Environment views sought

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Your views are being sought on the major environmental challenges and opportunities facing Liverpool over the coming years.

The independent Commission on Environmental Sustainability set up by the  Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, is carrying out a review of what is needed to support Liverpool as a sustainable city when resources will be in scarcer supply and when quality of place will be a  key factor in determining economic development.

It is focusing on Liverpool’s unique selling points and on ways to harness the city’s natural assets. The Commission is asking its young people, education providers, businesses, communities, voluntary sector and city leaders to identify and prioritise actions that could make the biggest impact.

The key themes of inquiry for the Commission include: 
Governance and leadership
Education, engagement and behaviour change
Resilience
Energy and resource
Waste and recycling
Transport and infrastructure
Quality of place
Research and innovation 

The Commission is chaired by Professor Nigel Weatherill ,Vice Chancellor and  Chief  Executive of Liverpool John Moores University. Its members are 
Garry Banks, Director Arup Liverpool, Professor Helen Carty, Iain Goldrein QC,
Phil Leigh, Diocese of Liverpool and Chair of Faiths4change and Professor Malcolm Press, University of Birmingham.

They are gathering evidence from expert witnesses and considering data, research and examples of best practice locally, nationally and internationally.  The Commission have met with the Liverpool Schools’ Parliaments and held a meeting with local stakeholders.

Now it is asking for local people to provide written submission and comments.

Professor Weatherill said: “The issues we are looking at are of vital importance to the future of everyone in the city so we would welcome responses from as many people as possible putting forward their views and ideas on how the city can develop in a sustainable way and the challenges we have to deal with.”

Submissions should be limited to a maximum of 500 words or one page of A4.  Links to supporting evidence or references can be included.

You can to address one or more of the Commission’s  themes and/or additional areas relevant to the work of this Commission, however, please send a separate submission for each area you wish to address.

 As part of the submission, you may wish to consider one or more of the following questions:

• In terms of environmental sustainability, what are the big opportunities for Liverpool, thinking about the city as it is now and in 10 or 30 years’ time?
• What are the key challenges for Liverpool now and in the future, and how could these be addressed?
• Do you have any examples of best practice locally, nationally or internationally that could be developed in Liverpool?
• Are you aware of any near market technologies in this area?
• Can you put forward any innovative ideas or different approaches that have the potential to transform our society for future generations?
• Are there any other issues you would like to raise with the Commission or other comments you wish to make?

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to EnvironmentalSustainabilityCommission@liverpool.gov.uk by 15 July 2014.  Comments by email are welcome at any time.