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Polyglot picture of multilingual Manchester

A new study from the University of Manchester has revealed Manchester to be one of the most linguistically diverse cities in Europe and the densest multilingual population in the UK, according to Joanna Long.

Urban garden, Biospheric Foundation, Salford

Turn Up the Volume: Food and the City

What role can urban agriculture play in the creation of sustainable cities?  Alex Wharton reports on Food and the City, one of a series of events held at the Biospheric Foundation during MIF13. 

From litter-ati to liter-ati: the challenge of a low carbon culture?

Beth Perry reflects on the everyday concerns that Greater Manchester citizens have around sustainability. Not talking the language of carbon, she suggests, does not mean people are sustainability illiterate.

The Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform

Beth Perry of the University of Salford introduces the work being carried out, supported by Mistra Urban Futures, to create Local Interaction Platform for Greater Manchester, dedicated to a fairer, greener and denser city.

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.

Workshop held on career development in the low carbon sector

Summary and results from a workshop in Wigan looking at the health of the Low Carbon Skills Sector across Greater Manchester and the North West.

Keeping up to date on the Low Carbon Hub

Responsible for piloting emerging Government low carbon policies, energy supply and demand initiatives, & developing and putting in place the delivery arrangements for Greater Manchester's Climate Change Strategy and other environmental priorities, the Low Carbon Hub aims to provide a 'one-stop-shop' on the low carbon agenda in Greater Manchester.  The Hub Board meets four times per year and steers five thematic and two cross-cutting sub groups, to progress our priorities.  

Sustainable Stories - with the children of Temple Primary School

This article features the work of the pupils of Temple Primary School, Manchester, which was part of the Sustainable Stories interactive exhibition staged at CUBE. The aim of the exhibition was to share and provoke discussions about the future of Greater Manchester. Its aim was to engage the public in a shared conversation about challenges, issues and solutions to make Greater Manchester more sustainable.

Perspectives Essay: Creating Sustainable Communities

In this essay, Alison Surtees argues that we need to work together differently if we want to create sustainable communities. A balance has to be struck between economics (who pays), ecology (impact on environment) and society (communities); and everyone (communities, the public, private and third sector) has to be involved, bringing their expertise in each area to ensure collective ownership.

Hulme: Off the Critical List

From the archive: Beth Perry and Alan Harding argue that Hulme in Manchester may have come out of intensive care, but to be truly considered a success story, it must deliver well-being to all its residents. Originally published in New Start magazine, 24 January 2003.

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