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Innovation in Green Infrastructure


Hosts: LSx and UCL Engineering Exchange
Address: room 728 on the 7th floor, Institute of Education (IoE), , London, WC1H 0AL
Contact: Hannah,, Tel: 02072349400
Cost: Free
Places Available: Yes

Is there a challenge or problem you want to solve in your local area?

We are working with the UCL Engineering Exchange. to support people to develop ideas of how they could solve local challenges with natural solutions using green infrastructure. For example check out this mobile parklet or vertical rain garden in London Bridge.

We are pleased to invite you to join us in pioneering new ideas for Green Infrastructure, utilizing natural solutions to tackle urban challenges, from the Urban Heat Island Effect to Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Urban Drainage, access to green spaces or even air pollution.


If YOU have an idea you think could make a difference,

or a challenge you want to solve

and you want support to developing your ideas

please get in touch, we will be working with people over January and February, leading to an event at the end of February


Follow the link for more information on the UCL Engineering Exchange.


Please follow this link to tell us about your idea, or get in touch via email


Stuck for ideas, click here for help!!



Innovation in Green Infrastructure

Key Dates

We want to support your journey from idea conception to funding the right support to make your project happen.

  • Call for ideas open:   19/1/17

Please respond on this link or contact via email or phone regarding your proposed ideas

  • Idea development:    23/1/17 - 20/2/17

LSx are offering initial coaching to help shape your ideas prior to the event, and ensure we can get the right partners to the event to support you in your development

  • Final event:  Tuesday 28th February 2017

At the event you will be matched with academic or professional partners, and will have time to develop you idea before presenting with the chance to gain further support

18:00 - 21:00

Institute of Education (IoE), 

20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

  • Following the event

we will support one or two projects to finalise their project plans and take them from IDEAS to ACTION!




What's it about?

Green Infrastructure (open green space, parks, gardens, street trees, green roofs, green walls, rain gardens and ponds) have many potential benefits such as reducing water pollution, local flood risk, improving human health and well being as well as enhancing local biodiversity. There is also some evidence that green infrastructure can reduce the impact air pollution. However, there are still far to few examples of these ideas being put in to practice

Through this process you have the opportunity to working with researchers, engineers and community groups to develop real proposals for new projects. 




We want to explore the potential of Green Infrastructure for adaption and resilience in London, uncovering new ideas or testing existing ideas in new places.

We want to engage with community groups and local residents, linking them to academics, planners, policy makers and practitioners to see how we can work together to improve our local areas. Ideas developed may be practical or policy based.

Areas of focus could include:

  • Cooling; for example tackling the urban heat island effect through shading or planning
  • Flooding; for example looking at surface water run off or sustainable urban drainage
  • Health and Wellbeing; for example related to access to local green spaces
  • Biodiversity; for example planting stepping stones for flying pollinators
  • Planning; for example can we get developer to do more through the planning process?
  • Ecosystem Services; can this be a lever for policy engagement?
  • Light Pollution; can we develop green infrastructure to reduce this urban phenomena?

We have already had interest from academics and professionals who work in;

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Computer Science, Sensing and Crowd Sourcing
  • Modelling and monitoring of airflows and pollution
  • Environmental building services and engineering

BUT if your idea needs support from another area we may be able to find it so just get in touch!





We request you to contact us prior to the event to discuss your ideas, so we can support you in initial development and make sure we connect you to the right people

The final event will include short presentations, a community forum and challenge workshops. The evening has been designed purposefully to offer you the greatest opportunity to connect  with the right influential and knowledgeable people to take your idea forward. Support will be available for seed projects and new collaborations.

Please register your interest here

Contact Hannah Gardiner;, 0207 234 9402 for more information.

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