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Sustainability in 21st Century Cities: Evening Panel Discussion


Bristol was one of the leading UK cities in sustainability culminating in its status as European Green Capital in 2015. We will be joined by former elected Mayor George Ferguson who will give an insight into the trends he has seen in cities overseas, where he has presented on Bristol’s experiences.

Mike Rawlinson a founding director of City ID, a specialist design company, who has led the delivery of innovative, ground breaking, design projects and strategies around the globe. He also developed the Legible Cities movement, pioneered in Bristol. He will focus on the part that sustainability plays in major cities future plans.

Other speakers/panel members will include Dave Mouncey a partner with Smith & Williamson, who is a member of the firms sustainability group and Alan Bailey the head of Low Carbon South West.

The evening will focus on sustainability issues facing cities and provide an opportunity to discuss whether Bristol is keeping up with world trends.

This is the third in a series of evening events by Low Carbon South West in partnership with Smith & Williamson, investigating the most pressing issues and upcoming developments affecting low carbon/sustainability issues.

Please arrive at 6.00pm for a drinks reception (roof terrace open with weather permitting) before the 6.30pm start at Smith & Williamson’s stunning fourth floor venue with views over Bristol’s skyline

Evening Agenda

18:00 Arrive to drinks reception
18:30 Dave Mouncey, Partner for S&W introduces speakers and evening
18:40 Initial statements from speakers
19:05 Panel Discussion and Debate
19:50 Open Q&A
20:10 Formal close, followed by Networking & Drinks

Get to know our speakers!

George Ferguson CBE PPRIBA - People & Cities

Past President of Royal Institute of British Architects (2003/5) and first elected Mayor of Bristol UK (2012-16). Under his leadership Bristol became European Green Capital, became a founder Rockefeller 100 Resilient City, A UNESCO Learning City, won the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Award, and the IMCL Lewis Mumford Healthy City Award.

He now has an international profile as an advocate for liveable cities and the global environment. He was appointed a CBE for services to architecture and the community in 2010, has honorary degrees from the University of Bristol and the University of West of England and is a Fellow of the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol

Mike Rawlinson RDI, Design Director, City ID.
Mike is a founding director of City ID, a specialist design company based in Bristol, UK, and New York City and San Francisco in the US.
He has led the development and delivery of innovative, ground-breaking design projects and strategies around the globe – the quality of which is demonstrated through their legacy. Mike has extensive experience in master planning, city identity, wayfinding, city information systems and sustainable transportation projects. 
In particular, Mike is credited with developing the Legible Cities movement, pioneered in Bristol, and now extending to a number of cities in the UK, Europe, USA and elsewhere. These projects seek to improve people’s understanding and experience of cities and destinations through the implementation of wayfinding, information technology and integrated transportation projects that support sustainable forms of movement. Mike’s work on city legibility has been cited as best practise by NACTO, APA, and SEGD in the US, as well as the European Union (EU), The UK Department for Transport (DfT) and most recently by the UK Design Council.
He has advised cities and organisations in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Korea, Russia, Spain and the US and has lectured widely at institutions including at the University of Edinburgh, and Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milan. 
In 2017, Mike was awarded the prestigious title of Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts. This title was awarded for his sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society. It is regarded as the highest honour a designer can obtain in the UK.

Smith & Williamson is a leading, independently owned, professional and financial services firm, they provide accountancy, investment management and tax services to private and corporate clients. Their Sustech Team is made up of dedicated individuals who have an excellent understanding of the issues in the clean technology and renewable energy sector and are able to apply this knowledge and experience when offering their services. The team’s expertise covers accounting, audit and assurance, carbon policy compliance, corporate finance, due diligence, tax compliance and efficiency.

Low Carbon South West is a membership organisation and sector partnership between businesses, academia, investors, local authorities, and both regional and national agencies promoting the growth of the environmental sector and low carbon industries in the South and West of England. Our aim is to be the best environmental trade network in the UK.

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