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Cooling the city masterclass

February 18

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The Cooling the City Masterclass is an innovative event with leading experts from across Australia, to discuss how we can improve Sydney’s built environment to reduce urban heat and improve liveability. Confirmed speakers include Josh Byrne (Josh Byrne & Associates, ABC Gardening Australia),  Dr Andy Marks (Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University), Beck Dawson (Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Sydney), Sean Kahn (Sustainability Advisor, Frasers Property Australia), Dr Sebastian Pfautsch (Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University), the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment, and CSIRO. We’re in discussions with even more presenters and hope to be announcing them shortly.

The event is open to all built environment professionals working right across Sydney, and we’ll explore the challenge of urban heat, the business case for action, leading case studies and how they can be adapted for Sydney’s climate, and the latest strategy and research guiding the future of this work. More speakers and event details will be announced shortly, as well as an expression of interest for exhibitors for our showcase component of the event. Please distribute the attached flyer to your networks and contacts. Anyone interested in staying up to date as more details are announced can email me on andrew.hewson@penrith.city.

Resident night time talk on sustainable architecture, 18 February, Penrith Library

In addition to the daytime event outlined above, we are also delivering a night time talk tailored to local residents on sustainable homes and climate adapted design. The presenters will include Josh Byrne talking about his personal 10 star NatHERS rated home, Mark Davis a Blue Mountains based architect who specialises in sustainable design principles, and Nevin Sweeney the President of Permaculture Sydney West and Penrith resident who has updated his home to make it more efficient. Broadly we wish to get residents excited and inspired about the potential of homes that are designed for our climate here in Western Sydney and are efficient, and give them practical and cost effective ideas and solutions that they can retrofit to an existing home.

These actions are being delivered as part of Council’s broader work to reduce urban heat in our region and create a more liveable and sustainable community. We’d greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide in letting people know about these events and helping create critical discussions across Sydney on the need for development better suited to our changing climate.