Episode 4: Greening Cities – building resilience

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Episode summary

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

This episode talks more about sustainable cities – how we are navigating our changing climate, adapting to extreme weather events and reducing the impact of flooding, fires and heatwaves. Australian and international experts discuss how cities are transforming how they use resources and energy to reduce our collective environmental impact. 

Episode details

This episode was produced by the Greater Cities Commission, in partnership with The Business of Cities.

Podcast timeline

[00:00] Welcome and introduction.

[01:49] Cities, climate change, and the need to adapt.

[06:28] Stories of building city resilience.

[10:27] Carbon capture and storage.

[11:48] Restoring nature: the best carbon capture and storage system available.

[17:12] The importance of circular economies to reducing emissions and managing natural resources.

[23:45] Transitioning our economy to circular.

[29:16] Collaboration, cooperation and knowledge sharing.

[32:46] Conclusion and preview of future episodes. 

Guests in order of appearance
  • Professor Peter Newman, environmental scientist, author, and Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University (Australia)
  • Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer at the Green Building Council of Australia (Australia)
  • Lex Brans, Head of Housing and Special Projects in Greater Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Carolyn Grossman Meagher, Director of Economic Development and Regional Planning at the New York City Department of City Planning (USA)
  • Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director of the Global Resilient Cities Network (Singapore)
  • Dr Tim Moonen, Managing Director of The Business of Cities (United Kingdom)  
  • Hiroo Ichikawa, CEO of the Mori Memorial Foundation (Japan)
  • Øyvind Såtvedt, Managing Director of the Oslo Region Alliance (Norway)
  • Meg McDonald, Environment Commissioner of the Greater Cities Commission (Australia)
  • Craig Kerslake, Managing Director of Nguluway DesignInc (Australia)
  • Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom)
  • Greg Clark, Chair of Connected Places Catapult (England)
  • Margo Delafoulhouze, Cities Systems Lead at Climateworks Centre (Australia)
  • Anri Håvard Hebib, Business Policy Advisor at the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Norway). 
About the Greater Cities Commission

The Greater Cities Commission is driving Australia’s first global city region – the Six Cities Region in New South Wales.  Our role is to coordinate and align the planning that will shape the future of our region, accelerate the delivery of key innovation districts and lead discussion on major city-shaping issues.

About The Business of Cities

The Business of Cities is an urban intelligence firm that provides insights, strategy and benchmarking to over 100 global cities, companies and institutions, including more than 10 Australian cities and state governments. Over the last 15 years it has partnered and produced collaborative thought leadership on the future of cities and metropolises for organisations including the OECD, UN Habitat, UCLG, JLL, World Bank, ULI and Brookings Institution.

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