2nd & 3rd November, Bristol UK
In Bristol, being “green” and sustainable is part of who we are as a city. We are blessed with natural benefits, with a huge amount of green space compared to other cities, the river that comes right into the centre, and our place at the heart of a fertile, food producing region. We are proud of the number of agencies based in the city who have national and international significance, including those who are members of the Bristol Natural History Consortium, and we are also blessed with a huge number of community groups and citizens who really understand and buy into the green agenda. All these things are part of Bristol’s DNA.
As Director of Bristol Futures, it is important to know where we want to be heading as a city. We’ve brought together our teams working on sustainability, the local economy, digital technology, European and environmental projects, because we know that working towards a low carbon economy will spearhead our future success.
While we may be facing difficult economic times, these difficulties also create real opportunities to do things differently. Now is time for innovation, to ensure that sustainable development is placed at the heart of what we need to achieve. Our vision is for a city that is smart, connected, green and creative. Nature is a vital part of this vision; the future needs to allow us more opportunities to engage with, and more space to interact with nature. The quality of the environment is essential to quality of life, and thus it is most important that access to nature is equal, that we recognise that different communities have different needs, and that we try to support that.
Bristol City Council was pleased to be able to host Communicate 2011 at the Council House, and to support both the conference and the production of this interactive summary. The grouping of Nature, People, and Economics as the key themes of the conference absolutely chime with the big strategies of Bristol City Council, the local enterprise partnership, and many of our community and voluntary sector partners in the city. I hope that this conference summary provides a valuable resource to both revisit the discussions held at the conference, and to stimulate further thinking and debate around these important themes.
Stephen Hilton, Director of the Futures Group, Bristol City Council