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'The Langworthy Link' by Flickr user mwmbwls

The Cornerstone of community

Beth Perry talks to John Phillips, from Salford’s Langworthy Cornerstone about some of the challenges and joys of running a community centre.

The Whitworth Gallery

Kissing At A Distance

Following the recent transformation of The Whitworth Art Gallery, Phil Griffin profiles the structural beauty of this Mancunian institution.

Q&A: Manchester Art Gallery

This year, Manchester Art Gallery has been longlisted for the Ashden Awards, which recognise organisations that promote sustainable energy. Here, Clare Wiley speaks to Amanda Wallace and Catriona Morgan, who are responsible for the gallery’s sustainability strategy.

Trees in hard landscapes – Getting it right in Greater Manchester

Matthew Millett reports from the Trees in Hard Landscapes event taking place at Manchester Museum’s Kanaris Lecture Theatre.

Future climate in focus as 2014 sets new record temperature

As news breaks of another record-setting year for the global climate, what does the climate shift mean for our towns and cities? A ‘Future Climate Forum’ in February will be looking for some answers.

Carbon Coop house

Deep retrofit comes to Greater Manchester...

Jonathan Atkinson profiles how Carbon Coop members are benefiting from large-scale home energy improvements through retrofitting measures.

Manchester skyline by Steve Connor

Events programme launched on the ‘State of the Climate’

New events series launched to create a 'Future Climate Forum' for the Northwest. Dan Griffiths of the Northwest Climate Change Partnership explains more.

City of Wuhan taken by Flickr user ChaChaWei published under a Creative Commons license

Smart cities and a working week in Wuhan

Greater Manchester businesses with a possible part to play in ‘smart city solutions’ are being offered the chance to join a partnership project with Manchester’s sister city, Wuhan in Central China.

Ashton charity 2nd Generation Furnishings is now powered by the sun thanks to a generous donation

New Charter Housing lands largest-ever UK solar install

International “first” solar licence deal will cut electricity bills for up to 4,500 homes in Greater Manchester  by around £40m

Manchester skyline by Simone Ridyard

Beautiful, healthy cities? We need a dialogue with Denmark

Danish and British experts are meeting in Manchester to ask a critical question: how do we create beautiful cities with a more resilient economy, healthier residents and a better quality of life for everyone?

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