Healthy City Design International
14th – 15th October 2019
Hosted at the Royal College of Physicians, this two-day conference will look to build on the inaugural event in 2017, to drive collaboration and understanding across the medical and development industry, in terms of how we design and deliver successful cities. Drawing upon leading research from around the globe, the congress will look to tackle health inequalities and resilience that can support the delivery of healthy urban environments.
Greenkeeper was successfully selected to speak at the event following a paper submission in early 2019. At the session, we will look to provide an overview of the tool and how we see it supporting city design across the UK and potentially internationally.
For full conference information please click here.
Empowering parks for the 21st Century
24th September 2019
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has joined forces with the Landscape Institute to host this event for Park and Landscape Managers from across the UK, to this free all day conference at thestudio in Birmingham.
Greenkeeper will be represented by Dr Rebecca Lovell of the University of Exeter Medical School. Rebecca will join a panel to discuss advancements made by her and her team in terms of health measurement within green infrastructure. This research forms an intrinsic element of Greenkeeper and is leading the way in measuring the benefit of greenspace.
ACES Conference: Improving Lives Through Property
19th-20th September 2019
The Greenkeeper team have been invited to speak at The Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Project Managers (ACES) annual conference this September. This public sector focused association, use their annual conference to bring together heads of property and asset management in local authorities, armed forces, blue light services, government departments and those private sector consultants supporting them.
Their annual conference is this year being held on the Isle of Wight and is looking to focus on the health and social benefits property asset management can have on surrounding populations.
Greenkeeper will be looking to provide an overview of the tool and how it can support understanding and design of green infrastructure across a plethora of development scenarios. For more information on the event click here.
Planning Fringe Event ahead of the 13th European Biennial of Towns & Town Planners 2019
9.00-13.00 – 11th September 2019
Greenkeeper has been invited to speak at this fringe event, following our emerging work on the Future Parks Accelerator programme. Curated by Plymouth City Council, the event aims to explore the edges of planning practice and especially how it engages with wider society. The morning session proposes to tackle questions such as how does planning engage with the current and future generations? How can we improve this interaction? How do we see the profession evolving? What is the role of design within planning?
Robin Smale of Vivid will join representatives from Arup, The Glasshouse Community led-design programme, and LHC Design to debate the above and its application to the issues Plymouth specifically faces now and in the future.
The results form this session will then be fed into the wider Biennial programme being held on the 11-13th September at the University of Plymouth.
Future Parks Accelerator Launch @ Kings Cross
10th June 2019
Following the selection of eight places to receive grant funding from the Future Parks Accelerator Fund (a collaboration between the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund), Greenkeeper joined the lucky winners to launch the programme in June. During the session, we discussed how our tool can inform their understanding of existing green infrastructure, as well as their proposals for utilising the funding.
Exciting times and watch this space for more information on their plans and the application of Greenkeeper in coming months.
Pilot Group Meeting @ Vivid Economics, London
4th April 2019
In our April Pilot Group meeting we provided an to update all regarding the development of our ‘Demand’ and ‘Health & Well-being benefit’ models.
With the models now in place we are able to review existing green spaces and provide analysis and values. Working closely with Peabody and their Thamesmead site in particular, we presented the findings from the tool in terms of usage and resultant valuation of their current green infrastructure.
Our next stage is to specify the front end platform for the tool and commission it’s build through a sub-consultant.
European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference @ Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
10-11th April 2019
Co-hosted by The Bartlett and Loughborough University this event brought together leading urban green infrastructure experts and practitioners from Europe and beyond.
With a focus on joining academia with governance and policy, the sessions across the two days sought to apply emerging research to current city challenges around health & wellbeing, biodiversity and financial mechanisms.
As such Greenkeeper was a perfect fit to the programme and Karishma Gulrajani of Vivid Economics received a good reception at the event. It was clear that internationally there is no other existing tool currently developed which can measure the demand and resultant value of green infrastructure in the manner we are proposing, while our health & well-being measurement approaches are at the cutting edge of research in this field.
NCI Summit 2019 @ The Crystal, London
21st-22nd May 2019
The Natural Capital Initiative celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, with their third ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems’ summit. The summit provided an independent platform for people in science, policy NGOs, businesses and local communities to discuss and debate innovative capital solutions that enhance the environment and strengthen society.
Dr Rebecca Lovell and Sian de Bell from the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter joined the delegates as delegates and speakers presenting their current research findings on measuring health and well-being benefits of urban greenspace.