We’re working with the Bristol Green Capital Partnership to establish a Bristol One City Environmental Sustainability Board and we’re seeking members to shape the city’s journey to the highest standards of sustainability in the shortest possible time.
This is timely in light of the UK parliament yesterday acknowledging the Climate Emergency, led by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and which Bristol was the first city in the UK to declare, following the lead of cities around the world.
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 by 2050 – 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.
The ES Board will sit 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 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 by 2050.
I 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 ‘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.
Expressions of interest can be submitted between 2 May and 9am 20 May 2019. Full details and information about how to apply are on the Bristol One City website.