TCPA Spring Conference

When: 12 March 2020
Where: London
Does our society have a future? As the impacts of climate change worsen, the TCPA's Spring Conference will explore the wealth of solutions the planning system has to offer in the face of the climate crisis. Practical examples include approaches to radically reduce CO2 emissions and to re-engineer existing places. Andy von Bradsky, Head of Architecture at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will deliver the keynote address. For more details, click here.

Nature-based solutions and community planning

SNH have published ‘People, Place and the Climate Emergency: The contribution of Nature to Community Planning Partnership Priorities’. It provides an overview of how nature can help address a range of socio-economic outcomes, including inclusive economic growth; addressing climate change; reducing health inequalities; building stronger communities; and empowering our young people. For more information, click here.

Financing options for green infrastructure

The European ‘Horizon 20/20’ project has published a document listing the various financing options available for local authorities looking to grow green infrastructure stock. Divided between public and private initiatives, the guide lists the required conditions and limiting factors of each funding method and provides case studies illustrating their successful use. For more details, click here.

9,000 Raingardens for New York

New York Sets a Goal for another 5,000 New Curbside Rain Gardens, in addition to the 4,000 already installed, bringing the total for the City to 9,000.

Seventy percent of the surface of New York City is impervious, this program will put a significant dent in the hard landscape.

“We are deploying all of the resources at our disposal to tackle the challenge of global warming head-on,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We are doubling the size of the largest green infrastructure program in the country, creating green oases in our neighborhoods and protecting our waterways for all New Yorkers to enjoy.”

https://www.waterworld.com/urban-stormwater/stormwater-management/article/14039425/nyc-doubles-size-of-largest-green-infrastructure-program-in-nation

NHS Lothian publishes Green Health Strategy

NHS Lothian, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation and greenspace scotland have published Scotland’s first health board-led Green Health Strategy. Greenspace is often described as ‘our natural health service’, with a growing body of research evidence showing its positive benefits for physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace and Health Strategic Framework was prepared by greenspace scotland, on behalf of NHS Lothian and funded by Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation.

The strategy was launched with the help of mums from Mums Walk Midlothian an independent, peer support walking group for mums (with babies or children of any age) in Midlothian who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as low mood, depression and anxiety.

A Green Health Programme Manager is being recruited to lead the delivery of the Green Health Strategy.