Turning the Urban Grey Green

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A practical guide to 'greening up' our inner cities, improving air quality and well-being

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In 2018 over 80% of the UK's population lived in urban areas, which is continually rising. Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, with between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year attributed to long-term exposure.

With more people moving to the cities, there is an increased exposure to air pollution and a decreased exposure to 'greenery'.

There will be a range of speakers from diverse backgrounds, talking about the benefits of greening spaces and what can be done to improve air quality in cities.

Agenda:

1:00pm - Arrival, Registration & Coffee

1:25pm Chair: Daniel Hartz, Sustainability Matters Today - Welcome

1:30pm - 2:50pm - Session 1

Speakers:

1:30 - 1:50 Habib Khan, Director, Meristem Design

Launching the UK's first on-street Parklet toolkit, for TfL's new livable neighbourhoods guide

1:50 - 2:10 Gary Grant, Director, Green Infrastructure Consultancy

The importance of having living walls and green roofs in urban areas

2:10 - 2:30 Sue Riddlestone, CEO & Co-Founder, Bioregional

How to build a zero carbon eco-village based on the award winning BedZED Development in Sutton

2:30-2:50 Kathy Marsden, Development Manager (Public Spaces), Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Lifting the lid on whether London is delivering a truly sustainable public realm. The need for green partnership, collaboration and innovation to make our streets greener and healthier for people and planet.

2:50pm - 3:00pm - Questions and Answers

3:00pm - 3:25pm - Coffee Break

3:25pm Chair: Hamish Stewart, Car Free Day London

3:30pm - 4:50pm - Session 2

Speakers:

3:30 - 3:50 Matt Croucher, Associate Director, WSP

WSP delivered and developed the Mayor of London’s School Air Quality Audits on behalf of the Greater London Authority, including a toolkit on how to significantly reduce air pollution across London's most polluted schools

3:50 - 4:10 Andy Martin, Transport Planner, Transport for London

TfL's Healthy Streets approach puts people and their health at the centre of how to design and manage public spaces, with a focus on clean air

4:10 - 4:30 Valerie Beirne, Bankside Urban Forest Manager, Better Bankside

Bankside Urban Forest imagines Bankside’s streets and public spaces as an urban forest rather than an urban park, by adopting an ecological approach

4:30 - 4:50 Emily Woodason, Landscape Architect, Arup

Methodology for measuring the value and impact of temporary streetscape interventions on people's well-being and the environment. Includes the award winning Parklet, FitzPark

4:50 - 5:00pm - Questions and Answers

5:00 pm - Networking Drinks

This half day seminar is aimed at Local Authorities, Business Improvement Districts, Architects, Town Centre Managers and Developers.

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