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Congleton Green Working Group

Latest Update

This group last met on the 23rd April. The group’s work continues to be dominated by the need to reduce the Town Council’s carbon and environmental footprint and officers are having further discussions to see how suggestion on reducing consumption and environmentally friendly purchasing can be taken forward. The group is also working with Congleton Sustainability Group on producing some e-learning materials for the town.

The following members sit on this Working Group :

Purpose: Congleton Town Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and set up the Congleton Green Working Group to lead initiatives that will drive the council’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2025 and work towards creating a sustainable and carbon neutral town.

Objectives:

  • Reduce the carbon footprint for the Town Council’s assets and Streetscape service
  • Through partnership working and engagement with the adjoining parishes plant and maintain 30,000 new trees by 2024
  • Review existing facilities for recycling and develop new where necessary
  • Develop and deliver a campaign(s) promoting the need and facilities for recycling
  • Create awareness of training opportunities
  • Maximise opportunities for the retention and enhancement of Green Open Spaces
  • Support the development and delivery of the Congleton Sustainability Group’s initiatives
  • To work with partners on recycling initiatives
  • To improve the air quality in Congleton

Achievements:

  • Support of the Congleton tree-planting initiative
  • Met with representative from Cheshire East Council to achieve understanding and alignment
  • Initial calculation of the carbon footprint for CTC

Next Steps:

  • Finalise CTC baseline carbon footprint calculation, including procurement
  • Create an eLearning solution for the Sustainable Living in Congleton (SLIC) training course
  • Set carbon and other targets for the group
  • Plan Green Fayre, for when COVID-19 emergency is over

Partners: This group collaborates with the following:

  • Congleton Sustainability Group
  • Congleton Tree Planting Group
  • Congleton Partnership
  • Plastic Free Congleton
  • Active Travel Congleton
  • Cheshire East Council

How Can You Help: Do you work with an environmental group that might have a contribution to make?  Do you have knowledge or ideas about the climate emergency or sustainability?  Please get in touch to send us your ideas or volunteer to help.