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York Environment Week 2020

2 July 2020

We are pleased to announce the first city-wide York Environment Week (YEW). This will take place between 28th November and 6th December. Here at York Environment Forum (YEF) we thought that by co-ordinating YEW it would be an additional way of being ‘the voice for the environment for York.’ We envisage up to 15 events spread over the eight days. The events will be mounted by any group, or public / private agency that becomes part of the programme, and can be virtual or actual. YEF’s roles will be to recruit the groups or agencies that wish to hold an event and to publicise the YEW programme. We are in the planning stage at the moment and will soon be releasing details of the themes of YEW and how to put forward an event.

The planning group welcomes further help, please get in touch if you have a skill or knowledge to offer. Email us via yorkenvironmentforum@gmail.com.

 

Meeting for June.

7 June 2020

A York Environment Week? YEW – we are cracking on with this idea on Tuesday 9th June, 4-5pm. As usual the members are invited to a vitual meeting at that time. York Environment Forum member Kate Hignett will lead with a presentation about how an environment week could be organised, using the model of York International Womens’ Week. In this example the programme of events comprises sessions mounted by a range of groups, venues and agencies who make their own arrangements but benefit from shared publicity. We believe YEW would be the first York-wide initiative of its kind.

Annual General Meeting

1 June 2020

York Environment Forum held our latest Annual General Meeting by email. We covered the year ending on 31st March 2020. All the usual papers were sent out in advance. Members were also asked if they put themselves forward for an officer post. By Friday 29th May all the responses and feedback was considered and the AGM was completed that afternoon.

This is what was decided:

The annual report, financial accounts and the minutes of the previous meeting were accepted unanimously.

The officers elected were – Chair: Penny Bainbridge, Treasurer: Phil Bixby, Membership Secretary: Caroline Lewis.

Philip Crowe resigned as Minutes Secretary and has also left YEF after twenty years’ memberhsip. We thank him for his dedication and wish him well for the future.

YEF’s virtual meeting for May

11 May 2020

Tomorrow the topic of the monthly meeting is: Towards a new Local Transport Plan for York.

We are pleased to welcome Emeritus Professor Tony May to lead this session. He will go through an electronic presentation which he will discuss with the members present.  Recent collaboration of YEF and the Transport Group, with York Civic Trust and York Bus Forum,  to research the views of residents and visitors about the city’s transport, has underlined the need to have a more effective strategy led by the City of York Council.

The video conference meeting takes place on Tuesday 12th May, 4 to 5pm. It is open to all members of York Environment Forum. To enquire about membership contact yorkenvironment forum@gmail.com.

April’s virtual meetings

11 April 2020

Tuesday 14th April is the scheduled date for the next York Environment Forum meeting. We are going ahead with a video conference. York Community Energy will be showing a short presentation and then will lead a discussion on the subject of ‘scaling up home retrofit in York’. There will be no formal business this time. Members will have received details about how to log on – please join in from 4 to 5pm.

York Environment Forum held the first virtual meeting last Thursday night. It was a social event leading up to the start of the bank holiday weekend. This session also enabled us to become more familiar with video conferencing and think how we can best use it in the future.

Meetings reorganised.

23 March 2020

York Environment Forum’s monthly meetings have been suspended for the foreseeable future. We are introducing virtual meetings instead. Keeping in touch is an important reason for taking this approach. It will also be the chance to look at a range of topics that members are interested in. At YEF we regret that not all members will have the infrastructure at home to link up remotely. And we want to support members to get to grips with what for some will be new hardware, software and skills.

Best wishes to everyone, stay safe and healthy as far as you can.

Women, York and the Environment.

1 March 2020

For the first time York Environment Forum is part of York International Women’s Week. We are recognising women in York, past and present,  who are / were active in campaigns and all kinds of work on environmental issues.

Our event replaces the usual monthly meeting, and takes place on Tuesday 10th March, 4 to 5.45pm, in the Marriott Room of York Explore, Museum Street.  A talk and presentation will run from 4.30 to 5.00, with the rest of the event open as a drop-in for informal networking. Women are especially welcome – promote your activities, find a group to join, and share your experiences.

The event is free of charge, no need to book – just turn up.

 

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February 2020 meeting theme

8 February 2020

The focus of our meeting is the built environment – expanding opportunities for co-housing in York. Several open  events have been held recently to explore how this might happen. On Tuesday we welcome Phil Bixby to expand on the theme, summed up as ‘the shaping of York Central Co-owned’.  Not just bricks and mortar, the whole neighbourhood is integral to any initiative.

As usual the YEF meeting is at West Offices, Station Rise, and takes place on Tuesday 11th February, 4 to 6pm.

 

York Transport Survey

13 January 2020

York Environment Forum, York Bus Forum and York Civic Trust collaborated on a transport survey in the autumn of 2019. The results have now been published – more than 1,800 people took part. One finding was that 90% of participants said traffic jams are a major problem for the city of York. More detailed work will follow, including a face to face assembly drawn from the survey participants.

More information is on the website of York Civic Trust.

https://yorkcivictrust.co.uk/home/transport

 

January meeting topics

12 January 2020

For the first meeting of 2020 we have a varied programme – Tuesday 14th Jan, 4-6pm at West Offices.

Find out more about biochar, what it is, what is its role in the carbon cycle, who in York is championing it?

Can York reduce the number of Xmas trees that are shredded and increase the use of Xmas trees that have roots and therefore have the benefits of longevity?

News of the findings of the York Transport Survey. YEF’s transport subcommittee has been heavily involved in this work. On Tuesday we will hear what local residents and visitors / communters to the city have said about how they use transport and for what, and their suggestions for innovations and improvements. Related papers will be put on   this YEF website – watch out for the blog.