Conference Autumn 2012

They Came. They Talked. They Acted.

Almost 100 people came along to the Heartlands High School in Wood Green (winner of ‘Best Green Design’ at this year’s Haringey Design Awards) on 6 October 2012 to hear from guest speakers and discuss some of the key actions we need to take forward as part of 40:20. With a focus on action, achievement and working together attendees heard from our 3 speakers:

Lunch and refreshments on the day was provided by The People’s Supermarket (external link); a cooperative based just outside the borough but with an ethos that was supported strongly on the day. All photos in the report (including this great snap) were taken by Green Lens Studio (external link).


The following report outlines the key discussions that took place during the breakout sessions and summarises the main feedback received:

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2011 Conference

At the start of summer 2011 we called on residents, community groups, charities, social enterprises and businesses in Haringey to come together to help develop a vision of 40:20 at the 40:20 conference. This one-day forum, supported by NEF, showcased local projects already tackling climate change in Haringey; and provided an arena to discuss what we can learn from them and how they may be replicated or expanded in the future as well as exploring new ideas for action.

We had a rallying introduction from Councillor Goldberg, heard from Muswell Hill Sustainability Group about their innovative 100 Homes Project and learned more about the inspiring Brent Green Zones project (sadly no longer running). A superb lunch was also provided by Haringey’s very own Food Cycle (external link).

We then invited attendees to break into groups to discuss the following topics:

  1. The impact of climate change
  2. Convincing “non greens”
  3. Involving local businesses in Haringey
  4. Social enterprise development
  5. The role of schools
  6. Community action hubs
  7. Creating a new vision for Tottenham Green

The write up of these sessions outlines the challenges the groups identified and suggestions for how to overcome them and a range of suggested actions.

Conference programme and write up

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