Built Environments

The built environment has a constant and often unnoticed impact on our daily lives and health. Awareness of these influences can allow us to be more actively involved in shaping the way our built envioronments are created and how they can be better suited to healthy lifestyles.

Many Canadians live in “food deserts”: neighbourhoods where residents have little or no access to stores and restaurants that provide healthy and affordable foods.

Does excessive exposure to artificial light at night have a harmful impact on human health? “Light pollution” from powerful street lamps and business and office buildings that are lit throughout the night reduces much of our natural exposure to darkness.