The Mayor of Bristol, City Office and Bristol Green Capital Partnership have come together to establish a Bristol One City Environmental Sustainability Board (ES Board) and are seeking members to shape the city’s journey to the highest standards of environmental sustainability in the shortest possible time.
The Board’s work will form an integral part of the Bristol’s One City Plan ambition to create a ‘fair, heathy and sustainable city’ by 2050.
The One City Plan has a vision for each decade and goals which fall under six priority themes; Health and Wellbeing, Economy, Homes and Communities, Environment, Learning and Skills and Connectivity. The ES Board will work alongside economy, health and wellbeing, transport and learning boards to lead, support and advise on action to realise the ambitions of the One City Plan.
The ES Board will have a pivotal role in realising the One City Plan’s ambition for Bristol to be a carbon neutral city, with environmental equality, zero waste and healthy, ethical and sustainable local food practices and supply.
The Mayor invited Bristol Green Capital Partnership to create and facilitate the new ES Board. The Partnership has more than 850 member organisations from across sectors, and contributed its ‘Our Future’ vision to the development of the first iteration of the One City Plan.
An open ‘expressions of interest’ process to join the ES Board has opened, inviting organisations and individuals with the qualities, skills, experience and/or influence to enable changes on the scale needed to achieve the environmental sustainability aspects of the One City Plan.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “Bristol is fortunate to have a strong foundation of partnerships, networks and groups actively contributing to the city’s environmental sustainability. The One City Plan’s environmental ambitions for Bristol – including to be carbon neutral, zero waste and with environmental equality, creating a better quality of life for the next generation – are hugely challenging.
“So the Environmental Sustainability Board needs members with the capacity and influence to help lead and make systemic and radical changes where needed, and inspire others to take action.”
Mohammed Saddiq, Chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership said: “Bristol Green Capital Partnership is pleased to be creating and facilitating this new ‘One City’ Environmental Sustainability Board. It will play a key role to in delivering the Partnership’s vision of a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all, and our accelerating progress towards carbon neutrality in particular.
“There is a growing appreciation of the importance of environmental sustainability for progress on social and economic sustainability towards the One City Plan’s goals. The new boards will provide opportunities to make the most of positive interlinkages between different issues.
“We encourage people from business, other organisations and individuals across all of the city’s diverse communities who are keen to lead on addressing these challenges to apply to become members of the new Environmental Sustainability Board.”
Expressions of interest are being invited to the Bristol City Office from 2 May 2019 until 9am on 20 May 2019. Full details and information about how to apply are on the Bristol One City website.
With contributions from the city’s business, charitable and civil society, academic and public sectors, the One City Plan sets out ambitious targets for the future of Bristol, decade by decade, up to 2050.