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City Conversation - Healthy Cities and the Built Environment

Are we winning the battle to make our cities more liveable, more sustainable and healthier? Join CityCo for an in-depth discussion with industry leaders as they explore the link between quality urban design and wellbeing in cities.

Image by Sue Langford of cat on blue wall

Green down your street: planning eco-neighbourhoods

A series of workshops have been held to get pro-active plans off the ground for ‘eco neighbourhoods’ across Manchester.

Inside the THINKlab at the University of Salford

Mark Hillsdon explores the University of Salford's innovative 'space to think'.

They’re not making a MESS of climate change in Marple

Platform reports on a roundtable in Marple where local people and activists got to share their views and concerns with Labour’s lead on climate change.

Paul Longshaw and Mike Taylor

Pendleton Together: Self cynical. Radical. Curious. Ironic. Brutal. Wonderful.

Things are changing in Pendleton. Here, we talk to Salford University’s Head of Industrial Partnerships, Mike Taylor, and Salford City Council’s Programme Director Paul Longshaw on the history of the area and what lies ahead in its future.

Ashton charity 2nd Generation Furnishings is now powered by the sun thanks to a generous donation

New Charter Housing lands largest-ever UK solar install

International “first” solar licence deal will cut electricity bills for up to 4,500 homes in Greater Manchester  by around £40m

Image by Mark Waugh

A low carbon dash from gas kicks off in Wigan, through a pioneering partnership with Japan

Council leaders, housing associations and Japanese technologists meet in Wigan to formally launch 600-home renewable heat project.

Manchester Skyline by Flickr user Treevis

The long journey to low carbon

Ashley Crumbley on the challenges faced by the GM Low Carbon Hub's Buildings Group and our city region's building stock.

Cleveland Road, Crumpsall by Flickr user Mikey

Q&A: Robin Lawler, Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub

Robin Lawler is chief executive of Northwards Housing and deputy chair of GMLCH's buildings group. He tells Clare Wiley what's being done to reduce carbon emissions from buildings across the region.

Alex Pepperhill, Rosebery Street in Moss Side being redeveloped as part of the Infusion Homes development.

Greater Manchester goes all retro(fit)

Michael O'Doherty profiles the work being done to deliver large scale, sustainable retrofit across the city region's domestic housing stock.

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