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One Planet York

March 16, 2016 9:44 AM

It has been suggested that if everyone on the planet consumed as much as the average UK person, three Earths would be needed to sustain them, not one. This is not sustainable.

This is the strong message behind a new framework which will be brought to the Joint Executive this month (17th March), which aims to create the first ever city-wide approach to strengthening some of the key challenges faced surrounding sustainable living in York.

At next week's meeting, Executive will be asked to approve proposals to adopt and implement the One Planet York programme so that sustainability is put 'at the heart of everything we do' and drives wider progress towards more sustainable and resilient 'One Planet living'.

The aim of the new framework is to become stronger in key three areas: in the vibrancy and diversity of the local economy, the health and social wellbeing of residents and the quality of the built and natural environment.

Achieving some level of balance between these three interconnected themes is what makes cities truly sustainable.

The new framework starts from one central idea: We are consuming the resources of three planets when we only have one. At its core are ten clear and easy to understand sustainability principles, including:

1.Health and Happiness

2.Equity and Local Economy

3.Culture and Heritage

4.Land use and Wildlife

5.Sustainable Water

6.Local and Sustainable Food

7.Sustainable Materials

8.Sustainable Transport

9.Zero Carbon

10.Zero Waste

In York, many local organisations are already showing firm leadership on these principles. The plan involves the council getting alongside these partners by adopting the key principles and facilitating others to do so too.It is recognised that no organisation can address the city's key challenges alone.

In the longer-term, the proposals aim to use citywide partnerships to drive change, harnessing the leadership, enthusiasm and commitment of city stakeholders, facilitating them to lead the agenda and drive future progress.

The council will work with partners to provide:

· A co-produced OnePlanetYork 'Prospectus' setting a clear vision and showcasing examples of city leadership across the ten One Planet sustainability principles- May 2016

· Secure endorsement from at least ten 'early pledgers' as the bedrock of an emerging shared platform - May 2016

· Grow the network of endorsements over subsequent months with a target of 50 pledgers by Nov 2016

· Refresh of the 'Where is York Currently At' progress report - Dec 2016

· One Planet York 'Innovations Expo' showcasing local leadership (subject to required sponsorship being secured) - Mar 2017

Cllr Andrew Waller (pictured), Liberal Democrat Executive Member for the Environment at City of York Council, said: "This is the first ever city-wide approach to strengthening some of the key challenges we face surrounding sustainable living in York. By using the One Planet Living principles we will be better prepared to drive real change. We aim to become the Greenest City in the North and want to lead by example by becoming a One Planet Council to help address these challenges. Through this and other initiatives our goals are to boost recycling, cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and increase the use of renewable energy."