Previous webinars are available to watch on YouTube which can be accessed via the Future Plymouth 2030 website.
The second season of webinars covered topics such as future energy, transport, local environment and flooding, climate change education, adaptive re-use of cities, and embodied energy.
Wednesday 20 October 2021 | COP Conversations: Is adaptation the Cinderella of climate change? | Watch the webinar on YouTube
Wednesday 17 November 2021 | Our community’s response to the climate emergency and carbon reduction | Watch the webinar on YouTube
Jessica Vaughan, Planning Officer at Plymouth City Council, explained the annual Plymouth Climate Challenge and the #BackTheFuture LIVE event that just happened in association with Crowdfunder. This initiative encourages anyone in the local community of Plymouth to propose initiatives with a positive environmental impact on the city and its residents, and rewards the winners with significant cash injections for their projects. Antony Jinman, polar adventurer and ‘local boy’ from Wembury/Plymstock, explained how his explorations to both poles and his ‘Education Through Expeditions’ (ETE) initiative to date have fuelled his desire for climate change education to be improved generally and how his proposed Plymouth Climate Challenge project this year ‘Our Planet, Your Path’ within a disused shop unit in our City centre could assist this. Caroline Blackler, who works in PR and Comms for POP, was inspired to pursue her Plymouth Climate Challenge idea last year despite having to pull out of the competition because of Lockdown2. Caroline is passionate that many of the post-war flat-roofed buildings in our city centre could – and should – be retrofitted with 'biosolar' roofs which would offer multiple benefits; mitigate many of the impacts of the climate crisis and help the city achieve zero carbon. As well as providing renewable energy from the photovoltaic arrays, the green roofs would act as a sponge; retain rainwater to be harvested and – significantly – help to mitigate the flood impact of the climate crisis in Plymouth City Centre.
Wednesday 1 December 2021 | Retrofitting buildings: the elephant in the room! | Watch the webinar on YouTube
Zoe Sydenham, Chartered Environmentalist, gave an update on some of the innovative nature-based projects she is involved in – including Green Minds, Plymouth Natural Grid and Future Parks – exploring what wildness means and the challenges and opportunities to engage communities, enterprise and organisations in connecting, conserving and rewilding nature in the city. Dr Thomas Murphy, Industrial Research Fellow for Green Walls on the Low Carbon Devon team at the University of Plymouth talked about woodland creation and its importance as an upstream nature-based solution (NbS) to downstream urban flooding. Robert Bedner, Chartered Technologist at CURA Design explained what biophilic design in architecture is and provide case studies that use nature within buildings.
Three guest speakers shared their research and experience of engaging with young people around the climate emergency. The University's Professor Alison Anderson discussed young people's awareness of the climate emergency based on her project 'Visualising Climate: young people's responses to the climate emergency' which was recently exhibited at COP26. Adam Milford, Senior Engagement and Learning Officer for The Box, Plymouth, talked about how museums are helping children to understand the climate emergency. Finally, Tim Gill, author of 'Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities' made the case for building places that work better for children and young people, especially in the wake of the pandemic and the climate crisis, and explore the links with urban sustainability.
Jonathan Derwent, Director at Hydrock Engineering shared his thoughts on Sustainable Structures and the important role that engineers have to play in that responsibility. Jack Walker, Chair of the Plymouth ICE Committee shared recent investigations into Low Carbon and Ultra Low Carbon Concrete and its availability locally, and Andrew Waugh, Director at Waugh Thistleton Architects talked about their success in producing beautiful, sustainable buildings using timber structurally, even for multi-storey solutions!
Emma Osmundsen, MD for Exeter City Living, talked about how value-based leadership can produce healthier and wealthier results for our future housing industry, addressing the ‘triple bottom line’ (social, environmental and financial). Anthony Greer, co-founder of TALO and Director of Corporate, presented on their Finnish inspired systems of timber construction that could be a solution for the British housing industry to embrace, and Phoebe MacDonald, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Advisor leading on sustainability and climate action policy at the RIBA, talked about the importance of POE (Post Occupancy Evaluation) and retrofitting our existing buildings.
Wednesday 9 March 2022 | The biodiversity emergency and biodiversity net gain | Watch the webinar on YouTube
Dr Sian Rees, Associate Professor of Social-Ecological Systems at the University shared her work which contributed to a recent report by the British Ecological Society regarding how nature is essential to mitigate both the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies. Dr Gemma Jerome, founder of Building with Nature, explained how this initiative started, whose mission it is to make high quality green infrastructure integral to place-making in the UK, maximising benefits for both citizens and the natural world, and how it can be used by local authorities. Tom Butterworth, Director and Head of Ecology for WSP UK, elaborated on their work advising the UK development industry on Biodiversity Net Gain, providing examples on successful implementation of this for some large-scale clients and projects.
Wednesday 23 March 2022 | Reduce reuse and recycle: how are we dealing with our waste? | Watch the webinar on YouTube
ReCon Soil Low Carbon Technology Network Event
Professor Mark Fitzsimons from the University of Plymouth talked about the importance of understanding, using and protecting our soil to prevent soil degradation and it being considered a construction ‘waste’. Adam Willetts, architect at successful regeneration company Urban Splash, renowned for bringing redundant/historic ‘waste’ buildings back into modern day use all over the country, provided a narrative on their ethos and examples of their work here in Plymouth. Paul Carey and Jane Ford from MVV Environment Energy from Waste in Plymouth explained the pros and cons of preventing our household waste from going to land fill and using it in a productive way to generate heat and electricity.
Wednesday 6 April 2022 | Future electricity use and generation | Watch the webinar on YouTube
Associate Professor Martyn Hann from the University of Plymouth discussed the potential for energy generation around our coasts and Plymouth's Floating Offshore Wind test facility. Adam Longfield, Senior Consultant at BRE National Solar Centre and Project Manager to South West Energy Hub, enlightened us on the developments and opportunities for energy generation by solar means in the South West, with an update on the proposals for such at Chelson Meadow by Philip Morris. Eimear Moloney, Director and Head of Building Performance for Hoare Lea, talked about what the future all-electric home or building might look like and the changes for us to consider.
Wednesday 27 April 2022 | How could the planning system better help climate change? | Watch the webinar on YouTube
Hugh Ellis, TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association) Policy Director explained why the Planning System needs to be at the heart of delivering the UK’s climate change targets. James Shorten, Geographer/Planner at TerraPermaGeo in Totnes believes that the planning system, “with greater imagination and fewer fetters”, could be doing much more to address the climate and ecological emergencies and will speak about what sustainability really is! Robert Lacey, Cornwall Council Planning Policy Group Leader spoke about how they are working towards addressing climate change through planning, neighbourhood planning, green infrastructure and design in Cornwall.
Wednesday 11 May 2022 | Net zero carbon futures from a creative perspective | Watch the webinar on YouTube
The University's Dr David Sergeant and Dr Emma Whittaker talked about a project raising public awareness of the Devon Carbon Plan by empowering local communities to create positive ‘visions’ of a carbon net zero future. The Net-Zero Visions project unites community groups with creative professionals and net-zero transition experts to produce their vision in creative outputs including animations, illustrations, interactive games and public murals. Chloë Uden, Founder and Artistic Director of The Art and Energy Collective here in Plymouth told us about the collaborative Moths to a Flame project which went to COP26, and introduce a new Art and Energy Club which will be open to all Plymouth residents and will lead to an exhibition of Plymouth people’s creativity responding to the climate emergency next year.
Wednesday 25 May 2022 | Resolving transport issues for a sustainable future | Watch the webinar on YouTube
John Green, Plymouth City Council Low Carbon Officer, talked about plans for mobility hubs across the city and other sustainable travel initiatives. Mark Hodgson, MD of Co Cars Ltd presented their vision for on demand electric shared mobility across the South West and how they are proud to be a not-for-profit co-operative social enterprise, and the University's Dr Andrew Seedhouse discussed smart ticketing which could be considered as one piece of the decarbonising transport jigsaw amongst other national initiatives.
Wednesday 8 June 2022 | Local environment issues and flooding | Watch the webinar on YouTube
Frank Newell, Team Leader from the Environment Agency, Flood and Coastal Risk Management explained the issues of flooding and rising sea levels from the Environment Agency's perspective. Rod Smith from John Grimes Partnership Ltd, and Richard Bara, urban designer and landscape architect at Plymouth City Council, discussed what the current and future issues around flooding in the South West and Plymouth specifically are, and how they are and could be solved in the future as the effects of climate change increase! Finally Matthew Parkes, architect at Stride Treglown discussed some of the issues facing waterfront businesses and development areas, suggesting some radical ideas that could provide some solutions for Plymouth.