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William Humber


William Humber developed and manages a novel approach to green citizenry accessible at: He is one of two principals of the “Regeneration Institute for the Great Lakes” (ReIGL), Seneca’s partnership with McMaster University’s Centre for Engineering and Public Policy.

With his McMaster collaborators, he jointly wrote The Regeneration Imperative: Revitalization of Built and Natural Assets (CRC Press, 2016) for use by postsecondary Institutions, municipalities and private agencies. His bio-capacity enhancement initiatives at Seneca include a community garden (started in 2011) and an apiary (started in 2014). His current research interest is resilience and the manner in which associated green infrastructure initiatives are the sweet spot in sustainability, by not only managing the stresses of hotter, wilder, and windier weather but also mitigating carbon releases.

He has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University (1975) and is author of twelve books. In co-authorship with his son Darryl, he wrote Let It Snow: Keeping Canada’s Winter Sports Alive (2009) covering Canada’s winter sports heritage and how climate change threatens their survival.

In Bowmanville, he is Secretary of Valleys 2000 which constructed a fish passageway on the Bowmanville Creek, and is Secretary for the Jury Lands Foundation seeking to re-purpose lands and buildings, which once housed a famed prisoner-of-war “Camp 30”, a recognized national historic site. In 2012, he received Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s national award for educational leadership in sustainability. He has been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who for over 25 years, and for his historical research was inducted in 2018 into Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame.