Councils and Climate Change
How are Local Authorities tackling climate change?
At an event held at the Design Museum, Public Practice brought together a panel of experts to discuss the climate emergency and explore proactive strategies to help tackle it. The discussion was introduced by Public Practice Associates Tara Gbolade and Laetitia Pancrazi, chaired by Julie Hirigoyen (Chief Executive UK Green Building Council), and included Cllr Bridget Smith (Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council), Sarah Cary (Executive Director of Place London Borough of Enfield and Public Practice Board Member), and Sunand Prasad (Senior Partner Penoyre & Prasad and Mayor’s Design Advocate).
Panellists discussed the important actions already being taken by the public sector in instigating a step-change towards a more sustainable built environment. However, they also argued that more concrete climate actions are needed and that such actions will be contingent on proactive collaboration with local communities and across sectors.
While the event identified strategies to help address the climate crisis, it is clear that the conversation has only just begun. Public Practice will continue to promote cross-cutting conversations and will assist local authorities in recruiting built environment experts to help deliver on their climate emergency declarations.