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Our City, Our Planet

Contributed by Alice Howse on 14.03.2016

An Article from Our City, Our Planet by Alice Howse 

On Tuesday 1st, Julie’s Bicycle ran an interactive event called Our City, Our Planet that addressed the art scene’s role in engaging with climate change and sustainability. It was a partnership event which also saw the official launch of Manchester Climate Lab 2016, a year of experiments to determine what really makes people engage with issues faced by climate change and furthermore, what inspires people to take action.

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A New Generation of Carbon Literacy at Manchester Metropolitan University

Contributed by Emma Charlotte Richards on 14.03.2016

An Article about Carbon Literacy by Emma Charlotte Richards

During the summer of 2012, as part of a programme of  ‘MMU Futures’ events, MMU was one of the first organisations to pilot the Carbon Literacy Project training for its students. Over 60 students received Carbon Literacy training and were the first officially certified students in Manchester.

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Sustainability emerges as a core theme in the shared vision for Manchester's future

Contributed by Steve Connor on 11.03.2016

Sustainable design, active travel and a low carbon economy all make it in as priorities for 'Our Manchester', the new ten year strategy for the city.

Launched by Sir Richard Leese at Manchester Central Library on Wednesday evening, the new strategy will guide priorities for the city up to 2025.

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University of Manchester begins the re-greening of its campus

Contributed by Steve Connor on 11.03.2016

With the help of landscape architects Planit-IE and as part of its City of Trees commitments, the University of Manchester is bringing new green spaces into its £1bn transformation.

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Fossil Free Greater Manchester

Contributed by Ishiko Yi-Shien Looi on 02.03.2016

An Article about Manchester Friends of the Earth Fossil Free Manchester Meeting by Ishiko Looi

Last Monday, I attended a group meeting held by the Fossil Free Greater Manchester group. They are a group of people from different age groups and career fields who were gathered together for a campaign that calls on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) to divest from coal, oil and gas companies and reinvest the money into positive alternatives, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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ECO Stars freight recognition scheme comes to Greater Manchester

Contributed by Matthew Roberts on 01.03.2016

Operators of vans, buses and coaches in Manchester will benefit from a free scheme aimed at reducing costs and boosting environmental performance.

ECO Stars is a free, voluntary scheme providing recognition and tailor-made support on reducing fuel costs and environmental best practice to operators.

The scheme rates vehicles and the operation of a fleet using a star award system to recognise and improve levels of environmental performance.

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Love on the Dale – Clean Up Feat over the Flood

Contributed by Emma Charlotte Richards 

An Article written by Emma Charlotte Richards about Love on the Dale – Clean Up Feat over the Flood

The Boxing Day Floods, which tore through much of Northern England in 2015, had a significant effect in the Greater Manchester region; 24 flood warnings were put in place at its peak. Notably the Mersey River Basin, extending into Salford, was a risk. The River Irwell rose well beyond its usual level, causing significant flooding in its locality.

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University of Manchester's Earth Week

Contributed by Ishiko Yi-Shien Looi on 23.02.2016

University of Manchester's Earth Week ran from 8th - 13th February

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Research meets Cycling - In the City and for the City

Contributed by Gabriele Schliwa on 22.02.2016

Gabi Schliwa (University of Manchester) and Graeme Sherriff (University of Salford, seecontributor profile) share insights from the 12th Cycling and Society Research Symposium held in Greater Manchester and reflect on what cycling research means, and could mean, for the region.

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Salford signs own climate change agreement

Contributed by Michael Hemingway on 11.02.2016

Move over world leaders – Salford has already signed its own climate change agreement!

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart has given his backing to two groups that are promoting community-owned green energy in the city to help save money and the planet.

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