Thursday, June 21, 2018
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The Worcester Business Forum (WBF) have been engaging in talks with the Alava Business Chamber in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) to find ideas in order to launch its very own Green Worcester campaign. Vitoria-Gasteiz was last year’s green capital of Europe. According to Nik Wullschleger, they are looking at collaborating on a number of “green” projects to introduce in Worcester. “We need to start building a greener Worcester for the future. He mentioned, however, that the success of the campaign will depend on the strength of the partnership between the local municipality (Breede Valley Municipality), the business sector and the community. The WBF has already established a good partnership with the local municipality through its Breede Valley Partnership. A few greening ideas that have already been discussed include promoting a culture of sustainability, urban restoration, combating climate change by reducing energy consumption, and the redevelopment of public spaces and transport routes to facilitate non-motorised vehicles such as bicycles. Wullschleger added that the building of dedicated cycle lanes and routes will also promote a healthier environment and a greener town. The renovation of buildings with green buildings through eco-design techniques is also one of the ideas being looked at, he said. “There are several greening ideas that are being discussed to create a balance between nature, an eco-friendly environment and business.” A date has not yet been set for the launch of the Green Worcester campaign.

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