City spaces

Planet Pod goes Underground with Growing Underground’s Richard Ballard and Faye Tomson from District Eating

Something is stirring in the tunnels of South London and it isn’t the Northern Line!

Join Amanda and guest co-host Alex Gilbert as they chat deep below London with Richard Ballard, co-founder of Growing Underground and Faye Tomson, MD of Central Eating.  Hear how how disused WWII air raid shelter tunnels are being put to good use to grow salad crops organically, efficiently and unbelievably fast.  Find out more about how unused heat generated from district heating networks can be used to grow food.  These really are examples of Smart Food Production in action!

Our guests:

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Richard Ballard has started an agricultural revolution along with business partner Steven Dring in the form of Growing Underground. Located 100ft under the streets of London in disused WW2 Air Raid Shelter, this subterranean urban farm sustainably produces micro-greens using the latest LED technology. The duo are now delivering fresh hyper local produce to retailers and the London wholesale markets.

Sustainably feeding the city from within the city, Richard is obsessed by all things green tech and the future of cities.

Click on the following links to view the film he made which inspired Growing Underground – full length and animation only

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Faye Tomson is an Energy and Environmental Engineer with extensive experience working in the fields of district heating, low carbon heat infrastructure projects, and industrial resource efficiency. She has worked on some of the UKs most cutting-edge heat infrastructure projects, as well as with some large-scale industrial food and drink producers, advising on resource efficiency. Faye spent several years working for the UK Government Heat Network Development Unit.

Faye comes from a family of farmers and horticulturalists, so has a lifelong experience of food markets and production. It was this background combined with her previous work experience that led Faye to realise the opportunity for efficiency savings for all stakeholders that can be achieved when the gap between energy use and 
food production is bridged.
Faye is an alumni of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and as well as being commercially aware, she also has a desire to maximise the very real social benefits that can be achieved through urban and community farming.  

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Guest co-host for this episode:

Alex Gilbert is Senior Energy Strategy Manager at TfL as well as being Principal and Director of Clean Growth Ltd.  In his role with TfL he is curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL – London’s largest and most significant energy user.

HOT NEWS:  We are delighted that Planet Pod has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Be The Change Awards 2019.  See our short award entry video here.

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Planet Pod visits BedZed and talks One Planet Living with Bioregional’s Sue Riddlestone and Suzannah Gore

Amanda braves the snowy weather and visits BedZed – the pioneering low carbon housing and community development in Sutton – where she is joined in conversation by Sue Riddlestone, CEO Biogregional and Suzannah Gore, Project Manager, to talk about sustainable consumption and production, One Planet Living and the circular economy (as well as using soap instead of shampoo and the quiet revolution in garden centres at B&Q!)

 

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Sue Riddlestone co-founded Bioregional’s One Planet Living initiative in 2003 after Bioregional initiated and worked with others to create the BedZED eco-village in South London. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are also very close to her heart. After five years of work on the UN process to secure the SDGs – and being the official NGO global focal point for successful efforts to include the goal of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) – her work to implement the SDGs continues through the Transform Together network, which focuses on SCP, and other initiatives.

Suzannah Gore

Suzannah Gore manages projects that help businesses shift towards the circular economy and more sustainable consumption and production, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12. She has worked with home improvement company Kingfisher to develop criteria, guidance and roadmaps to improve the sustainability of its products. She also works with other companies including M&S, Nando’s and innocent on a range of projects covering sustainability data monitoring, supply chain research, sustainable procurement and developing tools to help implement circular economy principles.

 

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Planet Pod talks smart cities and EVs with Alex Gilbert, Celine Cluzel and Naomi Nye

Refreshed from our Christmas break, Planet Pod is brimming full of energy for 2019!  What better way to start than by talking to our guests Alex Gilbert, TfL’s Senior Energy Strategy Manger, low carbon energy consultant Element Energy’s Celine Cluzel and Naomi Nye, EV Sales Manager at Alfen, about the opportunities and challenges associated with sustainable transport and smart cities.  This is the first in a series of podcasts focusing on Global Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

 

Our guests:

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Alex Gilbert is Senior Energy Strategy Manager at TfL as well as being Principal and Director of Clean Growth Ltd.  In his role with TfL he is curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL; London’s largest and most significant energy user.

This includes, but is by no means limited to: renewables; energy efficiency; transport electrification (including EV charge-points); power and thermal storage; private wire electricity supply; waste heat from the Underground; low carbon housing and urban infrastructure; sustainable property solutions; and decentralised energy networks.

In Alex’s opinion TfL offers the single greatest opportunity to make substantive social & environmental improvements within London.  He asks that, if any Planet Pod listeners have a relevant solution for our Capital, please get in touch with him!

 

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Celine Cluzel is one of the directors at Element Energy, a consultancy focused on low carbon energy. She leads the transport practice in the London office, with work spanning from cycling freight, cars, trucks, buses and even battery trains; looking at electric, hydrogen and biofuels. She regularly works for the UK Department for Transport, major UK cities and the private sector.

 

Naomi Nye

Naomi Nye has been involved in the EV infrastructure in the UK for the last 5 years, previously working for a UK manufacturer of EV charge points, before moving to Alfen in March 2018. Naomi is EV Sales Manager UK at Alfen which supplies smart EV solutions via our range of distributors and partners.

 

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Planet Pod talks city spaces

 In this episode of Planet Pod, we are talking about city streets and green spaces: how do they co-exist in our increasingly urban life? Host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) talks with Meredith Whitten, researcher at the LSE; Harry Knibb, sustainability and wellbeing expert working with global consultancy WSP and Steve Kellett, Sustainability Manager for Argent, developer of Kings Cross Granary Square.