Rethinking the City- Toward Zero Carbon Communities (Rethink)

Venue: Cultivate Centre

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Event Date/Time: Jun 06, 2006
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June 22, 2006 | Dublin | 9:00-17:30

Featuring leading speakers and case studies from Ireland and the UK

A full day conference hosted by Cultivate Centre and British Council

Where could YOUR city be in twenty years? Where SHOULD it be?

What is being done now to get there?

How do we link efforts across sectors and interests?

What needs to change to allow us to reach our goal?


We live at a turning point in history with rapidly rising oil and gas
prices in the face of shrinking supply and increased demand and repeated
warnings that the impact of climate change will be more severe than
previously thought. Designers, planners, architects, engineers,
scientists and citizens are rethinking the urban environment. Rethinking
the City will examine some of these ideas in the context of reducing the
carbon footprint of our communities.

The convergence of challenges, most particularly global warming and peak
oil, have brought us to a point where we now need to act decisively and
to ‘rethink how we use energy. This could mean a healthier, more
fulfilled and ethical way of life that values efficiency, community and

"If we look at the big picture the most serious global threat that we
are facing is climate change and not terrorism. The challenges are
considerable but the policy tools and the technologies are already
available to move to a low-carbon future. There are cost-effective
solutions if we act now."
-Stavros Dimas, EU Environment Commissioner


Featured Presentations will examine the issues from the global and city
scale to individual buildings, transport, and the integration of systems
to create healthy, low carbon communities.

Speakers will include:

Dick Gleeson, City Planner Dublin

Oxford City Councillor Susan Roaf, Producer of the Recent “Solar Cities”
world conference

Paul Evans, INREB Faraday Partnership, UK

Gavin Killip, Senior Researcher: “40% House”, University of Oxford,
Environmental Change Institute

Councillor David Healy, Fingal County

Hugh McClintock,Institute of Urban Planning,Nottingham

and others.....


Corporate €175.00 / Concession € 135.00 / Individual €150.00 /

phone: +353 1 674 5773 or email:

Further Information:

Cultivate Sustainable Living and Learning Centre
15-19 Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, Ireland

phone: +353 1 674 6396

Who Should Attend
Architects, planners, design professionals, property developers,
property investors, Housing Policy Makers, City Development Boards,
Chambers of Commerce, Agenda 21 Officers, Health Boards, City
Councillors, Civil Servants, Community and Environmental NGOs and
concerned citizens.

The Conference 'Cafe' Format

Based on a belief that the intelligence is in the hall and not just on
the podium, this conference employs a "Cafe" format where short
presentations are followed by facilitated discussions at each table.

Conference Schedule
08.30-09.00 Registration
09.15-09.30 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair, Dick Gleeson, City
Planner Dublin
09.30-10.00 Presentation 1- Achieving Low Carbon Cities: Oxford City
Councillor Susan Roaf

10.00-10.20 Presentation 2 - Achieving Low Carbon at the Neighbourhood
Scale: Paul Evans, INREB Faraday Partnership, UK

10.20-11.00 Cafe Discussion
11.00-11.20 Break
11.20-11.40 Presentation 3 - Achieving Low Carbon at the Individual
Buildings Scale: Gavin Killip, Senior Researcher: 40% House, University
of Oxford, Environmental Change Institute

11:40-12.10 Cafe Discussion
12.10-13.10 Plenary: Panel Discussion
13.10-14.10 Network Lunch (catered)
14.10-14.40 Presentation 4- Achieving Low Carbon through Progressive
Planning: Councillor David Healy, Fingal County

14:40-15.10 Cafe Discussion
15.10-15:30 Break
15:30-16.30 Panel Discussion- Transport, Food, and other Opportunities
to Reduce Carbon
16.30- 17.30 Plenary Discussion
17.30 Close