spending more time outdoors, soaking up the sunshine. However, summer outdoor play can also present challenges that can negatively impact children’s health and well-being, such as unsafe temperatures or other weather conditions. This summer is forecast to be hotter than in the past. Southern Ontario needs to be prepared for increased heat and humidity, making planning, designing, and managing thermally comfortable outdoor spaces extremely important.
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Jennifer Vanos, PhD, who will take us on an exploration of thermally comfortable outdoor spaces. Together, we will discuss ways to improve children’s outdoor thermal comfort to ensure our summer outdoor play is as fun and safe as possible!
Dr. Jennifer Vanos holds an interdisciplinary appointment studying climate and human health in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. As a human biometeorologist, she works to strengthen understanding and practice surrounding how we can protect against extreme heat and air pollution in a world impacted by climate change.
Her work on extreme heat addresses risks and challenges within various vulnerable populations, including children, athletes, and outdoor workers. Dr. Vanos has published over 69 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals on topics ranging from human thermal comfort, urban design, children’s health, exertional heat illness and energy balance modeling, the Tokyo Olympics, and air pollution epidemiology. She is a member of ASU’s Urban Climate Research Center and is the Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Environment & Health. She previously worked at UC San Diego, Texas Tech, and Health Canada. She received her Ph.D. and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Guelph in Canada.
The success of a Community of Practice relies on shared reflection and the open exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge between members. Please come prepared to engage in meaningful conversation.
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