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USA Annual Symposium. Theme: A Blueprint For A Green City
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“40% of Kampala’s population lives in informal settlements predominately developed near wetlands throughout the city, without basic infrastructure such as water services, storm drainage, sewage treatment and solid waste collection”. A “Green city development” is a holistic approach to creating an ecosystem for living and work spaces that preserves our resources, and ensures that future populations will also enjoy the same benefits.
A “green” development for human settlements involves minimizing operational and embodied energy, building climate change resilience, reducing GHG emissions, considering material Lifecycle, ethical sourcing of materials, saving Water, preserving ecology, improving biodiversity etc.
A green city should also take into account the needs of communities and societal benefits such as equity & accessibility (gender and disabilities), health and wellbeing and socio-economic opportunity. A green agenda furthermore calls for quality assurance, monitoring of actual performance, the right information, and use of strategies to benchmarking and audit performance of infrastructure and installations.
While some of our neighbors, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia are already making strides towards institutionalizing policy, certification and rewarding ‘green’ projects, Uganda is lagging behind. However there have been some steps towards growing awareness amongst stakeholders and a few agencies have started ‘green’ programs. National Planning Authority with support from UNDP last year launched the “Green Growth Agenda” with a focus on mass transit, urbanization, renewable energy, natural resource management, and agriculture.
Kampala launched the Kampala Green Industry Campaign in 2016, and has been working on a Climate adaptation strategy. Also global bodies such as the World Bank are weighing in the local situation and are pushing for connection between urban environmental issues and the advancement of more sustainable growth.
This Year’s symposium will focus on relating “green growth” to the buildings architects are developing in the city.
SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
Arch. Dr. Luyanda Mpawla
Vice President South African Institute of Architects, Director Design Space Africa, Honorary Doctorate in Science & Technology.
Dr. Eng. Moses Kizza Musaazi
Director, Technology for Tomorrow Africa Ltd
Dr. Abel Katahoire
Engineer, Director, Multi-Konsults Ltd
Ms. Amanda Ngabirano
Urban and Regional Planner, Urban Planning Lecturer, Makerere University, Managing Director, Goudappel Africa Ltd
Corporate Members – 50,000/=
Visiting Members – 50,000/=
Graduate Members – 30,000/=
Technician Members – 30,000/=
Student Members – 20,000/=
Non-members – 120,000/=