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Bristol Green Capital Partnership prepares for a positive future


The Bristol Green Capital Partnership will be building upon its considerable successes since 2007 with a refreshed approach and new business model from January 2016.

As the city transitions from its year as European Green Capital the Bristol Green Capital Partnership will take a leading role in ensuring that the activities of the year ‘do not stop here’.

The Partnership is now an established Community Interest Company and, from January 2016, will be underpinned by a core set of  partners including the two Universities, the City Council and some of the national and regional sustainability focussed enterprises and charities that have deep roots in Bristol.  The initial strategic partners include: Business West – Initiative, Sustrans, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Triodos Bank, Resource Futures, and Avon Wildlife Trust.

Ian Barrett: Sustrans

“Sustrans is excited to be working alongside the other key organisations in the city to secure the current achievements of the Partnership into the future. We recognise that this is a great way to support the wider membership and to ensure that everyone in Bristol that wants to see a more sustainable and equitable future is able to play their part.”

The new Board of Directors for the CIC will include senior representation from each of these organisations alongside two Directors elected from the wider Partnership membership. The elections will take place in early 2016. The Board will also identify an independent Chair to create a model that combines transparent accountability with a clear ability to work collaboratively at a leadership level.

Liz Zeidler: Chair of the Partnership

“This is an important moment for the Partnership as it transitions to a new business model and I am confident that the core support and leadership of our strategic partners will provide a sustainable and forward thinking approach to the way that we support the amazing work of our members. The Partnership exists to initiate and amplify the many projects, individuals and organisations across the city that are helping to make Bristol more sustainable and put it at the forefront globally of approaches to city change.  We believe this new structure will allow us to challenge, influence and support every sector and every level of power in the City to work more strategically and collaboratively for a better future.”

The Partnership of over 850 Bristol city region organisations is the largest of its kind in the world. The organisations range from the businesses and the public sector to charities and community based organisations all united by a powerful and simple pledge to make Bristol a ‘low carbon city with a high quality of life for all’.

The development represents a significant next step for the Partnership at both a local and global level. Locally, it provides a new platform for supporting the wide range of projects that take place across the city at street, neighbourhood and city scale.  These projects often emerge from and are supported by the Partnership’s specialist networks that cover everything from local food production and sustainable energy projects to activity in schools and community centres.

At a global level, the recent COP21 in Paris further emphasised the important role of cities in delivering low carbon targets. The Partnership attended the conference alongside other institutions to share its best practice model  with cities from many countries including South Africa, Europe, Australia and North America.

Gary Topp: Development Director for the Partnership

“The Bristol Green Capital Partnership is increasingly attracting international interest. It represents a new way of working on the future of cities by combining the work of many city players under one platform and this is now acknowledged as a vital approach to city development. It is only when a city combines the expertise of its world class academics with the motivation and creativity of its community organisations, and combines social enterprise with commercial models that complex issues can be addressed.” 

In the first two months of 2016, the Partnership will be launching the Good Transport Plan, convening two significant sessions on sustainable energy, and will continue to develop its ground breaking relationship with Crowdfunder UK under the ‘Better Bristol’ campaign.

Andrew Garrad: Chair Bristol 2015 Company

“It is well known that one of the reasons that Bristol became European Green Capital was the Partnership and the innovative and diverse activities of its member organisations.  We have directly supported its transformation throughout this year. Our joint goal was to provide a robust and enduring  structure. That structure will allow the Partnership both to continue its work, and to provide a framework within which the work that has started during 2015 can continue in a well-ordered and enthusiastic way. As we come to the end of the 2015 European Green Capital year I therefore very much welcome the transformed Partnership as an enduring successor organisation – our European Green Capital work doesn’t stop here!”  

Please note: the election process for Director positions has now been opened – self-nominations close on 22nd January 2016. Please find full details here.

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