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Bristol Green Capital Partnership hits landmark 1,000 members

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Bristol Green Capital Partnership has reached over 1,000 member organisations, a major milestone which demonstrates the widespread ambition to make Bristol a greener, fairer, more resilient city, and to do this by working together.

Thought to be the largest partnership of its kind in the world, the unique network brings together organisations of different sizes and sectors to tackle environmental challenges, from law firms and architects, to the universities and hospitals, community groups and charities.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership was founded in 2007, recognising the need for collective and collaborative working to affect long-term change and make the city a more sustainable place to live.

It grew from a small group of 12 founding members, with organisations recognising that creating a sustainable future for Bristol with a high quality of life for all required a collaborative, city-wide effort.

Commenting on the milestone, Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “The Bristol Green Capital Partnership is critical to enabling a whole city approach. By working together to balance the needs of the city we aim to deliver inclusive and sustainable growth to drive economic and social recovery. Achieving these aims requires collaboration and includes moving forward with our plans to tackle the joint threat of climate and ecological emergencies. This milestone demonstrates a collective will to achieve those goals. It’s a testament to the ambition and team spirit in Bristol that the network has gained such a large membership.”

Major achievements have included delivering high profile reports including the Peak Oil report (2009), Who Feeds Bristol (2011) the Good Transport Plan (2016) and Our Future: A Vision for a Sustainable Bristol (2019), playing a key role in the winning bid for the European Green Capital 2015 award, and working with Ujima Radio and University of Bristol to launch the Green and Black Ambassadors project.

The Partnership also has a long history of championing grassroots projects and promoting collaborative working through monthly green mingles, theme forums and gatherings on key city challenges and strategies.

Current priority projects include the expansion of the Black and Green Ambassadors project; helping coordinate Bristol’s bid to be a Gold Sustainable Food City; the Community Climate Action project, to empower local communities to tackle climate change in their communities; and an upcoming Climate Action Programme, to support organisations to reduce carbon emissions in their own operations.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership Chief Operating Officer, Lizzi Testani, commented: “We are living through a hugely challenging time, with the pandemic coming on top of the climate and ecological emergencies.

“This can only be tackled by working together as a city, identifying innovative and ambitious solutions. With over 1,000 change-making organisations in the Partnership, Bristol is well-placed to achieve its environmental goals and create a greener, more resilient, and fairer city for us all.

“We invite all organisations in the city to get involved: sign up to today and play your part in building a better future for Bristol”.

More information about the Partnership’s latest activities can be found in its recently published Annual Review 2019/20.

To find out more about the Partnership and become a member, visit www.bristolgreencapital.org, and follow @bgreencapital on Twitter.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership is supported by the following supporting members: Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol City Council, Bristol Water, Burges Salmon, Business West, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Jacobs, Resource Futures, Sustrans, Triodos Bank, University of Bristol, UWE Bristol, Unite the Union.

 

 

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