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Go green for Clean Air Day

With Clean Air Day 2018 coming up on 21 June, people in Leeds are being urged to take up a "Go Green" challenge by wearing green and getting around the city by bus, train, bike or by walking to show their support to reduce pollution in Leeds. Go Green stations will be showing up at Merrion House, Civic Hall, St Georges House, Enterprise House and TechNorth where you can pledge your support, take a photo with your pledge and help spread the word on social media.

Leeds could lead the North on green finance, say experts

Leeds could be the green finance centre of the North - but it needs to think big, capitalise on expertise and have an integrated approach to low carbon projects.

That was the message from a networking event to kick start low carbon projects in Leeds, which heard inspirational stories from trailblazing businesses and positive news about Leeds already being a "hotspot" for ethical investment. 

Initiative to boost green economy proves popular with investors

An event to get green projects off the ground in Leeds is attracting significant interest from investors and financial services. More than 100 people from Leeds businesses, services and organisations are expected at the launch of the Project Development and Finance networking event on 1 May, which aims to help realise energy saving projects and stimulate a thriving low carbon economy.

"Recycled heat" project to heat 2000 homes

Leeds Pipes, a new district heating network that will use the waste heat generated from the Cross Green incinerator (the RERF), will bring to one of the most deprived areas of Leeds, with 31 tower blocks benefitting  from cheaper fuel bills, reducing the city's emissions by 22,000 tonnes of CO2. 

Leeds to switch off for Earth Hour

Prominent buildings in Leeds are switching off their lights for Earth Hour on 24 March 8.30pm - 9.30pm. The University of Leeds, Leeds City Council and the ITV studios are all switching off lights in a show of symbolic solidarity for the planet.

First trees planted to protect Leeds from future flooding

The first of thousands of trees has been planted in the upper River Aire catchment area in a bid to prevent "future catastrophic floods" in Leeds. Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, planted the first tree at a pilot site in Gargrave, near Skipton, as part of a natural flood management scheme. See the LeedsLive video and interviews

Make a promise for Earth Hour!

 

Young people in Leeds are leading the way when it comes to making promises for the planet.

Earth Hour (24 March, 8.30pm) is a chance to be part of a global initiative to help protect the world we love - and Brownies, Cubs, schools and youth organisations are currently making the running in Leeds on WWF's interactive map.

Climate resilience database is just the start: now we need an app!

Lauren Fraser, an undergraduate at the University of Leeds, has compiled a database of resources on local and national climate resilience and adaptation to climate change for Leeds Climate Commission. Her work is finished, but there's potential for someone else to take up the reins, she writes in this blog.

Positive vision needed to inspire action, say organisations

Creating a positive and influential vision of a low carbon Leeds is essential to organisational uptake of measures to reduce emissions, a Leeds Climate Commission survey has found. The survey on communications and engagement showed that a lack of time, information, and resources all present barriers – but that having an inspiring vision to rally around would help to catalyse action.