Green City

  • Green City Committee

    Chairman: Ms. Karen Tambayong (ASBINDO, Indonesia)
    Secretary: Mr. Tim Briercliffe (AIPH)

    We lead global thinking on the successful integration of nature into the built environment. Through our Green City initiative we promote the essential role of plants in creating vibrant urban areas in which people and businesses can thrive. Our environment, human wellbeing, social cohesion and economies are all improved by intelligently designed green space.

    We aim to develop an international standard for green cities as well as being a focal point for green city best practice and a source of expertise.  Through world activities, research and marketing, and shared resources we seek to inspire people, organisations, city councils and government administrations to join this challenging movement and reap the benefits.

    The benefit to ornamental growers is an increase in demand for trees and shrubs and an increased respect for the value of plants to the wellbeing of cities overall.  During meetings members share Green City developments within their own countries thus providing a unique centre for international information sharing on this topic.

    Green City Guidelines

    AIPH was heavily involved in the publication and promotion of the Green City Guidelines.

    AIPH Green City Conference

    The importance of ‘living green’ was brought to the attention of sixteen countries at the AIPH International Green City Conference. Becoming the greenest city in the world, using plants to manage stormwater threats, how to implement greening and change the public mindset, how buildings need to be able to ‘heal people and the benefits of a ‘Green City’, were all on the agenda. Organised by AIPH and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) the event was held in Vancouver, Canada on 14-18 March. Sponsored by TD and Davey Trees, it attracted delegates who are committed to greening city landscapes.

    The AIPH Green City Conference came to London, UK for 2014 to highlight what can be achieved in terms of urban greening and why it matters so much. The conference helped delegates in building a case for change in this important area.

    The AIPH International Green City Conference took place in Turkey in 2016. Access to quality greenspace and horticultural landscapes is vital for the development of our children and the wellbeing of all city dwellers into the future. This was a clear conclusion from the conference, supported by Expo 2016 Antalya. Presentations can be downloaded from below:

    The AIPH International Green City Conference took place in Melbourne in 2018.

    The conference, entitled ‘Towards a Healthy and Sustainable City’ aimed to demonstrate how Green Cities are places where people want to live, how it helps them and how ‘living green’ is used to achieve this.

    Presentations included how to make high density cities healthier through greening and why green space matters in the fight to prevent heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimers.  Also, covered were the role of green roofs and case study examples from Korea and Singapore.

    Presentations can be downloaded from below: