A successful global transition to sustainable, low carbon economies depends increasingly on managing unprecedented urban growth: maximizing the economic benefits of urbanisation while minimizing environmental degradation and social inequalities. By 2050, 68% of the world’s population is projected to be urban. Beyond providing the infrastructure required to support resource-efficient cities, what is required from the public and private sectors to shift understanding of sustainability to a more holistic human-centred approach, with health, wellbeing and happiness at the core of urban development?

Although current practices and processes in urban areas often fail to comprehensively align sustainability targets with the wellbeing considerations of residents, workers and communities, the business case for embracing sustainability and wellbeing simultaneously has never been stronger. Meanwhile, in public health policy wellbeing considerations in the built environment is emerging as a prominent theme, responsible businesses are increasingly prioritising the physical and mental health of employees and new opportunities for cross-sector collaboration are emerging through opening up access to space and nature in urban areas.

This event will explore the numerous ways in which wellbeing and sustainability objectives are intertwined, and the implications for business purpose and practice in shaping life in cities and supporting a healthy and sustainable future.

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Event for: Directors/Heads of: Sustainability | Energy | Transport | Urban Development | CSR | Health | HR


  • Henry Pelly

    Senior Sustainability Consultant, Max Fordham LLP
  • Michaela Wright

    Head of Sustainability, HSBC UK
  • Nicky Philpott

    Director, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
  • Lina Liakou

    Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, 100 Resilient Cities
  • Alex Gilbert

    Senior Strategy Manager for Commercial Energy, TfL
  • Simon Brammer

    Head of Cities, Ashden
  • Isabella Murfin

    Director of Strategy and Impact, Earthwatch

Round Tables

  • Sustainable transport and active populations
    The interplay between environmental, economic and social sustainability is more evident than ever when it comes to our transport systems. Automotive transport is known for its contribution to sedentary lifestyles, air and noise pollution and the quality of the wider environment. Both the environmental and health benefits of providing adequate, accessible and affordable public transport are well documented. A number of public initiatives aim to make our cities safe and amenable for walking and cycling, but how can the private sector contribute to the goal of sustainable transport that improve health outcomes and help tackle inequalities in mobility and access? How can companies adapt their fleets, infrastructure and transportation policies? What sorts of technological, HR and supply chain solutions might help business to lead the way in promoting health and wellbeing through sustainable transport?
  • Low carbon solutions in the built environment
    The drive towards Net Zero in construction and buildings management can bring a multitude of health benefits to users of these spaces. For example, indoor air quality, noise pollution and heat insulation are all key considerations in carbon management as well as factors of direct impact on health outcomes. However, often these benefits aren't appropriately costed and quantified. What does a joined-up approach to health and energy solutions look like, and how is this reflected in a well-designed Net Zero strategy? What sort of targets can factor in user health, wellbeing and comfort when designing a sustainable building policy? And what sort of impact reporting will help further innovation and investment in this area?
  • Connecting nature and people in cities
    The health and wellbeing benefits of a direct connection with the natural world are well documented, as are the harms of alienation from it. However, as the number of all wildlife species in the UK continues to fall, it becomes ever more urgent for new and inherited urban developments to recognise not only the positive impacts that nature has on residents, workers and the wider public, but the ways in which collective community action could achieve these goals. What sorts of projects are successful in increasing biodiversity and wildlife regeneration whilst simultaneously encouraging people to pursue healthy, active lifestyles? How can businesses engage their employees and wider stakeholders to contribute to the natural ecosystems underpinning sustainable cities and what are the quantifiable benefits on productivity, wellbeing in the workplace and customer loyalty?
  • Unlocking finance for healthy, wealthy and wise populations
    Globally, we have an immense shortage of future-fit infrastructure to deal with unprecedented levels of urbanization, climate change and population growth. Financing this infrastructure is critical to economic and social development and to making the places in which we live and work more sustainable, smarter and better places to be for everyone. In the UK, public funds are currently insufficient to build the necessary housing and to retrofit existing housing stocks to meet the 2050 Net Zero targets, whilst housing supply, affordability and climate resilience are also key challenges. The private sector joins institutional investors, governments and financial institutions as important actors in leveraging the necessary funding. Many cities have made use of financial intermediaries, municipal bonds and local government pension schemes to finance sustainable development. What innovative financing models are in place to fund smaller and larger projects? Are there untapped levers which government could use to support these instruments? What do investors want to see to demonstrate the social and environmental impacts of sustainable infrastructure?
  • Workplace wellbeing-by-design
    As workplace wellbeing becomes an ever more important part of a corporate responsibility strategy, there are interesting opportunities to think creatively about office design. What sorts of built environment considerations – such as access to outdoor space and daylight, multi-purpose rooms, sites which encourage active lifestyles and workplaces that encourage healthy nutrition – support a company's wider corporate responsibility efforts? How can specific behavioural 'nudges', linked to physical space, encourage creativity, production and a sense of purpose in the workforce? How can the business case be conveyed effectively to senior stakeholders?
  • Accessibility in sustainable cities
    Inequity in access to infrastructure and public spaces create barriers to wellbeing and good health. An ageing population means that more people could be living with a disability, health condition or restricted mobility in the future. The onus is often placed on government and local authorities to lead the way through strategic leadership, public procurement, fiscal initiatives and other measures. But the private sector too has a key part to play in embracing the needs of those often excluded from both private and public spaces. How can businesses factor in the needs of the wider community when planning new infrastructure? What does best practice look like when thinking about using corporate premises for public benefit? Which emerging technologies and engagement techniques - from augmented reality to citizen science - could help encourage a revolution in the way that businesses leverage their spaces and facilities?
  • Just transition in liveable cities
    The just transition agenda is becoming increasingly entrenched in global policy on climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Public bodies, governments, trade unions and business voices alike have emphasised that public policy efforts to reduce carbon emissions must be coupled with the strategic engagement of workers and communities who will be affected the most. What would a just transition look like in terms of the health, wellbeing and liveability within these communities, and does this change the concepts of decent work and good jobs? How can business cooperate with others to take advantage of the opportunities which arise from the green economy and avoid the risks? How can public leaders build place-based citizen action for a just transition?
  • Addressing air quality through new technologies
    Air pollution has been labelled a public health emergency in both the UK and on a global scale, and the effects on health and environmental outcomes alike are self-evident. Although many cities have attempted a range of measures to improve air quality, public bodies and campaigners have continued to emphasise the need for more action from government. Urban planning and redesign, transport infrastructure and public lifestyle nudges are all recognised modes of improving air quality. How can new technologies, AI and smart data add a further layer of intelligence to these interventions?


  • 16:30
  • 17:00-17:50
    Opening talks
  • 17:50-18:45
    Roundtable discussions
  • 18:45-19:15
    Networking break
  • 19:15-20:30
    The Crowd LATES

Venue Details

Royal Institute of British Architects,
66 Portland Place,

Who's Attending

Organisation Job Title
600 Strategy Director
Action Sustainability Consultant
Airsensa Head of International Development
AkzoNobel Commercial Sustainability Manager
Arup Senior Engineer
B Team Analyst
Bank of England Head of CSR
Barclays CRES – Environmental Project Manager
Berkeley Group Head of Sustainable Places
BP target neutral Offer Development
BRE Director
Bridges Fund Management Sustainability Director
British Standards Institution Senior Standards Manager
Brunswick Partner
Burberry Responsibility Programme Manager
Canary Wharf Group Head of Sustainability
CISL Fellow
Connected Places Catapult Strategy and Innovation Lead
Costain Environmental Advisor
Crossrail Limited Environment Manager
CVC Consultant
Dentsu Aegis Network Social Impact Manager
E.ON New Market Manager
Earthwatch Senior Development Manager
Fawley Waterside Investment and Innovation Director
Freelance Consultant
Generation Investment Management Director
GK Strategy Associate Director
Global Harvester Holdings Director
Global Sustainability Institute Visiting Research Fellow
Greenaviation Lecturer
Groundwork London CLEVER Cities Programme Manager
Hammerson Sustainability Analyst
Hardwick Climate Business Limited Managing Partner
ICAX Ltd Director
IES Business Manager
Iguana Architects Director
Infracity Impact Fund Director
Interface Regional Sustainability Manager
International Maritime Organization Project Management Assistant
International WELL Building Institute Vice President
ISS Head of Energy and Sustainability
JCDecaux Head of Social Impact
JLL Associate Director
Kantar (Consulting Division) Head, Futures Practice Europe
Kin&Co Director
London Borough Of Newham Cabinet member for crime and community safety
Maanch Ltd CEO/ Founder
Mace Macro ltd QHSEW Performance Director
MLM Associates Ltd. Senior Consultant
Moorhouse Manager
Museum of Brands Development & Commercial Director
O2 Sustainability Project Manager
Orsted Risk Manager
Peabody Director Strategy and Programme, Thamesmead
RELX Community Manager
Royal Bank of Scotland Lead, Reputational Risk
Suseco Managing Director
Telford Homes Plc Sustainability Director
The Go-Ahead Group plc Group Head of Sustainability
The Social Innovation Partnership Director of Delivery and Impact
tp bennett Associate Director
Transport for London Smart Cities Commercial Development
UKGBC Sustainability Advisor
Unilever Sustainability Data Analyst
University of Cambridge Deputy Course Director, Interdisciplinary Design
WaterAid Senior Private Sector Advisor
Welldoing Limited Co-Founder
Willmott Dixon Sustainable Development Manager
Woodland Trust Head of Innovation
WSP Sustainability Consultant