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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?

Manchester Skyline by Flickr user Treevis

The long journey to low carbon

Ashley Crumbley on the challenges faced by the GM Low Carbon Hub's Buildings Group and our city region's building stock.

Cleveland Road, Crumpsall by Flickr user Mikey

Q&A: Robin Lawler, Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub

Robin Lawler is chief executive of Northwards Housing and deputy chair of GMLCH's buildings group. He tells Clare Wiley what's being done to reduce carbon emissions from buildings across the region.

Reiselfeld tram

Letter from Freiburg

Walter Menzies profiles the lessons we can learn from the city of Freiburg.

Castlefield & Salford, Jan Chlebik

MANCHESTER

There are bulrushes on a rooftop in Tasle Alley, just off Albert Square. You can see them as you cross Mulberry Street, towards St Mary's church. It is the roof of a small electricity sub-station. Hard to see who might have planted them, if anybody did. Perhaps this wetland plant chose Manchester...

 

Hough End Hall: let's make it ours!

Mark Burton and Carolyn Kagan on a local campaign to take listed Hough End Hall into community ownership.

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