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Chester Sustainability Forum

The Chester Sustainability Forum comprises representatives from local environmental groups, businesses and political parties, with a common objective to improve the environmental sustainability of Chester and its surrounding area. The Forum was instrumental in Cheshire West and Chester Council declaring a Climate Emergency in May 2019. The University will be exploring how it can support the council and wider community to contribute skills and knowledge to the Climate Emergency.

Sustainable Transport Task Force

Established by Cheshire West and Chester Council, the taskforce works to identify and make recommendations to the Council on ways to create high quality, vibrant and liveable communities through improved walking, cycling, public transport and integrated transport projects in Cheshire West and Chester. The University is a member of the Task Force and also contributes to work on the pilot project focussing on the City Centre and improving transport and travel options.

Fit for the Future

Fit for the Future is an environmental sustainability network that brings together over 100 charities, heritage organisations, cultural venues and landowners. Members collaborate and share knowledge on becoming climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient organisations. The University is a part of the network and have hosted regional meetings to share our story of PV installation. In November 2019 Heather presented to the Network Harvest about our partnership with Bren Bikes to encourage students and staff to get cycling and prevent waste going to landfill.

Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges 

The University has institutional membership to the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges. Staff and students can register to access a variety of resources, case studies and expertise on areas from energy efficiency, sustainable food to engagement and education for sustainability. We also attend the North West Regional Meetings collaborating with colleagues in the North West and sharing best practice.

The EAUC run the Green Gown Awards, established in 2004 recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by Universities and Colleges. See Achievements and Awards for details of the submissions.

Community Liaison Group

The Sustainability Unit is part of the University and Community Liaison Committee, which meets once a term with University staff, SU reps, Cheshire West and Chester locality and regulatory services staff, Councillors, Police and Community Safety Wardens and Local Residents’ Associations. A key outcome of being a part of this committee has been developing links between the University, Council and local community to initiate plans to reduce waste left in the local community at the end of term throught the British Heart Foundation Pack for Good campaign.