Inspiration, discussion & debate at our Dec 2016 Partnership Gathering
7th December 2016
Our December 2016 Partnership Gathering shared news and updates on future project plans from Bristol Green Capital Partnership, as well as stimulating a discussion on sustainability and the current regional planning proposals from the perspectives of our 5 themes: energy, food, nature, resources and transport.
Our recently appointed Independent Chair, Mohammed Saddiq, opened proceedings with reflections on global and national challenges facing sustainability and climate change, underlining the continued importance of an inclusive partnership approach and that of Bristol Green Capital Partnership in particular.
Looking to the year ahead and with an invitation to engage with the Partnership’s plans, Mohammed thanked all 800+ members of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, project partners and collaborators, the funding partners that make BGCP possible and the elected Directors whose support ensures a continuing link between the wider membership and the Community Interest Company.
Chief Executive Ian Townsend then shared some of the Partnership’s success stories from 2016 so far, and presented updates on our future activities and projects that we hope will enable, deliver and lead wider efforts to realise our shared vision of a ‘sustainable city with a high quality of life for all’.
You can download the presentation slides from the event here and we look forward to sharing more information and opportunities in 2017. If you are already a member, look out for communications from us, and if you don’t receive our e-mails already then get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up here.
If you are not already a member, why not considering pledging – signing up to work towards the shared vision – on behalf of your organisation? Learn more about membership here. As an individual and supporter of change towards a sustainable city, you can still sign up for our regular newsletter to keep up to date, as well as following our Twitter and Facebook page.
Jim Longhurst from the University of the West of England (and a Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership) and Chris Willmore from the University of Bristol took to the stage to share stories and celebrate the impact of student engagement with the sustainability community over the last two years – an achievement recently recognised by the national Green Gown Awards. But what next? Bristol Green Capital Partnership is working with both universities to engage members of the partnership to make connections in 2017 via Skills Bridge – a service that supports sustainability-led projects, ideas and organisations to make connections with the skills and expertise of students in the city. The final challenge from our presenters was how to mobilise students’ creativity and energy to help transform our city?
Green & Black Ambassadors
We heard from our Ujima Radio project partners Roger Griffith and Julz Davis about the Green and Black Ambassadors pilot initiative, and Zakiya Mckenzie and Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, our Green & Black Ambassadors who shared plans for their upcoming ‘Photovoice’ and ‘Tea with the Elders’ research projects and a ‘Mind The Gap’ series of events and conversations in March 2017. View the presentation here.
Watch this space for more information as this exciting pilot initiative develops, and tune in to the radio show on the last Tuesday of every month 12 – 2pm on Ujima 98FM. If you miss the live broadcast, all shows will be available to listen again on Soundcloud. Jazz and Zakiya also urged people to get in touch with them via Twitter at @UJIMAgreenblack. For more information about the project, go to visit www.bristolgreencapital.org/greenandblackambassadors
Urban ID Project
The Urban ID research project team were in attendance – asking research questions and signing up expert stakeholders for future focus groups. Urban ID is a universities-led project to understand the challenges facing the Bristol urban area and the barriers to overcoming them.
Crowdfunding a Better Bristol
We were also delighted to host stands at the gathering from two Bristol organisations running current crowdfunding campaigns. Sims Hill Share Harvest, a Community Supported Agriculture Project (CSA), need help to carry on providing local food, learning and community… and you can help them to crowdfund a tractor! VoyageVert is seeking to operate a pilot project of passenger sailing ferries over the next two years in order to provide an ecologically sustainable, trans-oceanic, worldwide ferry network.
We apologise that due to technical difficulties this video recording has poor sound quality. We are pleased to be able to share Session 1 via video, but unfortunately the audio for Session 2 is inaudible therefore unavailable for sharing. Look out for a written summary online, and follow the conversation on Twitter via our Storify.
Regional planning proposals: A sustainable city-region with a high quality of life for all?
Zoe Willcox, representing the West of England consultation team, presented an overview of the consultation process and the headlines for areas for residential and commercial development and the transport package to accompany them. Our panel of Partnership member experts then offered insights from business, energy, food, nature, resources and transport perspectives, highlighting that some of these are under-represented in the current plans.
Ably chaired by Andrew Kelly from Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol’s Festival of Ideas, a debate among the panel members was encouraged before opening the floor to over half an hour of questions, where members raised a range of issues including air quality, the need to preserve good quality agricultural land, ensuring new build is of high quality and truly sustainable, avoiding building in large-scale commuting movements, the scale and ambition of the transport package and more innovative approaches that could be considered.
You can read the highlights and key points raised here and you can follow the debate in our Storify compilation below (or see it on Storify). We’d intended to upload a video of the event, but this didn’t quite work out.
We urge individuals and organisations in the region to take part in this consultation by Monday 19 December. The process it at a critical stage where your input is likely to have the greatest impact. You can find links and resources to help you make a submission in our recent blog.