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

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:
The council’s Sheffield is My Planet website can be found at: