Our Green City: Global Challenges, Bristol Solutions
Being Green Capital for Europe in 2015 is a great opportunity for Bristol to show off its green credentials, sustainability industries and attract investment. However, if you live in the city, you may be thinking ‘What is there that I can learn, what is a ‘Green City’ and why is all of this important anyway?’
At the University of West England we wondered how we could use some of the work that we do and the links we have with the community and businesses to help people in Bristol and beyond to answer these questions, as well as promote what a great place we live in.
So we developed ‘Our Green City’, a free, six week online course that will take learners through the key themes of food, transport, nature, resources and energy, as well as considering the global challenges that we face in managing or producing them. But we did not want our course to be all about theory so we have used a range of interesting case studies from Bristol to show how our grassroots, community and civic sector organisations are finding solutions to these issues.
Through video presentations, quizzes and discussion forums, you’ll find out about urban agriculture projects ranging from Trinity Arts, food recycling projects from Resources Futures, The Easton Energy Project, self-build housing projects from Eco-Motive and many more.
Our Green City is about celebrating Bristol and what we call ‘The Bristol Method’ as we join a European league of other great cities that include Copenhagen, Stockholm and Hamburg. We hope that the stories of change will inspire our learners to take up leadership in their own communities. An online course is simple to engage with and means that learners can take part at times that suit them.
We have suggested that people can put as much or as little time into their learning experience as they wish to: simply watch our video content, complete quizzes, get involved in discussion and further reading – it’s up to you. We also don’t expect anyone to have an environmental science degree although welcome those who have. Our Green City is about forming communities and networks of people who want to know more about the sustainable city and believe that change, no matter how small, is worth investing in.
Our Green City is funded by Bristol 2015, Bristol City Council and The Department for Energy and Climate Change. It would not have been possible without the brokerage and advocacy of The Bristol Green Capital Partnership.