BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities/UCL Grand Challenge Symposium Series
Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities
On November 5 and 6, 2013, the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities/UCL Grand Challenge Symposium Series will focus on the Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities, with a particular interest in the more sustainable use of natural resources.
The symposium will specifically look to address the challenges around provision of resources for growing urban populations, with regard to the physical built environment, infrastructure, transport and water. It would aim to address the question of how cities can continue to meet their present needs without compromising the future of the city, the region or the planet.
Tuesday 5 November 2013 - URBAN METABOLISM, FEEDING THE CITY
9.30 Registration & coffee
10.00 Introductory remarks - Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, BHP Billiton Chair of Sustainable Global Resources, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources & Dr Ian Scott, Principal Facilitator, UCL Grand Challenges programme
10.30-12.10 Session 1 – Urban Challenges chaired by Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design
- Is sustainable consumption challenged in the global urban transition?
- Common Road to 2050 - Energy Scenarios
- Urban mobility: Havana’s urgent challenge
- Developing accessible methods for urban biodiversity monitoring
- Can urban greenspace and biodiversity reverse the worrying increases in chronic inflammatory disorders?
12.10-13.15 Lunch break
13.15-14.45 Session 2 – Resource supply chaired by Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, UCL ISR
- Bio Urban Design Lab - Cities as productive landscapes
- Sustainability Profiling
- Integrative Sludge Management: A focus on waste production and resource recovery
- Should we update England’s water supply planning process?
- Algal Bio-fuels for Sustainable Transport
14.45-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-16.15 Session 3 – Resources consumption chaired by Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the UCL Energy Institute, Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) & Professor of Energy and Environment
- Fuel poverty and financing methods for energy efficiency measures
- Developing an interactive tool to explore household resource use and how this might be reduced.
- Phase Change Material Thermal Stores
- A methodology for accessing the net GHG impact of new metro rail
- A City Design Framework to Elucidate Urban Challenges: Energy Flows of Birmingham
16.15-16.45 Charlotte Johnson, Research Associate, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources “UCL ISR funded project to map UCL’s research expertise in urban sustainability” in collaboration with Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), UCL & Short Film viewing
17.00-18.30 Keynote address - Urban Metabolism, Herbert Giradet, Co-founder, World Future Council chaired by Dr Robert Biel, Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit, UCL
About our keynote speaker
Prof. Herbert Girardet is co-founder and former director of programmes of the World Future Council. He is a member of the Club of Rome and the World Academy of Art and Science. He is a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental services. He has been consultant to several UN organisations and to major cities such as London, Vienna, Adelaide, Riyadh and Bristol. He is visiting professor of the University of the West of England. He has authored many documentaries, books and reports on sustainable and regenerative development. His new book, Creating Regenerative Cities, will be published in May 2014.
Wednesday 6 November 2013 – RESEARCH INTO ACTION
10.00 Registration & coffee
10.20 Introductory Remarks Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, BHP Billiton Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, UCL ISR
10.30 Panel discussion: Cities in Transition chaired by Dr Michele Acuto, Senior Lecturer in Global Networks & Diplomacy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP);UCL
- Dr Inge Paulini, Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change
- Herbert Giradet, Co-founder, World Future Council & Visiting Professor, University of the West of England
- Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Honorary Professor of Economic Policy and Migration, University College London
- Dr Lily Song, Provost (Postdoctoral) Fellow, University College London
- Prof Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the UCL Energy Institute, Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) & Professor of Energy and Environment
- Dr Yacob Mulugetta, Reader in the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey
This event is being hosted by the UCL Grand Challenge for Sustianable Cities and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
When & Where
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources was established as an academic department in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL. In 2012 we were re-located within the Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and have developed a close relationship with UCL-Energy, with which we undertake joint projects, and share research tools and approaches.