The One Planet York launch event occurred on the 15th June 2016 at the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York. One Planet York aims to get the city working towards a ‘one planet’ future as current consumption in the UK is using the resources of 3 planets.
Hosted and facilitated by a partnership between Schumacher North, City of York Council, and the York Environment Forum, the launch was an information and networking event for organisations and businesses in York. York’s first Green Party Mayor, Dave Taylor, attended, and keynote speaker Gary Topp emphasised the importance of collaborative partnerships between organisations including but not dominated by the council, and shared words of encouragement and inspiration from his own experiences working in Bristol, the UK’s first European Green Capital.
One Planet York uses 10 principles to encompass sustainability;
- Zero Carbon
- Zero Waste
- Sustainable Transport
- Sustainable Materials
- Sustainable Water
- Land Use and Wildlife
- Culture and Heritage
- Equity and Local Economy
- Health and Happiness
A total of 25 ‘Early Pledger’ organisations – companies, community groups and public sector bodies who are showing leadership in the ten ‘One Planet Living’ principles – also attended the launch event including; First York, York Community Energy, Edible York, Yorkshire Water, Get Cycling and St Nicks Environment Centre. The event encouraged individuals and organisations to ‘pledge’ to One Planet York, to be part of a city working together with the opportunity to network, share and learn from others.
Some areas are already benefiting from collaboration, with Nestles’ Zero Waste factories, electric buses from First encouraging a more sustainable transport system, renewable energy generation and an increase in the application of the national living wage from companies such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, linking into the principle of ‘Equity and Local Economy’. Taken together these actions are helping put York onto a more sustainable and resilient footing.