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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.

Nationwide Solar fit a PV array on Hilti's HQ building in Manchester

Manchester... running on the sun

Damian Burton reports on the Run on Sun and Manchester's solar aspirations.

Pile of old bricks

The Wall Needs Your Help This Weekend

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles Jen Wu's The Wall and the possibility for reclaiming community spaces in new regeneration projects.


RENEW Northwest's legacy lives on

RENEW Northwest allow access to their archives, encouraging professionals in regeneration to learn from their experiences.

Lead image above taken from the 2014 M:ACF Annual Report, featuring beekeeping atop Manchester Art Gallery. Photo by Len Grant.

Juniper keynote at a Certain Future AGM

Manchester's climate change plan will report on progress and feature a keynote address from a leading climate campaigner at its AGM on Tuesday, 10 June.

Image of detail of low carbon housing retrofit by Charlie Baker

Smart communities demo for Low Carbon Hub

A new partnership between Greater Manchester's local authorities and one of Japan's leading organisations for energy research is delivering smart heat to 600 local homes.

Andreas Demmelbauer, Solar Panel

The Sunshine of St John's community generation project

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles St John's Sunshine, an innovative project to bring together church, community and energy generation.

Event - Greenbuild challenges Manchester to make its buildings better

Greenbuild Expo is back at Manchester Central on May 7th and 8th. The sustainable buildings and refurb event has a packed schedule of debates, workshops and seminars, as well as exhibitors showcasing the latest green solutions - all for free!

vapour trails and electric wires

Event report - transition towards a low carbon economy

How can Greater Manchester secure a further 2.5m tonnes of carbon reductions, above and beyond business as usual, to ensure it hits its 48% target on CO2?

Manchester Central Library - image by Morley Von Sternberg

Great cities need great libraries: a review

Phil Griffin reviews the re-opened Central Library in Manchester - a 'triumph' - and casts a glance at the parallel openings in Birmingham and Liverpool.


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