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Pile of old bricks

The Wall Needs Your Help This Weekend

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles Jen Wu's The Wall and the possibility for reclaiming community spaces in new regeneration projects.

Green trends: how responsible is Manchester fashion?

Clare Wiley reports on how Manchester's fashion community is contributing to a more sustainable industry.

Book review: The Battle for Sustainable Development

Steve Connor reviews the recently released 'England's Northwest and the Battle for Sustainable Development' by Walter Menzies.

Gothenburg by Flickr user Ulf Bodin under a Creative Commons licence

From Gothenburg to Cape Town with Mistra Urban Futures

Steve Connor reports from a project workshop with Gothenburg, Cape Town, Kisumu and Greater Manchester, sharing their insights on how sustainability is governed and delivered in their respective cities.

Lead image above taken from the 2014 M:ACF Annual Report, featuring beekeeping atop Manchester Art Gallery. Photo by Len Grant.

Juniper keynote at a Certain Future AGM

Manchester's climate change plan will report on progress and feature a keynote address from a leading climate campaigner at its AGM on Tuesday, 10 June.

Image of detail of low carbon housing retrofit by Charlie Baker

Smart communities demo for Low Carbon Hub

A new partnership between Greater Manchester's local authorities and one of Japan's leading organisations for energy research is delivering smart heat to 600 local homes.

Festival Square in Manchester, by Monika Lukasik

Sustainable spotlight on Manchester International Festival

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles the environmental sustainability activities of Manchester International Festival within the emerging cultural ecology of the city.

Richard Sharland

Environmental art meets Carbon Literacy

Artist Richard Sharland's new exhibition will support The Carbon Literacy Project, funding new bursaries for young people. He tells Clare Wiley how his career as an environmentalist influences his creative side.

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.


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