The newly formed Scottish Green Infrastructure Forum (SGIF) has announced details of this year’s conference as part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015.
The SGIF has evolved from the Scottish Green Roof Forum to reflect the organisation’s broader scope of work. The SGIF will build on the work of the Forum from promoting the inclusion of green roofs to encouraging the use of all green infrastructure in Scotland, with an emphasis on urban areas.
Green infrastructure is a term used to describe the green features that exist in the landscape, and can encompass anything from existing parks and greenspaces through to designed environmental features such as green roofs and street trees.
Green infrastructure brings environmental benefits, providing biodiversity refuges and connectivity across a landscape, in particular in urban environments, where it can help to mitigate against climate change. It is also widely recognised as important for physical and mental health and wellbeing.
SGIF focuses on urban and built green infrastructure, with particular emphasis on green roofs, green walls, green streets, rain-gardens, sustainable urban drainage systems and green networks. It is a group of organisations, businesses and individuals with an interest in promoting and encouraging the building of green infrastructure.
SGIF is hosting a conference on 6th and 7th October 2015 at Glasgow City Chambers, in conjunction with Glasgow City Council as part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015.
The conference seeks to bring together expertise from across a range of sectors, including engineers, ecologists, architects, landscape architects, planners, flood risk officers, the health care sector and hydrologists, to help develop a clear and broad understanding of the issues surrounding the various approaches and techniques available for green infrastructure in order for installations and interventions to be successful.
For further information about SGIF, please visit www.sgif.org.uk