St Pancras, London

British Library Conference Centre

Thurs 23 October 2014

9:30 - 17:00

12 speakers

Leading specialists

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  • Professor Lord Stern of Brentford
    (To be confirmed)

  • MACRO

    Kirsten Henson
    Prof. Paul Ekins – "Greening the recovery".
    Prof. Tim Jackson - "The Economics of Climate Change". (To be confirmed)
    Prof. Walter Distaso – "Green Infrastructure's contribution to economic growth".
    Prof. Cedo Maksimovic – "Blue Green Dream"
    Dr Helga Dittmar – "The effect of good green infrastructure on well-being".
    Dr Ian Mell - "Financing Green Infrastructure in the UK in an Era of Competitive Planning & Fiscal Austerity".
  • MICRO

    Matthew Thomas, Mayor of London's Office – "London's Green Infrastructure - Climate Change adaption options."
    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".
    Tim O Hare - "Green Infrastructure - the Hidden Asset - Carbon Auditing".
    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.

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.

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Speakers

Industry leading speakers & thinkers include…
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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

Speaker 2
Invitation extended to Lord Stern – to be confirmed.

Professor Lord Stern

of Brentford

Speaker 3
Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG). He currently holds an ESRC Professorial Fellowship on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy (PASSAGE). During his time at the Stockholm Environment Institute, he pioneered the concept of preventative environmental management outlined in his 1996 book ‘Material Concerns – Pollution, Profit and Quality of Life’. In 1996 he co-authored (with Nic Marks) the first Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare for the UK and has continued to work closely with the New Economics Foundation and others on measures of sustainable wellbeing at national and regional level. He led the team which developed the Surrey Environmental Lifestyle Mapping (SELMA) model used to estimate the UK's 'carbon footprint' for the Carbon Trust. He is a co-author of the World Watch Institute's influential ‘State of the World 2008 on sustainable economies’. Tim's current projects include – in collaboration with Professor Peter Victor (York University, Toronto) – the development of the Green Economy Macro-Model and Accounts (GEMMA). Tim Jackson has served in an advisory capacity for numerous Government departments and delivery agencies.

Professor Tim Jackson

 

Speaker 14
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 4
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

 

Speaker 6
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 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

Speaker 5
Reader in Psychology / Programme Director MSc Applied Social Psychology / Social and Health Psychology Research Group / Department of Psychology, University of Sussex, England. Dr. Helga Dittmar is a social psychologist who obtained her DPhil from the University of Sussex in England in 1990. Her research on socio-cultural influences on body image, including the impact of media images, forms part of her wider work on the impact of our consumer society on individuals' sense of identity and well-being. The research also encompasses studies on materialism and compulsive buying. Dittmar’s research has attained international recognition, as evidenced by numerous TV and radio appearances, as well as interest from policy makers. She is associate editor for the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology with special responsibility for body image and eating. Her most recent book Consumer Culture, Identity and Well-Being documents the negative psychological impact consumer culture can have on how individuals view themselves and on their emotional welfare. It looks at the social psychological dimensions of having, buying and wanting material goods, as well as the pursuit of media-hyped appearance ideals.
In the Programme Dr Helga Dittmar will give the 1st address after The Mayor’s Opening Address followed by Professor Tim Jackson. Dr Helga Dittmar – 'The effect of good green infrastructure on well-being.'

Dr. Helga Dittmar

Programme Director Uni of Sussex MSc Applied Social Psychology

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 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
Matt Thomas has ten years of experience in the environment sector, having worked for both the public and private sector with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Matt is currently employed in the Environment Team at the Greater London Authority (GLA), responsible for project management and delivery as well as strategy and policy formation. Working for a number of expert organisations including the GLA, Environment Agency, UK Met Office and Environ Ltd has provided him with a detailed knowledge of a broad range of contemporary environmental issues. Skills and expertise listed below. Specialties: project management, energy policy, green infrastructure policy, hydrology, sustainable urban drainage systems, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, strategic planning, EIA, meteorology, data analysis, modelling, GIS.

Matthew Thomas

Environment Programme Officer at Greater London Authority

Speaker 5
Tim O’Hare has been a professional soil scientist for twenty years, working predominantly in the commercial landscape, construction and regeneration sectors. Tim’s qualifications include:
• BSc (Hons) Geography - London Metropolitan University
• MSc Pedology, Soil Survey and Land Evaluation - Reading University
• Member, Institute of Professional Soil Scientists (IPSS)
• Member, British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC)
• Chartered Scientist, the Science Council (CSCi)
Tim is a council member of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists. He sits on the British Standards Institute working group Topsoil and other Growing Media (AW20), and was involved with re-writing the British Standard for Topsoil (BS3882:2007). He has recently completed a DEFRA project to produce the ‘Code of Practice for the Sustainable Use and Management of Soils on Construction Sites’. Tim has written numerous papers and articles for journals and trade publications on topsoil quality, soil specification, soil analysis methodology, contaminated land remediation and compost science. Tim has undertaken a wide variety of consulting and project management assignments throughout the UK and abroad. Tim has created a ‘soil carbon auditing process’ to assist in the Climate Change adaption agenda.

Tim O'Hare

 

 

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 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 and 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, enable healthier Communities and ordinary people to flourish.
  • What is the conference schedule?

    Opening Address
    Professor Lord Stern of Brentford (To be confirmed)

    Morning Session - MACRO
    Kirsten Henson
    Prof. Paul Ekins – "Greening the recovery".
    Prof. Tim Jackson - "The Economics of Climate Change". (To be confirmed)
    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 Helga Dittmar – "The effect of good green infrastructure on well-being"
    Dr Ian Mell - "Financing Green Infrastructure in the UK in an Era of Competitive Planning & Fiscal Austerity".

    Afternoon Session - MICRO
    Matthew Thomas, Mayor of London's Office – "London's Green Infrastructure - Climate Change adaption options."
    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".
    Tim O Hare - "Green Infrastructure - the Hidden Asset - Carbon Auditing".
    Mike Wells - "Green infrastructure good; Biodiverse green infrastructure better".
  • 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.
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  • IFLA
  • British Association of Landscape Industries
  • The Association of Professional Landscapers
  • London Parks & Green Spaces Forum
  • Institute of Horticulture
  • Grow

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