Posted on 21/11/2012
L. Preston Byrant Jr, Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) in Washington DC, gave the third Royal Holloway Annual Sustainability Lecture on 13 November 2012. Drawing on the cases of Washington and London, he stressed the importance of urban areas in addressing global sustainability issues, particularly with regard to greenhouse gas emissions. Both London and Washington have developed key policies in sectors such as public transport, recycling and water which push forward the environmental agenda. Mr Bryant Jr. focused the latter part of his lecture on the plans for the SW Ecodistrict in Washington. This ambitious plan perfectly exemplifies the challenges of creating environmentally-sustainable, economically-viable and liveable neighbourhoods in major urban areas.
The lecture was co-organised by the Politics, Development and Sustainabilty (PDS) group in the Geography Department and the Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS). The theme of Mr Bryant Jr's lecture resonated with research conducted by many members of PDS and CRIS, as well as students taking the MSc in Sustainability and Management which is taught jointly by the School of Management and the Department of Geography, and the Geography Department's MSc in Practising Sustainable Development.
For further details on the lecture please see this report.