Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Leeds organisations gear up for Climate Week

A partnership that employs over 60,400 people, supports over 107,000 students and represents around 3,700 businesses and community groups in Leeds is gearing up to show people what they can do to tackle climate change.

The 19 organisations and representative groups that make up the Leeds Climate Change Partnership have been making preparations for the second national Climate Week. Members of the partnership will be demonstrating what they do to reduce their impact on the environment as they go about their normal activities from 12 to 18 March in a bid to inspire others.

Each member of the partnership is working to turn the vision of a clean, green Leeds in 2050 into a reality today. They are also aiming to cut the city’s emissions by 40% by 2020.

Partners will be tweeting about their activities and Climate Week events using #leedsclimateweek.

Councillor Mark Dobson, chair of the Leeds Climate Change Partnership said:

“Adapting to the effects of climate change isn’t just good for the environment. It presents us with massive opportunities to create jobs and save money as organisations and individuals.

“If we as a partnership can show the benefits we gain from reducing our emissions, it will hopefully encourage others to follow suit. Each organisation will be promoting Climate Week in its own unique way, but all are working towards Leeds’ low carbon future.”

Leeds City Council will be holding a big switch off event to highlight where energy savings can be made in council offices while staff will be updated daily on ways to reduce their emissions at home and at work. Fifteen schools will be taking part too, with activities ranging from investigating renewable energy, monitoring energy use and recycling and green assemblies.

Students at Leeds Metropolitan University will be auditing the impacts of the goods and services that the university buys.

BTCV will be proudly displaying information about their new wood pellet boiler at their Hollybush site while Connect Housing will be showing their support with activities for staff and a climate quiz for tenants.

The University of Leeds will be highlighting individual research that’s having an impact on sustainability. Staff and students will enjoy bike powered music at a pop up cafĂ© where they can discuss their vision for a sustainable university. Leeds University Union will also be hosting a marketplace event for local producers and community groups.

Groundwork are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year so staff from the Leeds office have a range of events planned through the Leeds Environment Forum.

The Environment Agency will be holding events for staff and looking at their own environmental management.

Anyone interested in cutting their emissions at home or work can find a wealth of information and tips at www.leedsinitiative.org/environment.

They can also show their commitment to tackling their own environmental impact by taking the Leeds Climate Pledge.

Notes to editors:

The Leeds Climate Change Partnership is made up of representatives from:

ARUP
CO2Sense
Environment Agency
Environment Forum
Federation of Small Business
Friends of the Earth
Groundwork Leeds
Institute of Directors
Leeds City College
Leeds City Council
Leeds Housing Forum
Leeds Initiative
Leeds Metropolitan University
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Leeds York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Local Government Yorkshire and Humber
Metro
NHS Leeds
University of Leeds

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


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