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It Wasn't Built in a Day

Why transforming the material fabric of cities matters

Decarbonising cities has become an increasingly important policy and research challenge. Debates usually focus on the role of cities as producers and reducers of CO2; city-level policy responses to decarbonisation; and the strengths and weaknesses of these responses. Mike Hodson and Alex Wharton summarise these issues and the role of policy, practice and research in enhancing city responses in Greater Manchester; and set out future work to enhance responses.

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A Certain Future: Steering Group report

Last night (25th July 2013) saw the 25th meeting of Manchester’s stakeholder steering group for climate change; the group of volunteers from across all sectors and walks of life that guides the delivery of the city’s action plan: A Certain Future.

Manchester’s heat networks blaze the trail

By 2015, a large chunk of Manchester city centre will be connected to an innovative heat network. It is part of a long term plan designed to cut the city region’s carbon emissions, as well as encourage more sustainable commercial developments and tackle the pernicious issue of fuel poverty.

78 steps wholefood shop. Photo by Debbie Ellen.

It’s all about food

Some of the hottest tickets during this years Manchester International Festival (MIF) have been for events and talks at The Biospheric Project, with 2,500 tickets sold out within 3 hours of being made available. The Project has transformed a 3 storey mill in Salford into a thriving urban research and community food production hub. Once the Festival ends, the work will continue under the direction of Vincent Walsh, who showed Platform’s Debbie Ellen around the building.

Manchester Central Library

A tale of two (low carbon) buildings

Two of  Manchester’s landmark buildings, built nearly 80 years apart, are at the forefront of the city’s low carbon future and a commitment to a 48% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

Regions 4 Green Growth Peer Review team in action

Euro-scoresheet for the city’s low carbon work plan

Greater Manchester’s low carbon report card gives top marks for ambition but with more work to do on engagement, according to a European peer review.

MMU Business School

MMU: The UK’s Greenest University

Manchester Metropolitan University has been named as the greenest university in the UK, beating 143 universities to top the People & Planet Green League 2013.

The increasing risk of extreme weather and climate change: EcoCities report

The University of Manchester's EcoCities team have produced an analysis of the risks of extreme weather and climate change for Greater Manchester over the coming century.

Climate change adaptation in Greater Manchester - the opportunities, the threats

If Greater Manchester fails to adapt, unavoidable climate change could lead to a potential loss of £20 billion to the economy, according to the latest research.

Greater Manchester skyline

Perspectives Essay: How can sustainability be understood in Greater Manchester?

In this Perspectives Essay, written for the University of Salford and Mistra Urban Futures GMLIP programme, Eamonn Boylan promotes a view of sustainability based on transforming the quality of provision of public agencies as a means of creating opportunities for people to make logical choices that support sustainable outcomes and increase personal independence.

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