Our city’s shared plan to tackle climate change


Natural Environment Green Summit Lead In Listening Events- 'Place'

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:00 to 17:00
Humanities Bridgeford Street Building Room 1.69 / 1.70 Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL

Investing in our natural environment will bring major benefits to everyone living and working within Greater Manchester. High quality green spaces can reduce flood risk, help improve air quality and enhance physical and mental wellbeing, as well as creating a great sense of place. The benefits to people and communities across the city are clear, but we know that the preservation and enhancement of our green spaces is falling a long way behind the rate of development.

The purpose of the 'Place Listening Event' is to adopt blue-sky thinking to explore innovative solutions for developing a greener city-region across Greater Manchester. Leading professionals from a variety of fields will present 'snapshot soap-box' proposals that are then discussed by all the event attendees to consider exciting and feasible ways of delivering high-quality multi-functional green spaces across the city. Discussion around each of the soapbox proposals will explore the challenges and opportunities of each proposal, explore opportunities for other ideas and shortlist the best ideas to take forward to help shape a greener Greater Manchester.

The event is one of a number of Listening Events being held in the run up to the Mayor’s Green Summit in March. These will feed into the Greater Manchester Environment Charter;which will be launched at the Mayor’s Green Summit as a call to action for the public sector, communities, businesses and voluntary organisations to deliver a thriving and sustainable city for the future. After the Summit, this will then lead to the production of a Post 2020 GM Environment Strategy.

Workshop Programme;

13.00 – 13.30

Registration and refreshments

13.30 – 13.40

Introduction: Why do we need a greener city region?

Part I:

13.40 – 13.45

Soapbox Presentation 1: Nick Rogers: UK Design Director, Taylor Wimpey

13.45 – 13.55

Roundtable Discussion: Barriers, Opportunities and Feasibility of Soapbox 1

13.55 – 14.00

Soapbox Presentation 2: Marcel Ridyard: Senior Sports & Leisure Architect, AFL Architects

14.00 – 14.10

Roundtable Discussion: Barriers, Opportunities and Feasibility of Soapbox 2

14.10 – 14.15

Soapbox Presentation 3: Angie Jukes: Technical Policy & Planning Officer: Stockport Council

14.15 – 14.25

Roundtable Discussion: Barriers, Opportunities and Feasibility of Soapbox 3

14.25 – 14.30

Soapbox Presentation 4: Euan Hall: Chief Executive, The Land Trust

14.30 – 14.40

Roundtable Discussion: Barriers, Opportunities and Feasibility of Soapbox 4

Tea and Coffee

Part II:

15.00 – 15.05

Introduction to Part II

15.05 – 15.30

Preparation of Table Soapbox Presentations

15.30 – 16.00

Soapbox Presentations for Tables 1-5

16.00 – 16.10

Vote for Soapbox Presentations (Tables 1-5)

16.10 – 16.40

Soapbox Presentations for Tables 6-10

16.40 – 16.50

Vote for Soapbox Presentations (Tables 6-10)

16.50 – 17.00

Next Steps and Close