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Presenting a keynote to several hundred colleagues, O'Donnell discussed the case for applying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 Agenda to our daily work as Landscape Architects. She presented a diagram showing the overlaps and intersections of biodiversity and cultural diversity to stress the need for conceptual and physical integration. Using examples from several projects, she noted that many of our works address all three pillars of sustainability: economy, society, environment, within a cultural context.

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Patricia O'Donnell also co-organzied served as moderator for a Culture/Nature Knowledge Cafes four sessions at the International Federation of Landscape Architects' annual World Congress meeting held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore in July, 2018. One of her presentations was:

Intersection of BioDiversity and Cultural Diversity in Cities: the Case for Public Spaces

Held in a new format designed to encourage discussion, the session began with a highlighted presentation of the current urban issues and hopeful directions for people, nature and our shared public space heritage, O'Donnell facilitated a discussion across the audience centered around the “Commons” of urban public spaces and issues surrounding social and ecological inclusivity. 

Issues and directions of discussion included: quality public space inclusivity, better health for all species, climate change adaptation and increased resilience to disasters, urban habitat enrichment and provision of ecological services, and the economic aspects of positive employment.