UBoC has been working with LEAF to help create a new Leeds-based environment and sustainability network – (the final name of which is yet to be decided).
The project was initially suggested to help improve connectivity between academics from the University of Leeds with local environmental and sustainability charities, community groups, and voluntary organisations – and to help facilitate communication between projects.
The group met for the first time in May at the Open Data Institute, with the event providing an opportunity for people from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds, including both Leeds Beckett and York Universities, to come together and share thoughts on the circular economy, sustainable energy, the use of green space, food, marketing, network co-ordination and driving behaviour change.
Andy Goldring, CEO of the Permaculture Association and Director of Leeds Love it Share it CIC, led the event with co-director Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures at the University of Leeds.
Claire Bastin, Sustainability Manager at the University of Leeds highlighted the importance of events that give academics an opportunity to listen to members of the community, “one of the University’s strategic commitments is to align research to community need.”
A facebook page is being created, and further meetings are planned.