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Event report - transition towards a low carbon economy

How can Greater Manchester secure a further 2.5m tonnes of carbon reductions, above and beyond business as usual, to ensure it hits its 48% target on CO2?

Manchester Central Library - image by Morley Von Sternberg

Great cities need great libraries: a review

Phil Griffin reviews the re-opened Central Library in Manchester - a 'triumph' - and casts a glance at the parallel openings in Birmingham and Liverpool.

Cornerhouse Exterior

Greening Cornerhouse

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles Cornerhouse, a founding member of Manchester's Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) and details the emergence and growth of its 'green' credentials.

Regeneration: past, present, future

Manchester is one of the best examples of urban regeneration in the UK, but what lessons can we learn from what has worked well in the past to make sure that future projects in this city region are just as successful?

City council publishes its emissions reduction plans

Manchester City Council has set out ambitious plans to reduce its carbon emissions over the next three years.

Manchester: A Certain Future - update from the Buildings Sub-Group

Maggie Walker and Esther Barnes with an update from the sub-group dedicated to MACF's buildings theme.

Update from the energy sub-group of Manchester: A Certain Future

An update from the work of the MACF Energy Sub-Group from Damian Burton, the chair of the sub-group.

Bridge 5 Mill

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles Bridge 5 Mill and the rich, historical process of its retrofitting.

Developing a carbon neutral community venue

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

Humber Bridge by Angie

Essay: Spanning our expectations; the work of building bridges

In this essay, Phil Griffin takes a journey from Hull to Salford and uncovers the aesthetic, symbolic and very real opportunities that a humble (and not-so-humble) bridge can create.

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