Tameside Green Summit

ORGANISATIONS and individuals have shared their environmental pledges following the first ever Tameside Green Summit.
Now residents, businesses and groups are urged to join in and do their bit by making a pledge that will help save the planet.
The green summit, organised by Tameside Council, saw businesses, public services and voluntary and community groups gather at Dukinfield Town Hall on 6 November. They heard presentations from leading experts, debated key topics and concluded by making environmental pledges for themselves and their organisations, which will have a positive impact on the environment and climate change.
Chief Executive Steven Pleasant made the pledge that Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group will seek accreditation as a Carbon Literate Organisation, embedding corporate social responsibility and low carbon behaviour in staff and working practices.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington and Executive Member for Neighbourhoods Councillor Allison Gwynne made pledges on energy and trees.
They stated: “We will reduce the energy demand from heating, cooling, hot water and appliances across our corporate estate through better management and installation of appropriate retrofit measures.
“We will continue our programme of tree planting in Tameside by planting 3,500 trees across our green spaces in 2018/19. We will continue our partnership with City of Trees and will encourage all new developments to include high quality tree planting.”
There wasn’t a blank space on the pledge wall at the event with schools, businesses and public organisations all making commitments.
Russell Scott Primary School headteacher Steve Marsland pledged to continue to empower and engage children to make green decisions for their own sustainable futures.  And Laura O Flaherty, from St James’ Primary School in Hattersley, pledged to reduce the amount of energy wasted throughout the school and home by making sure lights and interactive whiteboards are switched off when classrooms are not in use and turning off all computers, laptops and monitors at the end of the day.
Adrian Rooney, of Bardsley Construction, pledged to target less than 10% of waste from building projects to go to landfill and target a 10% reduction in carbon by the end of 2019.
Jacob Hirst, of Tameside Youth Council, who spoke at the event with fellow member Emily Sykes, pledged to promote recycling to young people.
A video created by Millbrook Primary and Nursery School was shown at the event and can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOvjfildv1o
.  The school also pledged to reduce their use of plastics and find suitable alternatives.
Councillor Warrington said: “The consequences of not protecting the environment, cleaning up our air and living sustainably are grave and endanger our children and grandchildren’s futures.
“I’m delighted with the response to the Tameside Green Summit and the amount of pledges made but we now need these to be fulfilled.  And I’d like to see everyone in Tameside make an environmental pledge and play their part.  Small but achievable changes in consumption and lifestyle, whether reducing, reusing or recycling, can add up to a massive impact if we all commit to them. By working together we can make a difference.”
Pledges can be shared on social media by using the hashtag #tamesidegreensummit