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Festival Square in Manchester, by Monika Lukasik

Sustainable spotlight on Manchester International Festival

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles the environmental sustainability activities of Manchester International Festival within the emerging cultural ecology of the city.

Richard Sharland

Environmental art meets Carbon Literacy

Artist Richard Sharland's new exhibition will support The Carbon Literacy Project, funding new bursaries for young people. He tells Clare Wiley how his career as an environmentalist influences his creative side.

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.

Cornerhouse Exterior

Greening Cornerhouse

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles Cornerhouse, a founding member of Manchester's Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) and details the emergence and growth of its 'green' credentials.

Responsible Tourism comes to Manchester

From Tripadvisor to Google Glass, the 8th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will explore the challenges and opportunities currently facing sustainable tourism, reports Clare Wiley.

Platform: so what's that all about then?

Margaret Bennett explains the background to the platform that is Platform and how it came through a partnership of Creative Concern, the University of Salford and the Gothenburg-based Mistra Urban Futures.

Hooked on citizen science: Erinma Ochu

Bianca Manu interviews writer and Wellcome Trust public engagement fellow Dr Erinma Ochu to discuss alternative ways of achieving sustainable social engagement; citizen science and the benefits of partnerships between universities and community groups.

Update: Sustainable consumption and production under MACF

An update from the Sustainable Consumption and Production sub-group of Manchester: A Certain Future, focused on two food-related projects that are making good progress.

Carbon Literacy trainer Morwenna Lewis taking MACF group member (and CLP Director) Dave Coleman through his paces in a 'climate conversation' role play during the MACF CL training session.

Update: Manchester's Carbon Literacy project

Dave Coleman of Cooler Projects outlines the latest work being done under Manchester's carbon literacy project.

Knitting

The Alternative? Skills sharing and the Greeniversity

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles Greeniversity as a new way of sharing skills for sustainability.

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