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Event: “Smart Cities – are they relevant to Suffolk?”- Oct 24

October 13, 2011

Invitation from Innovation Martlesham Chairman David Ralph

Smart Cities – are they relevant to Suffolk?

A presentation and discussion led by Chris Tuppen, Founder of Advancing Sustainability LLP

Monday 24th October 2011, 4.00pm – 6pm

UCS Waterfront Building, Room W418

I am delighted to invite you to this inaugural event led by the Haven Gateway Partnership working directly with Suffolk Greenest County that looks specifically at the challenges and opportunities of delivering sustainable and low carbon growth.

Look back over the past forty years and ask yourself what has changed – not in an incremental way, but in a transformational way.

Many aspects of our lives have got incrementally better, with many products and services showing improved quality, higher efficiency and better safety. Over the same period some aspects of our lives have changed out of all proportion. Behind much of this transformational change lies high speed connectivity and the internet. The availability of information at the touch of a button has changed the way people interact with each other, has created highly successful new business models and has opened up global commerce.

We hope it will initiate a challenging discourse on how best to innovate and work smarter to deliver low carbon sustainable development. With the pressures of housing supply, the ongoing threats of climate change and coastal erosion and the need to establish a clear programme for growth in response to the economic challenges such a debate seems particularly timely.

At this first event. I am delighted to welcome a well-known face in Chris Tuppen, who has kindly agreed to share his learning from a recent case study he has been undertaking in Bristol. We believe this provides useful insights and is of direct relevance to Suffolk.

I hope you will be able to attend and also contribute  – but please do RSVP to either myselfdavid.ralph@haven-gateway.org or Nicky Daniels nicky.daniels@innovationmartlesham.com

This event is supported by Suffolk – Greenest County, East of England IDB Ltd, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Martlesham and University Campus Suffolk.

Biography of Presenter

Chris Tuppen is the founder of Advancing Sustainability LLP. He was Chief Sustainability Officer at BT until 2010 ,where he was responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy, producing the company’s corporate accountability report and engaging with strategic stakeholders including regulators, investors and customers.

Chris has served on the boards of CSR Europe and of the US charity, Business for Social Responsibility. He co-chaired the Global Reporting Initiative’s measurement working group and chaired the Global e- Sustainability Initiative and the European Telecommunication Network Operators Association’s environmental working group. He was a co-editor of the report SMART 2020 – Enabling the Low Carbon Economy in the Information Age.

He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Forum, the Council of AccountAbility, an international membership organisation committed to enhancing social and ethical accountability, and the social and environmental committee of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, ACCA.

In January 2008 he was named by a special Guardian newspaper panel of prominent environmental figures as one of the 50 people who could save the planet from climatic disaster.



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