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Blue-green infrastructure provides many benefits, from climate change adaptation and mitigation to health and wellbeing and biodiversity.
At the fourth and final webinar in the Blue-Green Infrastructure series, ICE East Midlands Regional Chair, Ben McGrath, Nanco Dolman, Royal HaskoningDHV, and Dr Emily O'Donnell, University of Nottingham, will be joined by ICE President, Rachel Skinner.
The ICE President will provide an outline of her ‘Shaping Zero’ programme and, together with the speakers, take a closer look at the leaders in the blue-green infrastructure nationally.
The speakers will focus on the need for a fundamental change in how UK cities tackle urban water challenges and develop visions for ‘blue-green’ urban futures to help achieve the net zero target and make cities in the region and nationally, more sustainable and liveable.
They will also take a closer look into the Blue-Green Futures research (their published paper is available here).
View previous webinars in the series here:
Image of River Leen, Nottingham courtesy of Urban Flood Resilience Research Project.
President, Institution of Civil Engineers
Rachel Skinner is Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019 and is a Chartered Engineer, Trustee and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Highways & Transportation and a Chartered Transport Planner. In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2017 she was named as “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.
In late 2018, she was appointed by the Scottish Government as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland and is a Patron of Women in Transport, a not-for-profit networking organisation working to improve gender equality, having been one of its founding board members in 2005.
Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience, University of Nottingham
Emily is a Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience at the University of Nottingham. Her research specialises in urban flood resilience, Blue-Green Infrastructure and stakeholder engagement. She is interested in how cities are addressing current and future urban water challenges associated with climate change, urbanisation and ageing infrastructure, and how visions may be developed for Blue-Green urban futures. She works closely with UK local government and industry stakeholders in Newcastle and Nottingham to develop sustainable visions for urban water management via Learning and Action Alliances.
Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities, Royal HaskoningDHV
Nanco is a civil engineer and works as Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities at Royal HaskoningDHV. Bridging the gap between hydrological engineering and ecological design, Nanco is considered as one of the front runners in Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). He worked in various adaptation strategies for delta cities, and is currently involved in the international (UK-USA-China-Netherlands collaboration) ‘Blue-Green Futures’ research project, led by the University of Nottingham and funded by the British Academy’s Tackling the UK’s International Challenges programme (January 2019 to July 2020).
ICE East Midlands Regional Chair
Ben is an Associate Director for Waterman Aspen in the East Midlands, and also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby where he teaches Transport & Infrastructure Engineering and Sustainable Design and Flood Risk Management, as well as authoring online modules on the Civil Engineering & Construction Management master’s degree.
Ben is a technical design specialist with experience in highway design; commercial, industrial and residential built environment design; flood risk, drainage design and hydraulic modelling.
Within the ICE, Ben holds multiple positions at regional, branch and specialist committee levels and has been a reviewer for several years. He is currently East Midlands Regional Chair.
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