Climate change economics and healthy communities on agenda at green infrastructure event

A one-day conference focusing on green infrastructure issues is being held in central London in October.

One of the speakers - government adviser Professor Paul Elkins
One of the speakers - government adviser Professor Paul Elkins

The Sustainable Green Infrastructure Conference is being held on October 23 at the British Library Conference Centre near St. Pancras station.

Topics on the agenda include climate change economics, urban sustainability to combat climate change, green infrastructure's contribution to economic growth, local society, healthy communities, youth employment and expanding development of the British landscape industry.

Experts, including DEFRA advisor and Professor of Financial Econometrics at Imperial College London, Walter Distaso, Matthew Thomas, environment programme officer of Greater London Authority, and Dr Helga Dittmar, a leading expert in social and health psychology, will explain how environmental issues impact on health, employment, climate change, and the economy.

Other speakers include:

  • Professor Paul Ekins – professor of resources and environmental policy and director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London and a government adviser.
  • Dr Ian Mell, of the University of Liverpool School of Environmental Sciences.
  • Jacques Soignon, director of parks and gardens at Nantes, 2013 European Green Capital.
  • Howard Wood, director of Landscape and Environmental Services Ltd and a former sustainability advisor to Lyon in France since 2003 as well as being a consultant for French seed breeders Top Green, Euroflor and UK suppliers Rigby Taylor.
  • Graham Duxbury, chief executive of Groundwork.
  • Rob Donald, managing director of Twyford Twenty.
  • Jan Pell of Landlife.
  • Dr Mike Wells, director of Biodiversity by Design.
  • Professor Cedo Maksimovic of Imperial College London (Civil and Environment Engineering) and Belgrade Faculty of Civil Engineering.

The conference has been organised by Green Social Engineering and supported by the Green Infrastructure Partnership, The Parks Alliance, BALI, the Institute of Horticulture and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Europe).

It is aimed at government and local authority senior staff, councillors, urban planners, architects, landscape architects, contractors, health directors, ecologists and environmental space managers.

Tony Brophy, chair of trustees of Green Social Engineering, said: "We have gathered some of the most influential speakers on environmental issues together to demonstrate, from practical experience, the importance of developing a sustainable green infrastructure."

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