Bristol is a dynamic green, livable and exciting city with a lively floating harbor, an abundance of parks, charming Georgian neighborhoods, and colorful terraced houses. Last year, IMCL awarded Mayor Ferguson and Bristol Council the IMCL Lewis Mumford Award for their leadership in creating a Healthy Bristol for All łWorking to enhance streets for social life and celebration, for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit, and reducing the negative impacts of the car.˛
We have assembled a phenomenal program of invited speakers and panelists. The City is helping to organize walking, biking and boat tours for the first day; tours on the last day include a train and walking tour of the picturesque nearby Georgian city of Bath, and a bus and guided walking tour of the Duchy of Cornwalląs new neighborhood, Poundbury in Dorset.
At this conference, we examine the latest evidence linking health with the physical environment, and we examine creative strategies, tools and design solutions for Achieving Green, Healthy Cities. As always, this conference will be unique in its multi-disciplinary and international character. We already have representatives from 39 nations registered for the conference.
As keynote speaker Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH emphasizes: łWe need to rebuild our cities for purposes of energy savings, sustainability, and public health. At the same time, the cultural elements such as beauty and design, things that make life worth living, can be ignored only at the risk of inviting failureŠ The IMCL meetings show how to do this for cities worldwide.˛