31 January 2013 — The biggest event on the green social calendar for 2013 is about to be with us again. Green Cities 2013 will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6-7 March and the line-up is looking good.

Keynote speakers include:

  •  Gunter Pauli, international keynote speaker, author and sustainable economics activist, on why a creative approach to economics and production is the future of our planet and our people. See our articles on Gunter Pauli.
  • Rob Bennett, international keynote speaker from the US and executive director of the  Portland Sustainability Institute, on how to go beyond the planning of sustainable communities and actually build them.
  • Daniel Grollo, chief executive officer of Grocon, on the role that the built environment can play in addressing many of the world’s most challenging problems. See our 2010 profile on Daniel Grollo
  • Cheryl Kernot, director of Social Business at the Centre for Social Impact, on the costs and value of a people-centred approach to the design and delivery of buildings, communities and cities.
  •  Eric Knight, economics consultant and Rhodes scholar, on how reframing our vision can reveal new solutions to the old challenge of creating cities where people thrive rather than just survive.
  • Lucy Turnbull, deputy chair of the Government Advisory Panel on Capital City Infrastructure, on how practical government actions can shape the sustainability, liveability and prosperity of existing and future communities in Australia.

The conference, co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and Property Council of Australia, will bring together sustainability specialists and innovators to share new ways of thinking, while interactive sessions will explore the tools, tactics and techniques required to build a sustainable future.

The Fifth Estate will be covering events as usual, and has also been invited to co-ordinate one of the session, featuring Grocon’s Daniel Grollo and Lend Lease’s Daniel Labbad, two of the more “interesting” property personalities as one observer quipped.  A third key speaker in this session awaits confirmation.

See the Green Cities program here.