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Green Social Engineering organises sustainable green infrastructure conference

A one-day conference focusing on green infrastructure issues will take place in London on October 23 at the British Library Conference Centre.

Organised by Green Social Engineering and supported by BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries), Green Infrastructure Partnership, the Parks Alliance, the Institute of Horticulture and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Europe), Sustainable Green Infrastructure 2014 is aimed at government and local-authority senior staff, councillors, urban planners, architects, landscape architects, contractors, health directors, ecologists and environmental space managers.

Content, the organisers say, will be of vital interest, ‘to those interested in ensuring the value and benefits of green infrastructure are realised for the long-term benefit of society’. Speakers will include DEFRA advisor Professor Walter Distaso; Matthew Thomas, environment programme officer of Greater London Authority; and Dr Helga Dittmar, a leading expert in social and health psychology.

Dr Ian Mell, of the University of Liverpool School of Environmental Sciences, will give an ‘up-to-the minute appraisal of where Britain stands in the sustainabilty stakes’, while experts in local government cost savings will explain how sustainable green space management can fit in with budget cuts and improve carbon exchange. One of France’s leading exponents of sustainable planting in urban environments, Jacques Soignon, Nantes’ director of parks and gardens, will explain how this city’s long-term vision and a change in horticultural strategy created savings, more attractive surroundings and is significantly boosting tourism.

Conference topics will include: climate change economics; urban sustainability to combat climate change; and green infrastructure’s contribution to economic growth, local society, healthy communities, youth employment and expanding development of the British landscape industry.



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