Climate change and sustainability

Climate is different to weather, the difference is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions are like over a short period of time, climate is how the atmosphere ‘behaves’ over relatively long periods of time.

Climate change (external link) is happening at an increased rate as a result of human activity. This is now widely accepted, as is the fact that we need to do things differently, both to adapt to the changes and reduce the extent of change long term.

We are also part of the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy (external link).

Carbon management

We have produced a Carbon management plan in partnership with the Carbon Trust (external link). Through it we surpassed our target of reducing CO2 emissions by 15% and saved money across the Council. We have also signed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change to pledge local action on carbon emissions.

Eco schools

Schools in the borough also have a strong record of participation in the international Eco-schools programme and winning Green Flag awards. The Eco-schools programme helps schools to focus on nine key environmental topics and share their good practice.


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