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Councils x Climate Change: How Local Authorities Are Tackling Climate Change

How can local authorities use strategic design to develop a sustainable and meaningful response to climate change?

What to expect

More than 160 councils across the UK have declared a climate emergency, committing themselves to reducing the causes and impacts of climate change within their local authority and beyond. These aspirations are timely and valiant, but how can they be translated into effective policy and on-the-ground change?

This panel discussion, curated by Public Practice, will explore this question. Bringing together leading environmentalists, place-shapers, politicians and thinkers, the panel will discuss the strategies and proactive approaches to the crisis currently being trialled by local councils and look ahead to what should happen next.


  • Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive UK Green Building Council
  • Sunand Prasad, Senior Partner Penoyre & Prasad, and Mayors Design Advocate
  • Sarah Cary, Executive Director of Place London Borough of Enfield
  • Cllr Bridget Smith, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council

Booking information

Members: £5
Adult: £10
Student/concession: £5


Cllr Bridget Smith

Bridget is Leader of South Cambridgeshire Council and a Combined Authority board member. Under her leadership, South Cambridgeshire has taken on an ambitious environmental strategy. She has also authored two books, worked as a Hearing Therapist, primary teacher, music tutor and sports coach, and ran a successful community development charity.

Julie Hirigoyen

Julie is Chief Executive of UKGBC. In this role, she has focused on delivering lasting change within the industry by engaging with UKGBC members, regulators, and wider stakeholders. She sits on the Green Construction Board, the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel.

Sarah Cary

Sarah is the Executive Director for Place at Enfield Council. She is responsible for Enfield’s longer-term development plans including Meridian Water, which aims to bring 10,000 new homes and thousands of jobs to the borough. Sarah was previously at British Land, where she was Head of Sustainable Places.

Sunand Prasad

Sunand is Senior Partner at Penoyre & Prasad, a Mayor's Design Advocate and the former President of RIBA. He provides thought leadership on issues such as the circular economy, co-creation and valuing design and was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists for his work ‘greening the RIBA’.


Public Practice is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to improve the quality and equality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning.

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