Glasgow is a city in transformation. While its legacy as a post-industrial city presents unique challenges, the city has made considerable strides and is now an exemplar of sustainability in Europe. A healthier environment for its citizens, a vibrant arts community, and a diversifying economy continue to contribute to Glasgow’s growing resilience to shocks and stresses.

Resilience Challenges

  • Coastal Flooding
  • Rainfall Flooding

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Alastair Brown is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Glasgow and the Head of Sustainability at the City Council. His role at the City Council includes management of the successful Sustainable Glasgow programme. Sustainable Glasgow is a public-private partnership led by the Council Leader, Cllr Gordon Matheson, which provides vision and strategy on a number of key sustainable workstreams for Glasgow. These include energy planning, sustainable transport, the greening of Glasgow, and developing the green jobs market and skills training.

Alastair has worked with the City Council since 1993, having previously worked in the health community field in the east end of the City. Recently, Alastair has been involved in directing the Future Cities programme in Glasgow. This is at the forefront of the use of smart technology to advance modern cities in areas such as transport, travel, and energy and opens data to business and the public. The programme situates Glasgow as a global player in this emerging agenda.

Alastair was educated at Strathclyde University in Environmental Health in the early 1990s and completed a Masters in Public Health at Glasgow University in 1997. He is a former President of the environmental charity, Environmental Protection Scotland.

Snapshot of Glasgow

  • 592,820

    Population as of 2011

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