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Bee Sustainable

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Bury-based renewable energy co-operative seeking to bring community energy generation and community ownership together.

Energy Academy Pilot

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Energy Academy Pilot, a Greater Manchester pilot project to develop a volunteer network to engage with householders through energy advice and understanding of energy usage.

Thinking allowed: values and learning for sustainable futures

In this short essay Tim May examines how, in our dialogue around sustainability, we anaesthetise ourselves against the effects of current actions on the environment because we are not faced with the voices from future generations.

Developing a carbon neutral community venue

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Affetside Millennium Green Trust Community Venue.

Pulling together for a green and blue city

Mark Hillsdon reports on the work of Manchester: A Certain Future's Green & Blue Infrastructure Group.

Opinion: The great divide? Greater Manchester and its students

Opinion piece from Bianca Manu on the need to bridge a gap between Greater Manchester's students and the local community.

Riot police in Piccadilly Gardens, August 9 2011, by Phil Long via Flickr

Perspectives essay: Urban faultlines and the dissonant city

A perspectives essay from Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford Manchester, on urban faultines and the 'perpetual dissonance' of the city.

Bedroom Tax has hit Wythenshawe hard, says social housing group

What impact did the Bedroom Tax have on Greater Manchester in 2013? Steve Connor reports on one snapshot that has been delivered in a pre-Christmas report from the Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Millgate Theatre by Flickr user Jim Grady

Millgate Arts Centre

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Millgate Arts Centre and an example of how a volunteer-run arts centre builds capacity to install solar panels.

Improving Davyhulme’s Environmental Awareness

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles a long-term biography of a community-based environmental awareness initiative in Davyhulme.

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