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IGNITION - SuDS Street Trees

Why Do We Need Street Trees?

The IGNITION project has begun to review the evidence that shows the well-known and some lesser known benefits of trees on our streets.

Collection of IGNITION SuDS diagrams

Why Do We Need Sustainable Drainage Systems?

A damaging combination of urban development and increasing rainfall means we can no longer expect the urban environment to channel all rainfall into our drainage systems and eventually our waterways. This can lead to major flooding events. As we begin to harness nature to soak up rainfall and ease this pressure, we need to also recognise how sustainable drainage systems are the way forward for society, people and wildlife. The IGNITION project has made the evidence available to begin this conversation.

Small tortoiseshell butterfly by Charlotte Varela

Celebrating World Environment Day 2020

This World Environment Day, we’re celebrating Greater Manchester’s work towards the Five-Year Environment Plan.

Diagram of green roof and benefits

Why Do We Need Green Roofs?

World Green Roof Day (6th June) is a celebration of green roofs all over the world and the benefits they bring to people and nature. But what can green roofs do for us? The IGNITION project has made the evidence available to begin this conversation.

#WGRD #WGRD2020

GrowGreen West Gorton

GrowGreen: Greater Manchester is getting greener!

Find out how Greater Manchester is leading the way in nature-based solutions.

GHIA event

Ageing Well: New Year, New You

Christmas might only just be on the horizon, but it’s not too early to sort out your New Year’s resolutions! Get 2020 off to a green, healthy and age-friendly start with GHIA’s end-of-project event on Thursday 9th January 2020 at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

That Counts! campaign in Greater Manchester

That Counts! in Greater Manchester

On Monday 9th September, That Counts! – a new campaign aiming to inspire thousands of people from across Greater Manchester to lead a more active life – went live across the city region.

Can e-bikes help the environment?

89.5 million tonnes of CO2 are produced by road travel per year, whereas e-bikes produce none. With data from the Department for Transport, a new infographic shows how thousands of kilograms of CO2 emissions can be saved by switching your daily commute from a car or public transport to an e-bike.

Manchester's Climate Change Call to Action

The 8th July saw the release of the 7th report on how the city is performing against its carbon emission reduction targets, and the annual Manchester Climate Change Conference 2019 at the University of Manchester. 

The conference looked at the progress the city is already making towards these targets, and crucially helped the evening’s delegates answer the questions – are we on track to meet the zero carbon 2038 target, what next for the city, and what can I do?

Salford Community Initiatives To Tackle Fuel Poverty

With effects on health, education and employability, fuel poverty affects a growing number of people with a staggering 15% of households in the Broughton area of Salford classified as fuel poor [1]. Rebecca Long Bailey MP said:

‘‘One in ten households live in fuel poverty. An issue caused by rip-off prices, a broken energy system and a government that doesn’t want or care to make the real changes to our energy sector that will help customers.”

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