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Last week to register for ecoConnect’s Expert Debate: Future Cities & Scotland, 4 February, Edinburgh, 5-8pm

Posted: 28th January 2015

ecoConnectWe would be delighted if you could join us at our next ecoConnect forum on Future Cities & Scotland: Moving Vision to Reality

Key issues will be debated by our Expert Panel:

Richard Bellingham, Director, Institute for Future Cities
John Gilmour, Biffa Waste Services Ltd
George Kirk, Cities Director, Scottish Power
Alastair Brown, Head of Sustainability, Glasgow City Council 

Moderated by: Nathan Goode, Partner, Grant Thornton

Our panellists will lead the discussion followed by audience Q&A. 

Read more about the forum and view the delegate list

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Glasgow is at the forefront of the sustainable cities programme in Scotland – what are the achievements & lessons that can be transferred to other cities?
  • If policy is being devolved, do councils have the infrastructure & resources to implement wide-ranging changes? Are knowledge-sharing networks in place?
  • How can & should waste management – one of the key challenges for future cities & an example of existing infrastructure requiring an innovative approach – fit into the framework?
  • What is the role of & how crucial is integrated energy planning to the development of future cities?
  • What is the impact of hard infrastructure innovations – eg. lighting & energy generation – how will successes be measured?
  • Where is policy being turned into action in a way that the future cities ‘story’ can be understood by businesses and the wider community?

4 February 2015
5.00pm – 8.00pm

Followed by a drinks & networking reception

Grant Thornton UK LLP
Conference Square, 7 Exchange Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 8AN

£30 + VAT for non-members
ecoConnect Members attend at a 50%-100% discount

To Register for the event please click on the link below:

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