UCL Engineering Exchange)
26 June 2018
Between January and March 2017, the Engineering Exchange delivered a programme of activities looking at the state of Green Infrastructure (GI) in London (read the GLA’s GI Task Force report). The programme was part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant ‘Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science’.
The project’s major output is the report ‘Green Infrastructure for London: A review of the evidence’. The research was undertaken by engineers, built environment specialists and scientists at UCL. It was both peer reviewed in line with academic publication requirements, and underwent an innovative public consultation in which London citizens read and commented on the draft report. Many thanks to those who participated; your input was valuable in reflecting the wide knowledge base of communities impacted by GI in London.
Other activities included in the project
In addition to the report, a series of activities was undertaken to build skills and knowledge and to develop partnerships between UCL and community groups in London who are working on or interested in green infrastructure, including:
- A CPD training course for GI practitioners called ‘Working with Communities: Practical skills for GI practitioners’ (watch the video).
- With support from the London Sustainability Exchange, the EngEx hosted a community research forum bringing together UCL specialists with Londoners interested in GI. Themes including light and air pollution; soil quality and food growing; heat islands and microclimates; water harvesting and flooding and greening the city. Participants formed groups to catalyse new projects, with support from the EngEx. Read the event report: Green Infrastructure Springboard.
- A panel and community consultation launch event at UCL on 30th March 2017. You can view the panel’s slides on working with communities to implement community planning and river improvements. You can also view photos from the event on our Facebook page.
- A series of video interviews with specialists in airborne and light pollution (watch the interviews).