Monday, 21 September 2009

Get Serious

Simon Bowens (FoE Regional Campaign Coordinator, Leeds) joined our September meeting to update us on the Get Serious Campaign. Simon told us about a new research document presenting case studies on ways other councils have invested in green schemes. You can download the document from www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/get_serious_finance_report.pdf

As the main aim of the Get Serious campaign is to get the council to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020  we decided to invite Andy Nolan, Head of Environmental Strategy at Sheffield City Council to our November meeting. It was a very useful meeting to hear about what the council was doing at the moment and what they would like to do in the future.

Some of the key points were:
  • Spending £200,000 for Greener schools.
  • New recycling service to be provided to all homes for plastic, glass, card and paper.
  • Looking at two possible anaerobic digestion sites in the city.
  • Looking at electric vehicles and renewable energy. They already have 2 electric smart cars.
  • More environmental publicity to start around the time of the Copenhagen climate summit.
For more details of the campaign see:
www.GetSeriousAboutCO2.com
The council’s Sheffield is My Planet website can be found at:
www.SheffieldIsMyPlanet.co.uk