According to organisers UBM, addressing the environmental impact of the world’s cities is top of the agenda at Ecobuild 2013.
Taking place from 5th to 7th March 2013 at London’s ExCeL, Ecobuild is due to launch several new features in support of this international agenda, including its ‘Working with Nature’ zone and the Ecobuild Arena.
“Fundamental changes in the way we live, work and interact with the environment are vital if we are to continue driving forward sustainability across the design and construction industry and Ecobuild provides the perfect platform to educate, inspire and ultimately help fuel this important agenda,” said Tom Broughton, brand director for Ecobuild.
In the ‘Working with Nature’ Zone, The Green Infrastructure Pavilion in association with DEFRA will bring together ministers, government officials and leaders from DECC, DEFRA, CIRIA as well as a wealth of industry chiefs to lead big debates, policy announcements and challenge future thinking.
An important focus on planning will see chair Ian Phillips, Independent Chartered Landscape Architects and Town Planner joined by experts from The National Forest Company, Lockhart Garratt and Hertfordshire County Council.
Mike Grace, head of sustainable land use at Natural England will chair a lively session on ‘Why invest in GI?’ alongside experts from South Yorkshire Forest Partnership, The Woodland Trust and The Land Trust.
Back by popular demand, The Ecobuild Arena returns to the show floor. At its heart will be a theatre featuring a cutting-edge programme of high level discussion and debate covering everything from the Green Deal to Climate Change, from Greening our Cities to Reinventing the High Street.
Industry leaders such as CIRIA, RESET Developments, Livingroofs.org, British Beekeeper’s Association, Trees for Cities, Bat Conservation Trust, Wildflower Turf Ltd and Habitat Aid, will cover hot topics such as ‘Biodiverse habitats on and in commercial buildings’, ‘Supporting biodiversity through Green Infrastructure and onsite water management’, ‘Establishing a wildflower meadow – biodiversity wins gold at the Olympics!’ and case studies from the housing sector on ways communities are working with nature to improve local green space.
To register for your FREE ticket to Ecobuild, please visit www.ecobuild.co.uk/register.
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