The ‘Bristol Method’ was the learning sharing element of European Green Capital 2015. It was created by Bristol 2015 Ltd. as a way of sharing learnings from Bristol’s journey towards becoming a more environmentally sustainable city, not just in 2015 but over the previous decade.
The Bristol Method offers a series of reports to help those in other cities across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. These reports featured many Bristol Green Capital Partnership member organisations and projects, and we have offered to host the 2015 Bristol Method reports and committed to publish new ‘Bristol Method+’ reports to share new learnings since then.
This new Bristol method+ report was published in July 2018, produced by the University of Bristol Cabot Institute with Bristol Green Capital Partnership drawing on inputs from members of the Bristol SDG Alliance . This looks at the SDGs’ relevance to Bristol, the origins of action in the city, how different actors have engaged and how Bristol is driving the SDG agenda, including the Bristol SDG Alliance and its successes to date. It also offers key learnings for others, and finally considers some possible futures of the SDGs in the city, drawing on Alliance members’ views.
Transforming the city
These modules will help you think about how to set a vision for the future of your city, unlock funding to achieve it, and then measure success.
- How to use partnerships to drive change
- How to create a vision for the city’s future
- How to measure the sustainability of a city
- How to use grants to support grassroots change
- How to create cities that are good for people and the planet
- How to create more resilient cities
European Green Capital
Learn more about how Bristol won the bid and chose to celebrate a year in the spotlight.
Find out how Bristol is promoting the green economy, championing a local currency and getting small businesses involved in sustainability.
- How to grow the green economy in a city
- How to engage small businesses
- How to set up a local currency
- How to engage and empower young people
- How to make corporate volunteering work
Bristol City Council is pioneering projects to generate renewable energy, insulate people’s homes and set up a municipal energy company.
- How to use heat networks to lower carbon footprint of a city
- How to cut the carbon footprint of a city’s housing stock
- How to promote renewable energy generation
Here you’ll find modules on how to get people to walk, cycle and use public transport more often, as well as information about how to reduce traffic and make cities more ‘liveable’.
- How to get more people riding bikes and walking
- How to increase public transport use
- How to create liveable communities
- How to reduce traffic and its impacts
This section contains information about promoting reuse and reducing food waste, increasing recycling rates and putting on sustainable events.
- How to encourage re-use of unwanted items
- How to tackle food waste in cities
- How to make events more sustainable
- Small Events
- Outdoor Events & Festivals
- Indoor Events
Food and nature
These modules will help you understand how Bristol has protected green spaces and worked hard to be a more sustainable food city.
- How to protect and enhance green spaces in the city
- How to become a more sustainable food city
- How to encourage food production in the city
- The power of student sustainability engagement
- How to use art to inspire change
- How to bring sustainability to life in the classroom