17 reasons to go to ecobuildTuesday 12 December
ecobuild is back and is set to once again bring together the leading thinkers and figures from across the built environment. This year, alongside the usual seminars and demonstrations, a silver thread running through the event will be the question of how we can collectively help to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a member of the ecobuild Steering Group I’m excited that Bioregional will be helping to enable this conversation.
The SDGs are a collection of 17 interrelated global goals set out by the United Nations, agreed in September 2015 by over 190 nations with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
Our industry has big part to play in contributing to achieving these goals – after all, carbon emissions from buildings account for around a third of our planet’s carbon emissions. But it also clearly has a role to play in promoting good health and wellbeing (Goal 3), sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11) and many other goals.
How we plan and construct homes, offices and other developments in towns and cities are all factors which can help reduce carbon emissions and create truly sustainable communities for future generations to enjoy.
At ecobuild we will aim to draw solutions as to how our industry can work efficiently to deliver on each of the 17 goals. This bottom-up approach is in the spirit of how the Goals were created in the first place. All discussions from the event will be concluded in a document as a legacy takeaway.
To kick-start the discussions, Paula Caballero, a powerful figure who proposed the SDGs back in 2011 will be the keynote speaker at the opening session of the conference. Now climate lead at the World Resources Institute, Paula will help to shape discussions throughout the event.
At Bioregional we are passionate about the SDGs. We worked with Paula to champion the Goals at the UN back in 2011 and through the UN processes, and also co-founded UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development. This is an organisation you can join to help deliver the goals in the UK.
We will also be helping demystify the SDGs throughout ecobuild 2018 with a dedicated stand, activities and events. We’re looking forward to talking to others across the industry about how we can collectively build a better future for the planet.
So that’s 17 big reasons to go to ecobuild in 2018!