Creating the Greenest County Conference
Creating the Greenest County held its 10th anniversary celebratory conference entitled ‘Enhancing Suffolk’s Environment in a Growing Economy’ on Friday 20 October at Trinity Park, Ipswich. The conference was an informative and inspiring day for all, boasting a range of engaging speakers, exhibitions and workshops.
Keynote speakers included Alison Mowbray, providing an Olympic view on how collaboration and a growth mindset can help us think differently about environmental challenges; Dr David Pencheon OBE, on how we can seize today’s opportunities to future proof health and well being; and Ed Gillespie, who looked ahead to the transition to renewable energy and how disruptive innovation can bring some (guarded) optimism to the climate challenge.
Delegates took part in a series of workshops designed to establish potential actions and delivery mechanisms and partners for the future across a range of priority areas. Workshops tackled topics including inclusive growth (can we achieve growth in Suffolk that is both inclusive and sustainable?); health and well being (the importance of physical activity in enhancing Suffolk’s green credentials); rural landscapes of the future (what should Suffolk be saying about Brexit and future support payments to ensure our rural landscapes are fit for the future?) and the energy challenge (How do we mainstream the development of smart grids in Suffolk?).
The conference also provided a platform to look at back at the various successes that the wide-ranging partnership has achieved over its first 10 years including progress to reduce the county’s carbon footprint, increase levels of recycling, and the development of the Carbon Charter scheme which has supported 1,500 businesses to date and delivered £2.2million in annual savings in energy costs. During the conference Carbon Charters were presented to Midas UK, East of England Co-op, Box-it East and Barnwell Print by Councillor Jessica Fleming.
David Barker MBE, chair of the Creating the Greenest County Partnership was awarded the Derek Moore Award for his outstanding contribution to wildlife and conservation. Mr Barker said that receiving the award was “a great honour as Derek was such a great friend and someone who cared passionately about wildlife and the countryside”. David Barker announced at the conference that he will step down from his role as chair of Creating the Greenest County. The partnership has enjoyed David’s support as chair for the 10 years since the initiative began. David will provide interim support until a new chair is appointed.
Among the attendees were a range of decision-makers and stakeholders, including business leaders, councillors, local government officers, utility companies, NGOs and charities.
With huge thanks to our amazing sponsors, without thier generous support the conference would not be possible. The conference was in partnership with Anglian Water and was kindly supported by East of England Co-op, Barnes Construction, East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk Waste Partnership, Invest in Suffolk and BEE Anglia.
For further information please contact Creating the Greenest County