The European Commission has recognised Bristol’s success in creating a green city with a high quality of life by naming the city as European Green Capital 2015. This prestigious award gives Bristol a unique opportunity to further enhance the city’s reputation for creativity, culture and innovation. Our office in Bristol means that we intend to be fully involved in the activities to come. In this blog, our International Sustainability Projects Manager, Jasmine Kubski, gives us an idea of what is coming up.
The Bristol Green Capital Partnership works alongside the Bristol 2015 company to make sure that the European Green Capital Award contributes to Bristol being “a low carbon city with a high quality of life for all”. There are 16 Green Capital Partnership Action Groups covering various aspects of the 2015 priorities and activities. These are designed to ensure a bottom up approach. I am the Chair of the Inclusion Action Group; a cross-cutting group that aims to ensure that Green Capital activities and impacts are inclusive and relevant to all of Bristol’s communities, especially disadvantaged and marginalised groups. This involves chairing a monthly meeting of about 10-15 people, and representing the Action Group at the Monthly Partnership Steering meetings.
Change Agents UK will also be managing a Large Scale EVS (European Voluntary Service) Project, bringing at least 30 young volunteers from across Europe to participate for up to 2 months in the Bristol Green Capital year. Funded through Erasmus+, these volunteers will help build the capacity of Green Capital activities and projects, whilst engaging local communities with Green Capital initiatives happening across the city.
It is such an exciting time to be in Bristol. We shall keep you posted on how you too can get involved.