Speaking out about sustainability

Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment takes place next month at London’s ExCeL and the event’s conference programme will include insights from 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, 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, as well as other plans for future resilience including The Mayoral Vision for London 2020 and PlaNYC 2030.

Alongside Ken Livingstone 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 take part in another debate ‘Can democracy deliver sustainability?’. Taking place in the Ecobuild Arena on the 4th of March the session will explore whether or not a democratically elected UK government will ever introduce the tougher measures to ensure the 2050 carbon reduction target gets hit.

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 is free to attend and the complete conference schedule is available to view at www.ecobuild.co.uk