Future Plymouth 2030

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Future Plymouth 2030 is a series of webinars exploring collaborative pathways to achieve low carbon, sustainable development in our city, and providing a platform for knowledge exchange and collaborative action.

With buildings currently contributing the largest proportion of Plymouth's greenhouse gas emissions (at 31%), the Built Environment community is coming together to work towards the city's climate declaration goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Join us to hear the latest research, industry developments and case studies. Webinars will include speakers from the University represented from areas including architecture, building engineering, creative industries, science communication, power electronics, geography and environmental science.

The second season of webinars will cover topics such as future energy, transport, local environment and flooding, climate change education, adaptive re-use of cities, and embodied energy.

Led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in partnership with Stride Treglown Architects, the University’s Sustainable Earth Institute, Low Carbon Devon and Plymouth City Council – and supported by a host of construction companies and professional institutes – Future Plymouth 2030 has earned praise for the way it has focused on key issues relating to low carbon futures. This has included a host of awards nominations, including two shortlistings at Constructing Excellence South West 2021, and a further three in the Plymouth Business Awards so far.

Register now to take part in this topical series of toolkit talks and debate, to learn, share and take practical steps towards the city's 2030 carbon neutral goal!

Wednesday 26 January 2022 | Structural and civil engineering solutions to the climate emergency [NEW DATE]

Jonathan Derwent, Director at Hydrock Engineering will kindly be sharing 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 will share recent investigations into Low Carbon and Ultra Low Carbon Concrete and its availability locally, and Andrew Waugh, Director at Waugh Thistleton Architects will talk to us about their success in producing beautiful, sustainable buildings using timber structurally, even for multi-storey solutions!

Wednesday 16 February 2022 | Futureproof housing: addressing the 'triple bottom line' [NEW DATE]
  • Speaker: Phoebe MacDonald, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Advisor at RIBA

Wednesday 9 March 2022 | The biodiversity emergency and nature-based solutions (NbS) [NEW DATE]

Wednesday 23 March 2022 | Reduce reuse and recycle: how are we dealing with our waste?

Wednesday 6 April 2022 | Future electricity use and generation [NEW DATE]

Wednesday 27 April 2022 | How is the planning reform going to help climate change?

Wednesday 11 May 2022 | Net zero carbon futures from a creative perspective [NEW TITLE]

Wednesday 25 May 2022 | Resolving transport issues for a sustainable future [NEW DATE]

Wednesday 8 June 2022 | Local environment issues and flooding

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Previous webinars

Wednesday 6 October 2021 |  RIBA Plymouth Branch and University of Plymouth Annual Lecture 2021 - speaker: Lynne Sullivan OBE RIBA

Lynne is an Architect and founded sustainableBYdesign, finalists in all three 2010-12 BRE-sponsored UK Passivhaus prototype Competitions. Previously Lynne was Sustainability Director for nine years at Broadway Malyan, and for ten years Associate Director at ECD Architects where as Project Architect she won an RIBA Regional Design Award, and was co-author and winner of the UK’s first government-sponsored Zero CO2 housing competition.

Lynne is now a design consultant, Visiting Professor, and industry Board member; sits on local and national design commissions and review panels, and is an RIBA Competitions Design Advisor. She has authored and chairs many policy review and research projects for UK governments and others, including the Scottish Government’s Expert Panel for “A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland”, chairing several projects for Zero Carbon Hub including the Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Task group and the Performance Gap Design group; two reviews of energy efficiency regulations for the Building Regulations Advisory Committee; and recently chairing the Buildings Mission 2030 Task group for the CLC’s Green Construction Board. She was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture in 2011, is Chair of the Good Homes Alliance, and a member of the CLC’s Green Construction Board since its inception.

Wednesday 20 October 2021 | COP Conversations: Is adaptation the Cinderella of climate change?

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has described Climate Adaptation as “still sitting in rags by the stove: under-resourced, underfunded and often ignored.” In the run up to COP26, where Climate Adaptation is a key theme, this webinar explored what’s happening locally and regionally to adapt our critical infrastructure to climate risk.

Tuesday 2 November 2021 | "2040" Film screening

Concerned about his young daughter's future, Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change. He meets with innovators and changemakers in many fields to draw on their expertise. A panel of local experts discussed the film afterwards.

Wednesday 17 November 2021 | Our community’s response to the climate emergency and carbon reduction

Jessica Vaughan, Planning Officer at Plymouth City Council, explained about 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!

Jenny Pierpoint from the Retrofit Academy discussed the challenges and issues of making existing buildings perform better, and how getting certified as a Retrofit Assessor can support this effort. Doug Eltham from Devon County Council and the Devon Climate Emergency updated on the outcomes of the Citizen’s Assembly with a particular focus on the desire to retrofit our existing building stock. Finally, Claire Pearce, Project Manager of the Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon Project and architect Nadine Wolz talked through the highly successful retrofit of the University's Sustainability Hub building to the highest retrofit SKA Gold rating which was ERDF funded.

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Net zero carbon futures from a creative perspective

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.

Wednesday 12 January 2022 | How do young people feel about the climate emergency?

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.

Future Plymouth 2030 is organised by RIBA Plymouth in collaboration with the Sustainable Earth Institute and Low Carbon Devon project at the University of Plymouth (supported by the European Regional Development Fund), and with support from Plymouth City Council, local construction companies and professional institutes.


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