Nottingham Green Partnership is developing an action plan to promote the opportunities that Nottingham has to remain at the forefront of sustainable development.
The Sustainable Development Action Plan will cover five themes – water, biodiversity, energy, transport and waste and will set out a range of ideas to encourage and inspire sustainable practices for citizens, businesses and the non-profit sector.
The partnership is asking for city residents to contribute towards the development of the action plan by taking part in an online survey that has been launched this month. The feedback will be used to ensure that the plan supports the actions people are already taking and prioritises what is important to the people who live in the city.
The survey can be found at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/sustainability
All respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to see CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: VAREKAI at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Friday 10th March (evening show). The competition closes on 28 February 2017.
The Sustainable Development Action Plan will build on a range of green successes for Nottingham. The city has the first council owned energy company to tackle fuel poverty, the UK’s largest low carbon district heat network and Europe’s largest electric bus fleet. There are two world leading universities for sustainability research and a growing low carbon industry. Nottingham has lots of green spaces including 29 green flag parks for people and wildlife to enjoy and a great number of innovative environmental charities.
Richard Barlow Chair of the City’s Green Partnership said “We want everyone to contribute to, and be involved in, the Sustainable Development Action Plan. Please let us know your thoughts and hopes for a greener, more sustainable city. Let’s all join forces to realise these ambitions.”
Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, said: “Sustainable development is about improving quality of life through environmental protection, enhancing well-being and economic growth.
“The terms being ‘green’ or environmentally friendly are often used when talking about sustainability, and while sustainability certainly needs environmentally friendly actions, it is also about making the city an attractive place to live, study and to do business. I would encourage all citizens to have their say on Nottingham’s green future.”
Andy Nolan, Director of Estates (Sustainability) at Nottingham University said “The University is committed to maximising its positive impact on the city, socially, economically and environmentally – both in terms of our teaching, research and how we deliver services for our students, staff and the local community. We’re delighted to support the development of this strategy with our partners in the city.
Steve Denton, Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are proud to support the Green Partnership and the new Action Plan as it is vital our community continues to protect and enhance our environment. A greater sustainable Nottingham will also mean our city continues to be a vibrant, beautiful place to live, work and study.”
Nottingham Green Partnership is made up of a wide range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors that are working together to reduce the city’s environmental impact. www.onenottingham.org.uk
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