Sustainable Business Series: Sustainable Cities

Time: 09:30 - 11:00

Date: 25/10/2023

Division: GBCC

Venue: University College Birmingham

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Member Price: Free

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In 2019, Birmingham City Council declared a climate emergency and made a commitment to reduce the city’s carbon emissions and limit the climate crisis. The Council has set an ambitious target for 'the council and city to become net zero carbon by 2030, or as soon as possible thereafter as a just transition allows'. Creating a Sustainable city is pivotal for the ambitions of the region.

Indeed, in the United Nations World Cities Report 2022, it is outlined that achieving Net Zero is dependent on subnational and city level action. Greener futures can only be secured with a just transition; it is vital that businesses across the city understand their role in creating a greener and more environmentally friendly future.

Join this event to understand:

        • What a sustainable city could look like
        • How to ensure your organisation is part of the transition and does not get left behind
        • The importance of developing green skills


9:30am: Arrivals & Registration

10:00am: Event start 

11:00am: Event close


Jessica Wilkes-Ball, Senior Sustainability Manager, Mills & Reeve LLP

Jessica is is a cornerstone of the firm's ESG senior leadership team.

Her responsibilities include the development and delivery of a firmwide national environmental and sustainability strategy. This spans energy and water usage, waste management, travel and food, with the ultimate aims of reducing the environmental impact of the firm, and achieving its goal to be net-zero carbon in its operations.

Jessica has a wealth of experience in helping businesses focus on more than the bottom line and a long track record for delivering positive change in communities across the UK and beyond.

She sits on the West Midlands Board for Business in the Community and the Sustainability West Midlands External Advisory Committee. Jessica acts as the business representative for the Homeless TaskForce in the region, is an active member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and recently joined the Net Zero Protocol working group with The Law Society.

Further speakers to be confirmed.

Places are limited. To reserve your place and register today for this event, click the book now tab.

You can find other events as part of the Sustainable Business Series, by clicking here.

This event has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the Sustainable Business Series. The Sustainable Business Series is the GBCC’s flagship campaign on environmental sustainability aiming to share best practice, guidance and knowledge on the measures businesses can take, and commercial benefits of, progressing to net zero.

In 2023, the Series contains a series of events and webinars taking place throughout September and October, culminating with the Sustainable Business Series Conference in November. Additionally, throughout the campaign, the Chambers will be producing podcasts and publishing blog content.

The Sustainable Business Series 2023 is sponsored by University College Birmingham and LLoyds Bank thanks to who, all events and content as part of the Sustainable Business Series have been made free to delegates.

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