Wales Sustainability Week takes place between May 21 and 27 and with Cardiff Council being a signatory to the Welsh Government Sustainable Development Charter, a number of events are planned within the city to mark the week.
The aim of Wales Sustainability Week is to celebrate and promote what people and organisations are doing to promote sustainable development.
Cardiff Council is one of 130 organisations who have signed up to the Sustainable Development Charter to show its commitment to sustainable development. This includes reviewing and updating the corporate sustainable development strategy and producing and promoting an on-line training package for staff on sustainable development.
During Wales Sustainability Week banners made by schools across Cardiff will be on display at the Old Library in Cardiff. Schools who have taken part include Rhydypenau Primary, Ysgol Y Wern, Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre, Howardian Pupil Referral Unit, Fairwater Primary, and the English for Speakers of Other Languages, Youth Group from the Parade Centre. The banners were made to support Wales Sustainability Week with school children choosing themes including, healthy eating, Fairtrade, cycling, friendship and wellbeing. Poems will also be on display written by the children.
The Carbon Lite Cardiff website will also launch within the week. The website http://www.carbonlitecardiff.co.uk gives advice and information on how people and organisations can reduce their carbon footprint and help Cardiff become a more sustainable city.
In June Cardiff Council’s Sustainable Development Unit will coordinate a sustainability festival from June 29 until July 8.The inaugural festival brings together a wide range of events across the city to celebrate what people are doing to live smart, sustainable, 21st Century lifestyles.
Events include talks, walks, learning days, workshops, markets, and much more. There will be also be a free event taking place on Saturday June 30, 10am-4pm at City Hall to launch the festival.
Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Highways, Traffic & Transportation, Cllr Ralph Cook, said: “As a Council we need to lead by example and make sure we are an energy efficient and sustainable organisation.
“Being a sustainable Capital city is so important and we must ensure our own carbon footprint doesn’t affect the future of our great city”
“Alongside the charter we hope to develop a new energy saving partnership working with neighbouring local authorities and housing associations to not only make the capital city sustainable but the whole of Wales.”