AIPH, in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, presents the City of London Green City Briefings – a series of 8 webinars that present compelling evidence and examples of the power of ‘living green’ in delivering multiple solutions to city challenges.
This introductory briefing presents the worldwide adoption of living green in cities as a result of compelling evidence of the benefits for city resilience and citizen health and wellbeing. It responds to a global shift in thinking that addresses climate change adaptation alongside climate change mitigation.
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Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell
Alderman William Russell has been serving as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London since 2019.
During the briefing, he will outline the elements of the corporate plan 2018-2023 that deliver the benefits of living green in the city, enabling the City of London to manage its 11,000 acres of green space, and nurture the comfort and safety of the 513,000 workers and 23 million visitors who form its community.
Sir Roger Gifford
Sir Roger Gifford is a Senior Banker at SEB in London. He began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg, joining Enskilda Securities (SEB) in 1982. Roger headed SEB in Japan for six years in the 1990’s and was UK Country Head from 2000 to 2016.
Roger is Vice Chair and past Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks (AFB) in London and Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). He was Chair of the London Green Finance Initiative launched in 2016 and chaired the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce in 2018. Roger is currently Chair of the Green Finance Institute, launched in 2019, and was a member of the 2021 Dasgupta Review on the economics of biodiversity loss. He was Lord Mayor of London in 2013 and knighted in 2014 for services to international business, culture and the City.
13:00 – Welcome
13:05 – Opening address – Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell
13:15 – Hype or Hope: the Promise of Green Finance – Sir Roger Gifford
13:45 – Q&A
14:00 – Session close
Session 2: Nature-based solutions for water management in cities – 11th May
Expansion of city infrastructure places pressure on traditional engineered water systems, particularly during extreme weather events that are increasing in frequency. Nature-based-solutions that address issues of flooding and water pollution in cities work contribute aesthetic, biodiversity, leisure and health benefits alongside their functional capacity. This briefing explores how planning that encourages nature-based-solutions to water management co-delivers on creating spaces that are part of the city’s future as a greener city. Find out more.
Session 3: Green Roofs and Walls – an extra-dimensional approach to city greening – 15th June
Innovative thinking of horizontal and vertical spaces enables retrofitting living green into city infrastructure, delivering solutions to the impacts of climate change, supporting local biodiversity, and improving the visual urban landscape. This briefing reports on implementation and planning of green roof and walls in response to legislation and financial incentives that support greater uptake. Find out more.
Session 4: The intersection between built infrastructure, wellbeing, and nature – 13th July
Quantifiable benefits of incorporating plants in office interior and exterior landscapes are revealed in neurological and physiological studies. Economic studies illustrate significant savings through enhanced productivity and creativity, and reduced absenteeism. In this briefing the opportunities, benefits, and processes of creating an effective, highly desirable built urban environment are discussed in the context of cities as a healthy human environment. Find out more.
Session 5: Urban Heat Island Effect and Urban Forests – 14th September
Planting trees in cities is a high profile activity reported around the globe. Trees certainly have a significant contribution to make in reducing the UHI effect, and reducing the serious health impacts of this phenomenon that has resulted from converging issues of climate change and increased built infrastructure. In this briefing the merits of trees are presented with attention to the importance of design, construction and maintenance in delivering benefits. Find out more.
Session 6: The Critical Dynamics of City Biodiversity and Global Conservation – 20th October
Cities are gaining recognition as identifiable ecosystems, and play an increasingly important role in global conservation. This briefing considers local action to enhance biodiversity, links with city-wide ecological corridors, and interactions with the wider landscape that direct city planning and growth. Find out more.
Session 7: Air Quality in Cities: the realistic and real benefits of plants – 9th November
Local improvements in air quality delivered by urban greening as climate change adaptation measures run alongside climate change mitigation strategies to reduce air pollution from emissions. This briefing focusses on providing clarity on what can be expected from living green within a multi-faceted approach to managing air pollution in cities. Find out more.
Session 8: London Report on Climate Action – 7th December