Africa at Noon on September 28, 2016

“Bike Friendly Bahir Dar”

Jason Vargo, Assistant Scientist
Global Health Institute & Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jonathan Patz
Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Director, Global Health Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Location

12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI


Africa is the most rapidly urbanizing region of the world. As populations flock to new and expanding cities throughout the continent, the need for sufficient and appropriate urban infrastructure, as well as properly trained and equipped planners become ever more important. Through this work – a partnership between UW-Madison and municipal leaders in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia – we intend to help Bahir Dar position itself as a leader for smart, healthy urbanization within the region and throughout the continent.


Jason Vargo is a sustainable cities scholar driven to improve lives and environments around the world by focusing on cities to address hazardous and promote positive upstream factors of health.  His expertise focuses on the connections between the built environmental and health and involves scientific analysis of measured, surveyed and remotely sensed data, creative contributions to project and research design, and leadership through team building and concept development.