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GROW GREEN: new partnership to demonstrate benefits of nature-based solutions in cities

Innovation will be the focus of GROW GREEN, which stands for "Green Cities for Climate and Water Resilience, Sustainable Economic Growth, Healthy Citizens and Environments." This new five-year demonstration project aims to achieve climate and water resilience in cities. Funded by Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, it is intended to showcase benefits from nature-based solutions in urban landscapes.

 

 

The Sustainability of the Built Environment

UK Green Building Council is undertaking an ambitious project to help track the overall sustainability of the UK built environment. They are wanting to demonstrate the overall sustainability of the UK built environment in line with five priority areas:

  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change
  • Eliminating waste and maximising resource efficiency
  • Embracing and restoring nature and promoting biodiversity
  • Optimising the health and wellbeing of people
  • Creating long-term value for society and improving quality of life

The project will be done by monitoring a range of indicators. If your organisation is collecting data or you’d like to know more about the project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click to visit the projects webpage

Celebrate Street Trees

We take trees for granted in our modern urban societies.

For decades, town and city planners have recognised the importance of nature and green spaces in urban areas. Many have planted trees in city centres, along motorways and residential streets. But in more recent times, local authorities have been forced into taking drastic measures to maintain essential public services and the environment and trees are suffering as a result.

Trees in urban areas are being neglected and removed to save money for other services. But whilst it can take hundreds of years for a tree to grow to maturity, when it does the benefits it provides are staggering and far outweigh maintenance costs.

We need to protect the trees we have and plan for the future

With funding from supporters of the People's Postcode Lottery, we're launching the Street Trees Project and working with communities, partners and local authorities in Leeds, Wrexham and Glasgow to promote good practice, good communication and appreciation for street trees.

There are, of course, some genuine conflicts between people and trees in the urban environment and we must absolutely address these sensibly but as far as our city trees are concerned, once they’re gone, they’re gone - along with all the benefits they provide.

Planting more trees is a big part of improving our urban spaces but it could be hundreds of years before we see the benefits and it doesn't help the street trees that may be threatened now.

The Street Trees Celebration Starter Kit

If you're in one of our pilot areas of Leeds, Wrexham or Glasgow, you can be the first to take part as we've created a Street Trees Celebration Starter Kit to help you build community relations, ensure that your trees are valued by everyone and celebrate these precious members of society.

The kit includes lots of great resources, advice and plenty of creative and impactful ways to get your urban community as well as local authorities thinking differently about street trees.

Find out more and apply for a Street Trees Celebration Starter Kit today

Green infrastructure as a building service design challenge winner announced

The ARCC network and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have once again joined forces to coordinate the 2017 design challenge on the use of green infrastructure as a building service.

The competition asked for designs for office buildings (existing or in planning) that demonstrate how both indoor and outdoor green infrastructure can contribute to the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff, while simultaneously improving the building’s energy efficiency and climatic resilience.

The interaction of indoor plants with heating, cooling, acoustic management, air quality, staff productivity and wellbeing is an exciting and growing area of research: the benefits of green infrastructure don’t need to remain outside the building entrance.

The 2017 winners are Stephen Handley and Louise Handley from Amey with their designs for  the refurbishment of a recycling centre in Slough, incorporating green walls, green roofs, raingardens and indoor vertical farming. See more details here.

Constructed wetlands - natural systems for water management

The Constructed Wetland Association have announced details of their 2017 annual conference, entitled "Constructed wetlands - natural systems for water management".

The conference will be held over 2 days in September (27th and 28th) at Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucester. 

Day one will consist of an ‘Introduction to Constructed Wetlands’ training session, whilst day two will bring you up to date with the latest developments in constructed wetlands through presentations on the key themes of:

  • Natural infrastructure vs hard engineering approaches
  • Multiple benefits of wetland treatment systems
  • Latest technology and developments in natural treatment system

For more information on the conference, sessions, and booking details, see the attached flyer, or follow this link.