A conference on ‘Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities’ will be held at Darwin Lecture Theatre, University College London (UCL) on 5 and 6 November 2013.
Hosted by the UCL Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources as part of the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities/ UCL Grand Challenge Symposium Series, this conference will address the question of how cities can continue to meet their present needs without compromising the future of the city, the region or the planet, particularly focusing on the challenges around provision of resources for growing urban populations related to the physical built environment, infrastructure, transport and water.
Day 1 on ‘Urban metabolism, feeding the city’ will comprise three sessions: Urban Challenges, Resource supply, and Resources consumption. The day will end with a keynote address on ‘Urban Metabolism’ by Professor Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council (WFC).
Day 2 on ‘Research into action’ (a half-day) will be a Transition Towns panel discussion.
UCL Grand Challenges is a mechanism that brings together concentrations of specialist expertise across UCL and beyond to address aspects of the world’s key problems. It comprises Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources generates knowledge in the globally sustainable use of natural resources and trains the future leaders of this field.
Image adapted from the conference webpage