BioRegional is launching an Expert Panel for the One Planet initiative, which will draw on the knowledge and experience of leading names in international sustainability to help keep the One Planet initiative and its endorsed partners and projects at the cutting edge of green thinking and technology.
With an initial focus on the One Planet Communities programme, panel members have been selected for their expertise in areas including urban planning, green building, ecological footprinting, policy, and campaigning.
Its six independent members are: Susan Burns, CEO of ecological footprinting think tank, Global Footprint Network; Jim Heid, President and co-founder of US based sustainable development advisory company, UrbanGreen; Kevin Hydes, CEO of deep green building services engineering company, Integral Group and former Chair of the World Green Building Council; Tony Juniper, UK based author and environmental campaigner; Professor Li Shirong, Professor of construction management at Chongqing University and Deputy Director General of Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, China; and Raf Tuts, Chief of the Urban Environment and Planning Branch, UN-HABITAT.
They are joined by representatives from BioRegional’s endorsed One Planet Communities partner organisations, with their experience of practical delivery of the One Planet Communities programme: Pete Halsall, BioRegional Quintain Ltd; Geof Syphers, Codding Enterprises and Paulo Reis Silva, Pelicano.
The One Planet Communities programme is using the concepts of One Planet Living and sustainable ecological footprint to create a network of the earth’s greenest neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods will be showcased at the Rio+20 World Summit in 2012 to demonstrate to policy makers, business leaders and civil society that it can be easy, attractive and affordable for people to live happy and healthy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources. BioRegional are excited and pleased to have the support of the Expert Panel in making this happen.
The Panel will be run using a virtual network, with three group sessions each year – the first is scheduled for 17th March.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has featured One Planet Communities in their new 30WAYSin30DAYS climate change campaign. The campaign states: “UNEP’s 30 case studies prove that solutions to combat Climate Change are available, accessible and replicable”
Tune into your region’s CNBC channel at the following times to see several of the ground-breaking projects showcased and an interview with International Director, Pooran Desai OBE:
1st Broadcast: 30 October 17:30 SIN/HK Time
2nd Broadcast: 31 October 09:30 SIN/HK Time
1st Broadcast: 30 October 08:30 CET
2nd Broadcast: 30 October 13:30 CET
Single Broadcast: 30 October 16:00 EST
If you miss the broadcast the film will go up on www.oneplanetcommunities.org early next week.
Mexico City. For the second year, Greg Searle of BioRegional North America will be giving a 2-night seminar and workshop for a Diploma Course in “Design of Sustainable Communities at the Architecture Department of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City October 19-20. He will be joined by Daniel Viliesid of newly-formed BioRegional Mexico.
Greg Searle will join Daniel Vilisied of newly-formed BioRegional Mexico, Stockton Preserve developer David Nelson and Petite Rivière developer Suzanne Deschamps in Washington DC on October 15 for a panel dedicated to lessons learned from One Planet Communities at the Urban Land Institute’s annual Fall Meeting – a leading national conference on the built environment. The panel will help generate an article in the Urban Land magazine. Read more: http://www.ulifall.org/
Oct 4-5 2010, Mexico City: BioRegional to speak at B4E conference in build up to COP16 climate negotiations
B4E, Business for the Environment, is the world’s leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment.
Hosted in partnership by UNEP, the UN Global Compact, WWF, the host government of the summit and Global Initiatives, the Summit focuses on multi-stakeholder partnership solutions needed to address the mounting climate and inter-related environmental issues, and turning crises into opportunities. CEOs and senior executives from leading global companies will join leaders from government, international agencies, NGOs and other organisations in plenary and working group discussions to share and develop best practices, industry standards as well as, sustainable growth strategies.
The annual B4E Global Summit takes place April of every year in a selected host city with the last Summit held in Seoul, South Korea and previous summits convened in Paris, France and Singapore. The annual Summit host country for 2011 will be announced soon. A special B4E Climate Summit will be convene in Mexico City in October 2010 that will produce a policy message from global business leaders for climate action ahead of the COP 16 in Cancun.
Pooran Desai, Co-Founder of BioRegional and Director of One Planet Communities will be sharing a platform with Al Gore at the plenary session “Transformative low-carbon solutions: Tackling climate change, creating value” and Daniel Viliesid, BioRegional Mexico Representative, will act as Discussion Leader at the “Building, Construction and Materials” working group session. Other speakers at the conference include Hon. Al Gore, Former Vice President of the USA and Nobel Prize Winner.
The event is taking place at Expo Bancomer Santa Fe in Mexico City on the 4th and 5th of October 2010.
Registration and details on the event are available on www.b4esummit.com.
Mexico City. Greg Searle of BioRegional North America will be giving a 2-night seminar and workshop for a Diploma Course in “Design of Sustainable Communities at the Architecture Department of the Universidad Iberoamericano in Mexico City December 2-3.