Ecobuild – March’s trade show for sustainable design, construction and the built environment – has announced an impressive conference programme including insights from the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, as well as a range of other government officials set to share their opinions on the newest green initiatives.
Ken Livingstone, who served two terms as the Mayor of London, will be taking to the stage to participate in ‘The Ecobuild Debate: do we have a blueprint for the resilient city of the future?’
The session takes place on the 6th of March, from 13.30-14.30, and will discuss the responses to The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, for which the shortlisted cities were recently announced. This is in addition to other plans for future resilience, including The Mayoral Vision for London 2020, and PlaNYC 2030.
Alongside Ken Livingstone, the line-up will be:
· Herbert Girardet, Co-Founder, World Future Council
· Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult
· Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies and Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
The Rt. Hon. Lord Deben, John Gummer will partake in another debate, ‘Can democracy deliver sustainability?’. Taking place in the Ecobuild Arena on the 4th March, the session will explore whether or not a democratically-elected UK government will ever introduce tougher measures to ensure the 2050 carbon reduction target is reached.
Other politicians speaking at the event include:
· Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
· Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property
· Ed Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
The event takes places at ExCeL, London, from Tuesday 4th March to Thursday 6th March 2014.