What are Sustainable Communities: Monthly Sustainability Forum July
- 11-07-2013 18:30 - 21:00
- Arup Associates, Shanghai
Welcome to Arup Associates and Green Drinks China special series of Monthly Sustainability Forums this summer, called The Future, series on 11th July, 18.30 - 21.00hrs at Arup Associates Office, 30F, 1045 Huaihai Middle Road, Shanghai.
Our forum this July aims to answer the question ‘What are Sustainable Communities?’. In a world where over 50% of the population is already living in cities with more people increasingly moving to urban areas, communities are bound to affect the way we live, work, play or interact with each other. What then do the communities of the future look like? What is the ingredient of a sustainable community? And what are some of the examples of such communities, that may or may not work in the context of China?
Dr. Pan Tao has fifteen years of experience working on urban development, environmental management, energy efficiency, and GHG reduction initiatives in China. As China Urban Program Director with the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Pan Tao is bringing together the best U.S. and Chinese resources to promote increased energy efficiency and reduced GHG emission and increase the use of successful energy efficiency models and practices in Chinese cities. His efforts provide climate leadership and training and technical assistance opportunities for Chinese municipal, provincial, and private sector leaders, integrate resources that assist cities in implementing GHG reduction projects from leading approaches and promising practices through the world. He is fluent in Chinese and has advanced proficiency in English. And he initiated a community garden project in Shanghai, promoting urban families’ natural life style.
Presentation Overview: To live in a sustainable community is the dream of people. Unfortunately the Chinese reality is far from the dream yet. This presentation will bring you into the discussion on: 1) What are the main characteristics for sustainable communities under the context of climate change, 2) What are community-based actions building up sustainability, 3) Shining examples.
The main message the presenter wants to bring in is that the barriers for sustainability are not technologies but institutional deficiency.
Presentation Overview: Barriers for Sustainability - Institutional Deficiency, not Technology.
Richard Brubaker is the Founder of Collective Responsibility, Adjunct Professor, Sustainability and Responsible Leadership, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and a well-known figure in China's sustainability space. Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, Richard is focused on building platforms that promote long term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental, and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates. Richard has overseen the development and execution of more than 200 projects focused on solving the social, environmental, and economic challenges that are faced in Asia.
Presentation Overview: Rebuilding Natural Communities in a Manufactured Environment.
David Li is the co-founder of XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China. Urban farming and aquaponics have been his key projects in the space. He also runs the Shanghai Aquaponics Blog. He has been working on urban farming related issues for over three years now.
XinCheJian, the first of many Hackerspaces in China, is one of the many hundreds Hackerspaces all around the world. Each Hackerspace is an autonomous entity, but they all share the same philosophy of having fun building things. An hackerspace is an environment where people can learn and tinker with technology, work in teams, participate in international competitions where many new opportunities can be found and created for all.
Presentation Overview: David will talk about why Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) doesn't work in China and what to do to change it through his presentation "Sustainable Farming By the Square Meter"
The event is completely free (thanks to our sponsor Arup Associates); beer and soft drinks will be provided for our audience. RSVP is recommended due to limited spaces.