The Reality Of Creating Low Carbon Communities – An HCA Academy Online Debate

What’s the reality of low carbon communities? You can have your say about the future of zero carbon development for two weeks from today. The Homes and Communities Agency Academy is hosting an open, on-line debate about creating low carbon communities, addressing issues like the carbon implications of the credit crunch and lessons from the international experience. Contributors include podcasts from high profile speakers such as David Lock and Paul King So now have your say….
Sustainability As If People Mattered
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Academy, for which I am a tutor, has existed only since 1 December 2008, when it arose from the previous Academy for Sustainable Communities; but already it is reaching out to engage people in debate about critically important issues.
The first of these open-access debates begins today, Friday 23 January 2009 (until 6 February), on the new HCAA Debate Place portal.
The question under discussion is how we can rise to the low carbon challenge?
The weblink to this national debate can be found here.
Creating low carbon communities
The HCA Academy will be asking:
What is the reality of creating low carbon communities and what can we learn from International experience?
The debate will be facilitated and you can post comments, ask questions and watch video clips on climate, connectivity and community issues.
The on-line discussion will probe issues such as:
– Will the Code for Sustainable Homes be affected by the credit crunch?
and
– How do we reduce the carbon footprint of new homes in the UK?
Low carbon case studies
The debate will be supported by a series of on-line films from high-profile speakers, including David Lock from David Lock Associates and Paul King, CEO of UK Green Building Council.
Research published by the HCA Academy which examines lessons learned from international case studies will provide further insight into the latest issues and skills implications of low carbon developments.
Continuing the debate
Following the debate, a short summary report will be published on-line.
‘Debate Place’ will also host links to resources such as the website Demystifying Climate Change, a resource designed to help practitioners navigate the low carbon debate and work out relevance for their own work.
We hope you can contribute to this high profile and important debate, and that you will encourage others to do the same. To join the debate please click here.
Read more about Sustainability As If People Mattered and about Carbon Neutral Villages.

Posted on January 23, 2009, in Regeneration, Renewal And Resilience, Sustainability As If People Mattered. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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