Urban Regeneration, Energy Efficiency and Brownfield Renewal in Europe
Peter B. Meyer, Phd, President of The E.P. Systems Group, Inc,, recently returned from a series of assignments in Europe. He worked on projects supported by the European Union and the United Kingdom and spoke at an international confer3ence on contaminated land in Poland.
Dr. Meyer first spent 10 days working on innovative solutions to scarcity and other problems of an impoverished neighborhood in the Borough of Tower Hamlets in London, UK, The initiative was part of the Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) project, a trans-european initiative funded by the Humanities in European Research Area program of the EU. Working with a team of practitioners from Brazil, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, and Turkey he helped develop an initiative to broaden participation by women and other under-represented parties in identifying development needs in the heavily Bangladeshi neighborhood of Bromley-by-Bow.
He then participated in the 6th International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Revitalization of Degraded Areas, held in Ustron, Poland. He presented a paper to a predominantly Eastern European audience on “Generating Renewable Energy on Derelict Lands,” arguing that such efforts delivered to both the environmentalists’ dream and the economists’ policy prescriptions.
Finally, he moderated and served as a discussant at the presentation of the Final Report of the project on Suburban Neighborhood Adaptation for a Changing Climate, which he had also served as an adviser. The report, based on research in suburbs across the UK, was received by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government at a public meeting at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London.
The E.P. Systems Group, Inc., continues to develop and draw on examples of economically efficient and environmentally protective economic development in settings across the globe as part of its core mission of correcting the misperception of inherent conflict between economic and environmental objectives.