One of the arguments of local authorities against green infrastructure, in spite of all the benefits, is cost. The maintenance of trees and other vegetation in an urban context is perceived to be expensive. And the benefits, such as better air quality, increased physical activity of inhabitants, or better livability, are difficult to quantify in monetary terms.
The Business Model that is being developed as part of our project, aims to provide local governments with a tool to compare the arguments for green infrastructure in a comprehensive way. The Business Model helps to make the business case for investing in Green Infrastructure (GI) projects, over more traditional, grey solutions.
Coming June 30th we invite you to attend our Nature Smart Cities webinar "Using a new Business Model to Value Future Green Infrastructure Projects". During the webinar, we will explain how the Business Model works and how local governments and city councils can use the Business Model when planning infrastructure and renovation projects. Join the webinar to find out how the Business Model has been used to assign quantifiable and economic values to five of our innovative Green Infrastructure projects across Europe.
Date: 30th June 2021
Time: 08:30 – 11:30 BST | 09:30 – 12:30 CEST
Introduction to the Nature Smart Cities Project
Anna Oxenham, Southend on Sea Borough Council and NSCiti2S Project Lead
The NSCiti2s Business Model
Wito van Oijstaeijen, University of Antwerp
Application of the Business Model to five GI projects
A series of presentations that will both showcase five of the seven GI projects and how the NSCiti2S Business Model has been used to assign a range of values to them.
For a more detailed program and registration, please visit our events page.