Dr. Kress, a man of many titles, is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet and also a Curator of Botany and a Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The environment is changing, and Dr. Kress addresses how these changes may impact the Washington, D.C. area (including our precious monuments on the banks of the Potomac) and the nation. Together, they discuss the positives and negatives of our changing cities. In particular, can D.C. become healthier, greener, and more livable as the Sustainable DC Plan suggests? Or will the negative environmental changes be too much to overcome? Finally, should cities be concentrations of human impact, or would it be better to spread the impact of human habitation out a bit across a larger space? Learn more from a scientist's perspective:
In the this next episode on Respiratory Care, Dean O'Hara speaks with Dr. Elgloria Harrison, Respiratory Scientist and Special Assistant to the Dean of CAUSES, continuing the discussion on the relation between healthy cities and healthy people. Dr. Harrison explains what effect the changing environment has on city health, and the impact on the quality of life of a city's residents. When people live in healthy environments, have safe and well built homes, have neighborhoods where they can get exercise and spend time outdoors, and meet other people to socialize, they are also healthier and their quality of life is improved.