Dusty Gedge

Public Speaker, Green Infrastructure Professional, Wildlife Specialist

Hugely popular at sustainability conferences and events, Dusty regularly speaks on biodiversity, green roofs and green infrastructure. Amusing, challenging and intellectually robust, his talks celebrate activism, breaking out of the mould and always in praise of nature, common sense and a better future for our environment (natural and urban). His corporate coaching sessions are highly active and great fun.

Dusty has had a deep and active love of nature since he fell out of his baby chair aged two to chase a robin. A cracked skull did nothing to dull his appetite.

During his childhood and youth in Kent, he was actively involved in the Seabird Group and the Kent Ornithological Society. It wasn’t that he hung up his binoculars, he merely put them on reserve whilst he trained as a theatre performer and pursued a precarious life as an actor/street entertainer and circus performer.

In the mid 1990s he established off his own back a circus class for disadvantaged children in West Greenwich, London. When it was realised locally that he was a knowledgable ornithologist he began a 5 year study of Deptford Creek. The rest is history.

These days he spends most his time in disguise and undercover, wearing a grey or pinstriped suit. Jim Mcclelland, editor in chief of SUSTAIN magazines once referred to Dusty as a “…content terrorist…”

Current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB and founder of Livingroofs.org, Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer and consultant on green roofs and green infrastructure. He works with Gary Grant for the Green Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd.

He is also co-author with John Little of the Small-scale green roof guide that has help lots of small roofs sprout across the globe on sheds, garages and other small buildings.

Dusty has been a TV presenter on a number of programmes including Channel 4’s television series ‘Wild Thing – I love you’

He has been a birdwatcher since he fell out of his baby chair aged 2. His interest in birds, bugs and butterflies led to his green roof career. Although birds are his first love, he has a particular interest in invertebrates (especially on green roofs) and solitary bees.

There is nothing he likes better than posting reams of things on Twitter, Facebook (he runs a number of pages) and G+. – anything to do with the environment, nature and wildlife. He regularly gets asked to promote things on his social networks. If they are worthy, they are willingly shared.

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