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02 Jul 2019

Environment

Environmental Sustainability Board unveiled

Eighteen members have been appointed to the new Bristol ‘One City’ Environmental Sustainability Board.

This marks an important milestone in realising Bristol’s ambition to be a fair, healthy and sustainable city by 2050. It also reflects the commitment to making the city carbon neutral, with Bristol City Council achieving its carbon reduction target two years early.

The Board was established by the City Office to help accelerate the city’s progress towards environmental sustainability. It will be supported by Bristol Green Capital Partnership and the City Office.

More than 70 people responded to an open ‘expressions of interest’ process in May inviting businesses, other organisations and individuals with the qualities, skills, experience or influence to lead and promote change on the scale needed to achieve the environmental sustainability aspects of the One City Plan.

The applications were reviewed by a selection panel made up of a senior representative from Bristol City Council, a Bristol Green Capital Partnership director and an academic specialising in environmental equality issues from one of the city’s universities.

To enable the new Board to maximise its potential, a further three places have been reserved to ensure greater representation from Bristol’s diverse communities. These places will be filled as a priority through targeted processes and community engagement work and supported by the Operations and Engagement Managers in the City Office.

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “It is incredible to see so much willingness to support this new Board and the wider environmental agenda of our One City Plan. It reflects our ambition of progressing towards environmental sustainability and our commitment to making Bristol carbon neutral. I commend the great work of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership who led on setting this up with the City Office and I look forward to welcoming the new members to the first meeting in July.”

Mohammed Saddiq, Chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, said: “We were really encouraged to have so many individuals, representatives of businesses and other organisations from different sectors come forward to volunteer their time and energy. Their collective and varied experience will help drive action and deliver on the goals set out in the One City Plan and the Partnership’s Our Future vision.

“The Board’s members – with the additional places for Bristol’s diverse communities – will have the skills and experience to ensure the new Board leads and supports the delivery of One City Plan outcomes, including realising Bristol’s environmental sustainability ambitions, including to be a carbon neutral city, environmental equality, zero waste and healthy, ethical and sustainable local food practices and supply.”

The Board is just one way to engage with the environmental aspects of the One City Plan. Businesses and other organisations that would like to become more involved can sign up for City Office updates and join Bristol Green Capital Partnership. Individuals that are interested can also sign up for email updates from both organisations; go to www.bristolgreencapital.org for more information.

The Environmental Sustainability Board is one of six One City boards which will drive and lead delivery on the goals set out in the One City Plan. Further information can be found in the One City Plan available at www.bristolonecity.com.

Notes to editor

The first members of the new Environmental Sustainability Board are:

Name

Organisation

Andrew Linfoot

Jacobs

Andy Hicklin

Environment Agency

Ann Cousins

Arup

Ben Ross

Bristol Energy

Dale Southerton

Cabot Institute, University of Bristol

Dan Green

Wessex Water

Gwen Frost

Bristol Waste Company

Iain McGuffog

Bristol Water

Ian Barrett

Avon Wildlife Trust

Katherine Piper

Future Economy Network

Poppy Brett

Life Cycle UK

Sara Telahoun

Anthesis

Savita Willmott

Natural History Consortium

Simon Roberts

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Simon Wood

North Bristol NHS Trust

Marvin Rees

Mayor of Bristol

Colin Molton

Bristol City Council

Mohammed Saddiq

Chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership (interim board representative)

City Office
The Bristol City Office encourages partners from across the city to come together and contribute to the immediate and long term challenges facing Bristol.

One City Plan
The One City Plan sets out where we want Bristol to be by 2050, and how city partners will work together to create a fair, healthy and sustainable city. 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. www.bristolonecity.com.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership
Founded in 2007, the Partnership is a unique partnership of 900+ business and other organisations from across the private, public and third sectors which have committed to working towards Bristol becoming a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all. The Mayor of Bristol invited Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, the company which supports its members, to help create and support the new ‘One City’ Environmental Sustainability Board. More information at www.bristolgreencapital.org.

Our Future vision
The Partnership’s Our Future vision for an environmentally sustainable city was published in January 2019 and was the Partnership’s contribution to the first iteration of Bristol’s One City Plan. This was developed with Partnership member specialists. The vision sets out five key areas for action for city businesses, organisations and others to consider for each of the Partnership’s five themes of energy, food, nature, resources and transport.