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Green infrastructure explored

Engineers are pretty clued up on green buildings now. We understand the concept of green energy. But are we up to speed on the subject of green infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is the next big thing in the green world. It turns the focus of attention to improving the management of the "bits between the buildings" as modern economies struggle to upgrade their performance on all things environmental.

For anyone wanting to find out more, NCE is supporting the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Natural England’s ParkCity conference that will help drive the green infrastructure agenda in the UK. Speakers lined up include London mayor Boris Johnson, foremost green infrastructure expert Edward Mahon, Sustainable South Bronx activist and founder Majora Carter, and 2012 Olympic Park designer George Hargreaves. The event takes place in London on 24 and 25 March.

CABE and Natural England are the government’s advisers on urban design and the natural environment. At ParkCity they will make the case for an urgent increase in investment in green infrastructure.

The aim is to speed the pace of economic regeneration, deliver genuine sustainable development, create healthier, friendlier communities and reduce infrastructure costs. "We believe proper investment in green infrastructure is now critical to every development, every neighbourhood and every service," say the two organisations. "This idea is moving to the forefront of strategies and planning across regional and local government."

The event is aimed at anyone working in or with local and regional government on planning, highways, housing, economic regeneration and development, health or community development.

  • To find out more go to www.parkcity.org.uk. Cost is £390 but there are early bird and charity discounts.

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