Platform. The everyday portal for sharing knowledge and intelligence on sustainability across Greater Manchester.

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.

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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.

Perspectives Essay: Understanding Sustainability in GM

In this Perspectives Essay, Roger Milburn argues that we need to we need to change our behaviour so that sustainability is embedded into everything we do.

Natural Environment and Adaptation

Natural Environment and Adaptation briefing papers used to inform discussions held at the Planning and Housing Commission and Environment Joint Commission Workshop, held in January 2012. The aim of the workshop was to explore shared interests for both Commissions and examine other, emerging issues within the Natural Environment White Paper to gain an understanding of how these issues fit with GMs strategic priorities, identifying next steps.


Decarbonise the City

Greater Manchester aims to become a global leader in a new kind of economics.  The world’s definitive industrial city marks out a new, sustainable path for its future. Under the banner of 'Decarbonise the City' this series of case studies outlines how Greater Manchester Combined Authority plans to embrace a low carbon future, become more competitive and future-proofed.

Dolls House environmental impact report

The Library Theatre Company decided to measure the environmental impact of their show A Doll's House which took place at The Lowry in January and February 2011. They felt that, despite the complex work involved in doing this that it was a worth while exercise for two main reasons....

It's all about waste!

Offering the most potential for efficient and effective working on detailed waste planning matters, the Greater Manchester Joint Waste Development Plan  (JWDPD) was adopted by each of the ten AGMA Authorities in 2011.  The JWDPD sets out a spatial framework for waste developments within Greater Manchester up to 2027, helping to direct the provision of adequate waste management facilities to appropriate locations across the city region.  The JWDPD now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for each authority and will be used alongside district-specific planning documents for the purpos

The EcoCities Project

By 2050, Greater Manchester's annual mean temperature could have increased by as much as 3.6 degrees Celsius, with our winters 36% wetter and summers 36% drier. We need to begin building resilience to the impacts of climate change, ensuring the stability of our society, our financial economy and the natural economy that sustains our daily lives.


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