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Friday, June 15, 2007
Greening Suffolk
A quick update from a project that I'm working on in my birth county of Suffolk - the new initiative Suffolk: Creating the Greenest County (skeleton website here that we launched a couple of weeks ago) which is starting to gather momentum. Not nearly as fluffy as it sounds, the project is bringing together lots of passionate and active people in the county to strategise some ambitious targets, and the actions needed to get there.

As part of this we're holding a conference in October that will spread the message wider to community leaders, business, and the local authorities, and start to get them all to consider what their organisations or communities can do to contribute to the bigger aims. It's very much going to be a hands-on event with a series of seminars on different themes that are all about stimulating discussion, creating learning opportunities and sharing experience from those who've already started to take action. But we're also talking high-level with keynote speeches that will address the 20-year scenario for Suffolk and the big debates over how the county needs to adapt.

I've started to nail down panel members for the seminars and have some really interesting people lined up but there are a few spaces left to fill: so I thought I might open it to you to see if you have any smart suggestions. I'm specifically looking for someone to contribute on post-occupancy of sustainably designed buildings and behavioural change of building users. In addition we're still developing the focus for seminars on transport (green travel plans and so forth) and waste minimisation. And any ideas for other interesting people would be gratefully received!


Anonymous Adrian McEwen said...

AC Architects aren't too far away over here in Cambridge, and have been working in their sustainable offices for well over a year now.

I went on a tour of their practice during architecture week last year - my notes.

They've renovated an old Victorian(?) building into an office and a couple of flats, with heat pump; passive cooling; solar water heating... so sound like they could fit what you're looking for.

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Anonymous ZLG said...

Constructing Excellence have been leading a project to raise awareness of climate change in the West Suffolk area. We have run over 30 workshops in the area so far with businesses and local community groups and plan to run 20 more. If you would like more info please have a look at our website: www.constructingexcellence.org.uk

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