A presentation at Water & Environment 2011: CIWEM’s Annual Conference will set out to prove that there are four simple principles to be adhered to in planning and development, and that without them there is a risk of failure.

With experience on the design of key sustainable city projects such as Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and Tianjin Ecocity in China, Paul Lengthorn from Mott MacDonald will discuss the formulation of these rules during his paper ‘Four Golden Rules for a Sustainable City’.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Adopt a clear set of “stretch targets” - and stick to them.
  1. Design the city to draw benefit from the local climate and location: use local resources of energy and materials but also avoid creating an urban environment that is too different from its surroundings.
  1. Allow the city to grow until it can achieve equilibrium with the economic and natural environment: too small, and the city lacks the capacity to maintain its systems; too large and it demands resources from too far afield, or the local environment cannot absorb its impacts.
  1. Accept the need for behavioural change: step changes in sustainable development cannot be driven just by better technology or engineering.

Water & Environment 2011: CIWEM’s Annual Conference will focus on the Big Society and aims to provide a comprehensive response to the Government’s Programme.  The event takes place on 6th and 7th April 2011 and will include a mix of keynote speakers, offered papers, exhibitions and networking opportunities that will make this the key event for water and environment professionals.

Richard Benyon MP, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries Dr Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of RSPB, and The Rt. Reverend Dr James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool are just two of the confirmed keynote speakers to give their response to the Government’s programme. For more information, go to

Source: The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

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