St Pancras, London

British Library Conference Centre

Thurs 23 October 2014

9:30 - 17:00

12 speakers

Leading specialists

Ltd Seats

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  • Kirsten Henson

    2013, Top 20 Women in Sustainable Architecture, Architects Journal
    2012, Sustainability Practitioner of the Year, EDIE Sustainability Leaders Awards
    2012, Top 20 Rising Sustainability Star, Building Magazine
    2012, Young Consultant of the Year Finalist, ACE/ICE
  • MACRO

    Prof. Paul Ekins – "Greening the recovery".
    Prof. Walter Distaso – "Green Infrastructure's contribution to economic growth".
    Prof. Cedo Maksimovic – "Blue Green Dream"
    Dr Ambra Burl – “Healthy Parks – Healthy People”.
    Dr Ian Mell - "Financing Green Infrastructure in the UK in an Era of Competitive Planning & Fiscal Austerity".
    Jacques Soignon - "Nantes – European Green Capital 2013 - the most livable city in Europe"
  • MICRO

    Peter Massini – "London's Green Infrastructure – the Mayor’s Vision."
    Graham Duxbury - "Social & Community benefits of a vibrant Green Infrastructure sector".
    Rob Donald – "Retrofitting UK's Green Infrastructure to deliver significant cost savings & carbon credits".
    Howard Wood - "Sustainability and local government budget cuts in Green Space management - the way forward".
    Janet Pell – "Green Infrastructure – Nature & Public Health".
    Mike Wells - "Green infrastructure good; Biodiverse green infrastructure better".

Conference Themes

  • Climate Change economics
  • Urban Sustainability to combat Climate Change
  • Green Infrastructure's contribution to:
    1. economic growth
    2. local society
    3. healthy communities
    4. youth employment
  • Expanding the British Landscape Industry

Conference Overview Video

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This event is relevant for:


Politicians, Councillors, Local Authorities, Urban Planners, Architects, Landscape Architects & Contractors, Health Directors, Green Space Experts


and anybody with a genuine interest in Green Infrastructure, Climate Change (the Carbon Agenda) and Urban Sustainability.

Benefits & Reasons to attend this event...

Green Sector 'Thought-Leaders' will prove & share the economic value of Green Infrastructure (GI) including:

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Spaces are strictly limited

Reserve yours at the bottom of this page

The Sustainable Green Infrastructure Conference 2014 is being held on 23 October 2014 at the newly refurbished British Library Conference Centre, which combines world-class facilities and a prestigious location.

With St. Pancras International and the transport network of King’s Cross next door this is a very convenient conference location.

CPD
Attending this conference counts for 7 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development. Please confirm if you require a CPD certificate.

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Speakers

Industry leading speakers & thinkers include…
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Professor Cedo Maksimovic
Professor Cedo Maksimovic Professor at Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Belgrade, Department of Water and Environmental Engineering (Applied Fluid Mechanics, Urban Water Systems). Supervision of PhD and MSc students. Currently supervising 8 PhD and 9 MSc students at Imperial College London. The Blue Green Dream project – run by Climate-KIC from Imperial College London – brings together urban planners, landscape architects and water experts from across Europe, to improve urban adaptation to intense rainfall and increased temperatures by better integrating water and vegetated infrastructures. Advanced research in interactions of urban water systems with the environment (from the concept to application). Recent deliverables: advanced urban pluvial flood modelling and management and application of the advanced diagnostic, monitoring (including wireless technology) and management of urban environmental systems. Consultancy (including project management) in complex water and environmental project: Water supply, sanitation, storm drainage, flood management, environmental remediation / mitigation, urban ground water systems. Chief advisor to UNESCO IHP programme on Urban Water Management (www.unecso.org) Editor-in-Chief, Urban Water Journal (www.urbanwaetr.net) & Urban Water Series of Books Capacity building at national, regional, professional and corporate levels.

Professor Cedo Maksimovic

 

Speaker 1
Kirsten Henson holds a masters degree in Civil Engineering and a second masters in Engineering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge University. Kirsten has contributed to a number of master planning projects, providing technical advice on setting sustainability strategy, implementation and delivery. Her most notable contribution to date is on the London 2012 Olympic Park where her technical knowledge and ability to engage and inspire significantly influenced the planning, design and construction of the infrastructure and venues. She is also a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme focussing on sport and sustainability. Kirsten is a member of the Quality Review Panel for the Queen Elizabeth Park and is a familiar face at sustainability and eco-innovation conferences. Kirsten is a guest lecturer at a number of Universities including University of Cambridge and Newcastle University.

Kirsten Henson

– KLH sustainability

 

 

Paul Ekins
Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations, and has been a regular contributor to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales' course for senior executives on business and the environment, now continuing with involvement with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, at the University of Cambridge. Paul Ekins’ academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy; in 2012- 14 he was the Chair of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, which published its report, Greening the Recovery, in February 2014. He is the author of numerous papers, book-chapters and articles in a wide range of journals, and has written or edited twelve books, including Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000); the Transition to a Secure, Low-Carbon Energy System for the UK (Earthscan, London, 2011); Environmental Tax Reform: A Policy for Green Growth (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011); and Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014 forthcoming). In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Professor Paul Ekins

 

 

 

Speaker 6
Dr Ian Mell is a Lecturer in Planning & Civic Design at The University of Liverpool. He teaches and researches a variety of green infrastructure and planning issues evaluating the opportunities and disconnects between planning strategy, policy and practice. His research investigates the nature and ‘value’ of green infrastructure investment in a number of geographical contexts to better understand how innovative and integrated landscape management can address social, economic and ecological issues. This included recent work on the Interreg IVB Valuing Attractive Landscapes in the Urban Economy (VALUE) project. Ian’s current work reflects on how green infrastructure is being positioned as one of the ‘go-to’ approach to planning for sustainable urban planning in the USA, India and China. Outside of academia Ian has experience of green infrastructure practice through working with advocacy organisations (Community Forests in North-East England) and as a local government officer in Cambridgeshire.

Dr. Ian Mell

University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Sciences

Professor Walter Distaso
Walter Distaso is Professor of Financial Econometrics Imperial College Business School, working on preventing economic instability and he is using his research on risk management to make climate change predictions more accurate. Walter joined Imperial College Business School in September 2006. He holds a PhD from the University of York. Previously, he held positions at the University of Exeter and Queen Mary, University of London. He has also been a visiting professor at the IMF. His research interests are in the area of estimation, specification testing and prediction of financial Volatility in continuous time models; analyzing macroeconomic and financial time series using long memory models; identifying the macroeconomic determinants of stock-market volatility; studying the dependence of multivariate financial time series using copulas; evaluating competing trading strategies; analyzing the features and the effects of market microstructure noise.

Professor Walter Distaso

 

Jacques Soignon
Jacques Soignon, Director of the Parks and Gardens Department (SEVE) of Nantes since 2001, is the initiator of an internationally recognised, exemplary Green Infrastructure Strategy, which contributes to the global visibility of Nantes Métropole - ‘The City of 100 Parks’. Jacques home town of Nantes, located at the mouth of the River Loire, is the capital of Brittany, sixth largest city and fifth largest port in France, and was selected as the ‘European Green Capital 2013’ as ambassador for biodiversity with best demonstrated horticultural practice. With 1,030ha of green space and a city population of 300,000 and metropolitan population of 600,000 Nantes is similar in scale to the maritime city of Liverpool. There is a park within 500m walk of each home contributing to Nantes has been named ‘the most livable city in Europe’ by Time magazine and ‘France's Greenest City’ by L' Express magazine. Jacques oversees a staff of about 500 managers, engineers and gardeners dedicated to enhancing the green reputation of Nantes which demonstrates how environmental regeneration can act as a catalyst for creating liveable and attractive cities. Jacques Soignon is a globe-trotter who modestly declares;- “I’m passionately interested in my work, and it follows me wherever I go.”

Jacques Soignon

 

 

Speaker 5
Managing Director, Twyford Twenty Ltd, with 25 years experience in the sports surface and landscape sectors. Whilst MD of White Horse Contractors Ltd Rob was responsible for securing all their major projects including Olympic Park - Landscape and Wetlands package, Ascot Racecourse, National Football Centre, Burton on Trent, Guards Polo Club - Reconstruction of Smiths Lawn (Ground 2), Chelsea FC Training Ground, Welsh Rugby Union Centre of Excellence. Foreign projects include;- Royal Brunei Polo Club (Jerudong Park, Brunei), FIFA Club World Cup (Abu Dhabi) - Construction of stadia pitches for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, Royal Waterloo Golf Club (Belgium), Vila Nova Golf Course (Portugal). Rob is pioneering the innovative ‘Sward Swap’ process targeting the 300,000ha of grass being managed by Local Authorities in the UK at a cost of c. £500m pa. Green Infrastructure retro-fitting by changing the grass regimes to the ‘new generation’ slow growing ‘Carbon Grass’ cultivars would reduce this cost by 40% which would be compounded year on year for decades. The deeper rooting characteristics of the ‘Carbon Grass’ slow growing cultivars sequester 300% more atmospheric carbon into the soil sink significantly contributing to the Climate Change adaption agenda.

Robert G Donald

BEng (Hons) CEnv MI AgrE

Speaker 5
Vice Chair UK UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Urban Forum Member of The International Union for Conservation of Nature Ecohealth/Green Health and Eco-coaching practitioner; Ecotherapist Chair of the National Parks and Wellbeing Forum Member of IUCN Healthy Parks Healthy People Taskforce Chair of the Human Health Group for the UK Wildlife Gardening Forum Supporting the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare/Outer Space/NHS Forest “Ambra is a genuine pioneer whose work to promote the therapeutic use of green space could change all our lives. She is tenacious, determined and a real fount of knowledge. With over 30 years of hard, practical experience in the NHS, Ambra is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between cutting-edge research and delivery in the real world”. Pete Frost – Senior Urban Advisor at Natural Resources Wales
Dr Burls is a researcher and champion of sustainable well-being and positive behaviour change. A strong advocate for raising the profile of green spaces within the remit of public health; Ambra has developed pioneering training for practitioners in ecohealth &ecotherapy and is keen to lead the development of 'green health literacy' in the public - to help people to understand how their health is interdependent with that of their natural environment. As a member of The International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, Ambra believes that park agencies can reposition themselves as providers of 'natural health services' and be active in responding to 'green prescriptions' (rather than more expensive traditional/medicalised interventions), with deep societal benefits. Rather than just as custodians of natural values, national parks would be advantaged by reshaping their role in the community and enhance their value to health and society.

Dr. Ambra Pedretti Burls FRSA

Speaker 6
Groundwork UK, a federation of independent charities, is the national body of Groundwork and works to support its local delivery through national relationships, resources and representation. Big global issues – the economy, the environment – have a big local impact. Groundwork work across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face. Groundwork provide training and create jobs, reduce energy and waste, re-connect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods. Step-by-step Groundwork plan to go on changing places and changing lives until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong enough to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential. Graham has more than 15 years of helping public and voluntary sector organisations reach new audiences and deliver strategic communications and development campaigns. He was previously Groundwork’s Director of Development – responsible for building national relationships and partnerships, generating income, developing national programmes and leading on policy and strategic communications. Graham joined Groundwork UK in 1998, prior to which he undertook a number of communications roles in a national visual impairment charity and for local authorities in East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

Graham Duxbury

was appointed Groundwork's Chief Executive in March 2014

Speaker 13
Director - Biodiversity by Design, UK Research Fellow – Bath School of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Mike Wells is an ecologist with over 25 years experience of ecological science and over 20 years in professional ecological consultancy. Mike's key interests now lie in finding new opportunities for biodiversity enhancement, sustainable ecosystem goods and services and ecological education by exploring in the 'creative gaps' between disciplines including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Ecology, Engineering and Art. Mike has worked on a many large-scale ecological assessment and design projects around the world and specialises in the Green Infrastructure aspects of eco-masterplanning and delivery and assessment of the ecosystem services gained. Mike co-founded Biodiversity by Design in 2006 expressly to engage in promoting truly sustainable exemplar development projects, multifunctional landscapes and global biodiversity conservation. In 2007 Mike was part of the UK National Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships) national training panel on 'designing for biodiversity'. Mike is currently a member of the European Federation of Environmental Professionals and also a member of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Biodiversity.

Dr. Mike Wells

CEnv CSci CBiol FCIEEM MCIWEM MIBiol

 

 

Speaker 5
Janet has worked for Landlife since 1994, and is a member of the senior team at the heart of the National Wildflower Centre project. She has an MA in Landscape Management (2005) from the University of Sheffield and is a fluent French speaker. Janet has pioneered Landlife’s Nature and Health programme with the Great Outdoors and Get Growing projects, started in 2008 with Lottery and public health funding. In 2010 she received the Michael Varnam award from the UK Public Health Association (UKPHA) in recognition of Great Outdoors outstanding contribution to Health, Humanity and Environment. The National Wildflower Centre is recognised as a ‘ creative hub‘ facilitating a wide range of local and UK partnerships. These are extending to include national and international projects with Nantes in Brittany and Kunming, China.
jpell@landlife.org.uk
Landlife National Wildflower Centre
Founded in 1975 in Liverpool Landlife is a charity taking action to create new opportunities for wildlife, inspiring and encouraging people to get closer to nature. Our major achievement was to found the UK's National Wildflower Centre as an eco attraction which opened in 2000 to mark the Millennium. Landlife also runs a successful trading company Landlife Wildflowers, growing and selling native wildflower seed, and providing consultancy.
www.nwc.org.uk

Janet Pell

Landlife Marketing & Development Manager

Speaker 5
Development, Enterprise & Environment Greater London Authority. Peter has spent the majority of his 20 year professional career as an ecologist and natural environment policy maker in the urban environment of London. He started his career with the London Wildlife Trust as the organisation’s East London Conservation Manager during the late 1980’s, and from the mid-1990’s he worked for the London Ecology Unit, providing advice to London Boroughs on spatial planning issues, development control and site management. He subsequently worked for Natural England where he had responsibility for the agency’s strategic planning and policy work for the London region. He helped formulate London’s first green infrastructure framework - the East London Green Grid - and the policies that helped foster the interest in green roofs and other forms of urban greening. Peter currently works for the Greater London Authority on green infrastructure and urban greening, managing policy and programmes aimed at improving London’s green spaces and greening London’s built environment. He has a particular interest in understanding how to make the natural environment more relevant in London, by ensuring its many benefits are recognised as being an essential part of a liveable, resilient city.

Peter Massini

MCIEEM

Principal Policy & Programme Officer - Urban Greening

Speaker 14
Howard Wood, Director of Landscape & Sustainable Services Ltd, after graduating in Environmental Sciences in 1979, has been leading initiatives in Sustainable Landscape Management in Europe and the UK for over 35 years. In 2002 the Lyon City Parks Department commissioned Howard to deliver a sustainable practice training programme for their 300 gardeners and technicians. This resulted in environmentally friendly solutions being applied to existing maintenance operations and a significant reduction on the park’s operational budget. Howard has featured in television documentaries in France speaking about ecological dynamics and Green Infrastructure and speaks at conferences throughout Europe. Howard has been working on projects in Tunisia, Morocco and the Ivory Coast and presented a Sustainable Landscape Management Strategy to the City of Lisbon. In 2010 Howard carried out a first ever carbon audit for a City Park in the UK which not only looked at its carbon footprint but compared it with carbon sequestration in trees, shrubs, grasses and topsoil. BAM Nuttall requested Howard to carry out field experiments on urban flower mixes for the London 2012 Olympic Park. Current themes of work include Urban Meadow flower displays in the UK and research on Carbon Sequestration in grass varieties with DLF France.

Howard Wood

 

F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What time does the conference run?

    9:30 -17:00
  • Where is it being held?

    British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, London
  • What is the purpose of the conference?

    The Sustainable Green Infrastructure Conference 2014 follows on from the successful International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) 'Growing Green & Healthy Places' International Green City Conference 2014 - which promoted green planting in urban areas for public health, the environment, society and the economy - and the 2013 'Sustainable Landscapes for the Future' held at Bristol University. The intention of this one day conference is to;-
    - high-light the Climate Change agenda as it affects the Green Sector.
    - to promote the economic case and 'holistic' well-being arguments for investing in Green Infrastructure to stimulate sustainable growth and employment in the Green Sector and enable healthier Communities.
    - To realise the state of UK Public Parks compared to European best practice.
  • What is the conference schedule?

    Opening Address
    Kirsten Henson - 2012, Sustainability Practitioner of the Year, EDIE Sustainability Leaders Awards

    Morning Session - MACRO
    Prof. Paul Ekins – "Greening the recovery".
    Prof. Walter Distaso – "Green Infrastructure's contribution to economic growth".
    Prof. Cedo Maksimovic – "Blue Green Dream" http://www.climate-kic.org/projects/blue-green-dream/
    Dr Ambra Burl – “Healthy Parks – Healthy People”.
    Dr Ian Mell - "Financing Green Infrastructure in the UK in an Era of Competitive Planning & Fiscal Austerity".
    Jacques Soignon – "Nantes – European Green Capital 2013 - the most livable city in Europe."

    Afternoon Session - MICRO
    Peter Massini – “London’s Green Infrastructure – the Mayor’s Vision.”
    Graham Duxbury -"Social & Community benefits of a vibrant Green Infrastructure sector".
    Rob Donald –"Retrofitting UK's Green Infrastructure to deliver significant cost savings & carbon credits".
    Howard Wood – "Sustainability and local government budget cuts in Green Space management - the way forward".
    Janet Pell – "Green Infrastructure – Nature & Public Health".
    Mike Wells - "Green infrastructure good; Biodiverse green infrastructure better".
  • Why should I attend & what are the benefits to me?

    • Financing Green Infrastructure in the UK in an era of competitive planning & fiscal austerity

    • Local Government budget cuts in Green Space management - 'the way forward'

    • Business opportunities through ‘Greening the Economy’

    • Social & community benefits in sustainable communities – ‘Sustainable pving’ agenda

    • Innovations that can assist with tender submissions

    • London's Green Infrastructure – the Mayor’s Vision

    • 'Greening of the Manifestos’ before the next General Election

    • Influencing key decision makers in Local Government

    • Innovative ‘carbon’ ideas for retrofitting the UK’s Green Spaces

    • Nature, Health & Wellbeing

    • Industry Best Practice

    • Defra’s & Natural England’s advice to Government on GI

    • Innovations in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)

    • Making our cities more pveable using water and vegetation -‘Blue Green Dream’

    • Green Infrastructure & Biodiversity

    • European exemplar - Case Study: success in the City of Nantes – 2013 European Green City

  • Who is this conference relevant for?

    Politicians, Councillors, Local Authorities, Urban Planners, Architects, Landscape Architects & Contractors, Health Directors, Green Space Experts and anybody with a genuine interest in Green Infrastructure, Climate Change (the Carbon Agenda) and Urban Sustainability.
  • Who are Green Social Engineering?

    Green Social Engineering is a ‘Not-for-Profit’ organisation currently seeking Charitable Incorporation Organisation (CIO) status under the Charities Act 2012.
    The declared Objects of Green Social Engineering are:
    1. To promote the improvement of the physical and natural environment, for the benefit and well-being of the public, by promoting biological diversity, technical 'climate change' led innovations and 'best practice'.
    2. To innovate in the development and adoption of new products and services, helping whole neighbourhoods meet their aspirations and respond to the Government's 'Big Society' and low carbon agendas.
    3. To create jobs and provide training, and re-connect people with nature, by transforming whole neighbourhoods.
  • How do I reserve my space?

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  • I don't have a PayPal account. How do I Pay?

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Partners

with support & in association with

  • IFLA
  • British Association of Landscape Industries
  • The Association of Professional Landscapers
  • London Parks & Green Spaces Forum
  • Institute of Horticulture
  • Grow
  • HTA
  • Hillier
  • The Parks Alliance
  • Q Lawns
  • My Green Directory
  • iaeIUK
  • Green Infrastructure Partnership
  • European Landscape Contractors Association
  • Top Green
  • Rigby Taylor
  • Planteria.eu
  • SLRG
  • Greenspace Scotland
  • Top sport
  • Love Parks
  • BOSF
  • National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces

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