Nottingham’s Green Partnership celebrates 30 years of working together

Nottingham’s Green Partnership celebrated reaching its 30th anniversary this month. Formed in 1992, the partnership has grown to include nearly 40 organisations from across Nottingham, ranging from large and small businesses to the public sector, the third sector and our universities.

The organisations that make up the Green Partnership are working together to tackle the city’s environmental challenges and to minimise its environmental impact. The partnership aims to encourage collaboration across the city to advance Nottingham’s green future and help the city towards its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028.

The 30th anniversary was marked with a special meeting held at Nottingham Trent University’s iconic Newton Building. 25 partners from across the city attended to celebrate the excellent progress that has been made and how Nottingham can go further to reach the city’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028.

At the event, the attendees heard about the amazing work on sustainability at Nottingham Trent University, the project to improve the Trent River catchment from the Environment Agency, and the first Nottingham Youth Climate Assembly which was held recently.

Across the city, vital work is being done by the partnership members to contribute to Nottingham’s carbon neutral ambition. For example, Nottingham Energy Partnership have supported the City Council to retrofit homes in the city with renewable energy technologies and insulation, to help residents to power and heat their homes for less.

Nottingham City Hospital is also making energy efficiency improvements to their buildings – replacing the coal-fired boilers which will save 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year.

The city work on climate action has been recognised globally, being named as one of the top 100 cities demonstrating climate leadership in the world by CDP. Both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are doing excellent work in sustainability and are recognised as among the best educational institutions globally for their sustainability credentials.

Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the members of Nottingham’s Green Partnership to make the city a greener, healthier and more resilient place. Tackling the climate crisis effectively requires us all to work together to learn from each other to find the best possible solutions and deliver real change for our city.

“Businesses and organisations across Nottingham have a large part to play in Nottingham’s ambition to become a carbon neutral city by 2028. I would like to encourage all businesses in the city to get involved and feel the benefits that climate action can bring.”

Richard Barlow, Chair of the City’s Green Partnership, said “I am delighted to celebrate this important anniversary of the Green Partnership which goes from strength to strength – but then it needs to, because the sustainability issues that we face are pressing and challenging – we are determined to tackle them together”. Organisations can request to join the Nottingham Green Partnership by emailing climatechange@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

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