The challenges facing UK city region metro mayors include solving the housing crisis, cleaning up polluted air, creating jobs and economic prosperity and providing improved quality of life for their residents. With limited terms of office, they need to demonstrate progress fast.  

Sustainable approaches to tackling these challenges have a raft of wider, lasting benefits for city regions. If better articulated, they can be more firmly woven in to the case for action, aligning low carbon efforts with the priorities of decision makers. This also facilitates access to less obvious funding streams. But how best to achieve this?  

This one-day event took an innovative approach to identifying and exploring the wider benefits of low carbon approaches, using composite characters based on real people in Birmingham and their lived experience.  

The day was led by award winning playwright Sarah Woods. It had a lot to offer participants who wanted to explore the cross overs in their work and its benefits. Attendees included representatives of the West Midlands Combined Authority, local authorities, NHS, Ashden winners, community groups, local businesses and national policy organisations. 

This was an invitation only event.

This event has already happened. If you would like to learn more you can read about our liveable cities programme here or get in touch with Faye.Scott@ashden.org.