Environment Capital Workshop aims to inspire change

A workshop to raise awareness and help Peterborough achieve its aspiration to create the UK’s Environment Capital is due to be held in the Town Hall on Friday, October 11.

Delegates, including business leaders, social housing landlords and head teachers, have been invited to the event which is hoped will inspire them to create a cleaner, greener, healthier and more vibrant city.

Stephanie Draper, Director of System Innovation at Forum for the Future, a not for profit organisation which works with businesses and governments to find new sustainable opportunities, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Stephanie leads the forum’s work on the best ways to create change, focusing on system wide change projects which bring together diverse groups of people to find creative solutions to tricky challenges such as making our energy systems more sustainable.

Steve Bowyer, Head of Economic Development at Opportunity Peterborough, will also give a presentation on the Future Cities Demonstrator (FCD) – a £3m project funded by the Technology Strategy Board which aims to drive innovation in the city whilst addressing key challenges around skills, sustainability and the economy.

Charlotte Palmer, Climate Change Manager at Peterborough City Council, who is organising the event, said: “So much great work is going on to help Peterborough create the UK’s Environment Capital, so we’re keen to share an update with delegates and invite them to get involved to build on this further.

“We’re inviting business and community leaders to join us at this exciting event and would urge anyone who hasn’t already registered their attendance to do so by emailing

A series of workshops, hosted by British Gas, Anglian Water, Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), Skanska, Positive Money and the World Wildlife Fund will tackle subjects such as fuel poverty, water efficiency, the living wage and travel and transport.

The event will run from 10am-3pm and will also include displays from local schools about environmental projects they have been working on to inspire delegates about the need for change.