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Potluck session 1B

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Three inspiring stories on resource consumption and infrastructure. Travel with us around the world to get inspired by private sector, academic and NGO contributors sharing how they are creating low-carbon, climate resilient cities. Potluck sessions include 3 presentations on diverse topics, followed by opportunities to ask questions.
Presentations: 1. Presentation: Developing a database of innovative infrastructure projects & identifying future trends for civil engineering We have established a Champion Search group to develop a database of innovative infrastructure projects in order to identify and highlight exemplary initiatives. Development is ongoing and we plan to launch the Innovative Projects Database in September, alongside an abstract detailing the characteristics of an innovative project and champion. Additionally, we have been exploring key future trends that will shape the civil engineering profession and identifying the ways that practitioners need to adapt to address climate-related challenges at a systems level. In this collaborative masterclass, we will highlight our methodology for developing this database and demonstrate the benefits of this project for encouraging future innovation. We will also show our approach to identifying key future trends and demonstrate how these trends are relevant at an organisational and systems level.**2. Presentation: Urban Ocean and CAP: Building Clean& Healthy Cities for Clean& Healthy Seas using the Circularity Assessment Protocol ** Urban Ocean is a cooperative partnership among The Circulate Initiative, Ocean Conservancy, and Resilient Cities Network that works with city leaders to bring new ideas, partners, and resources together to solve interrelated problems around waste management. It aims to demonstrate how actions to improve waste management and recycling can provide holistic, resilient, and sustainable solutions that not only reduce ocean plastic pollution but also address key city priorities such as improving public health, promoting innovation, supporting economic development and job growth, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through a capacity building and accelerator program for cities. As part of Urban Ocean, the Circularity Informatics Lab at the University of Georgia conducted a Circularity Assessment Protocol (CAP) in each of the cities of the first cohort. CAP is a standardized assessment tool to inform decision-makers by collaborating at the community level to collect data on plastic usage and management. CAP results provide baseline data for Resilient Cities Network’s Opportunity Assessment Tool, which represents Stage 2 of Urban Ocean. This comprehensive Gap Assessment allows cities to map challenges, risks, and vulnerabilities within their critical waste management systems. The data gathered from CAP contributes to the development of proposal(s) for interventions by the cities that will be presented at an Accelerator Summit for review and support. This panel session will present CAP findings from the first five Urban Ocean cities: Can Tho, Vietnam; Melaka, Malaysia; Panama City, Panama; Pune, India; and Semarang, Indonesia. This includes comparative data across the cities related to formal and informal waste management, product use and availability, consumer perspectives, waste leakage, and opportunities to build circular economy practices. The panel will consist of researchers from UGA, partners from Urban Ocean, and local city representatives. The intention for this panel is to highlight the importance of using data to drive policy and investment and how CAP provides a baseline of reliable data for decision makers and potential investors. This event will act as a platform to promote data-driven decision making, collaborative partnerships, and invite those interested to reach out about opportunities for engagement.3. Presentation: Towards Zero Waste- A People-Centred Waste Management Initiative in Thiruvananthapuram City International agreements have highlighted the importance of cities in maintaining global temperature under 1.5 degree celsius. But, with urbanisation and population spiking in cities, one of its major concerns is related to the mounts of unmanaged waste, a pivotal source of GHG, and India is a best example to highlight the crises. The session on ‘towards zero waste’ delves on practices adopted by stakeholders in a city in India (Thiruvananthapuram) to manage waste accumulation, and its effect on different actors and environment within the region. Thiruvananthapuram city’s waste management practice elucidates the implications of progressive interpretation of policy by the local urban body to ‘fit the purpose’ of the city. Thereby, it assists in reducing lacunae between national policy and local implementation through a people centre approach for climate action. The session aims to address the knowledge gap related to sustainable consumption and production. It tries to explain factors influencing Thiruvananthapuram’s waste management in 1) being a catalyst towards social change for better human and environmental well-being, 2) cleaner production through Thanal’s studies on plastic litter and/or brand audit studies. The data disseminated through the presentation will assist data collation from local level for evaluating climate action accurately and which will help devise better strategies to tackle climate change.