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Planning York Environment Week 2021.

1 May 2021

York Environment Week 2021 – 18th to 26th September.
Seeking members of the Core Group to compile and administer this year’s progamme.

The first York Environment Week (YEW) was held in 2020, and was the idea of York Environment Forum (YEF).

Please get in touch if you are offering to join the Core Group that is delegated to oversee all aspects of organising YEW21. We aim to have a diverse team with the appropriate range of skills and time availability. There is no payment made for this work.We will contact everyone interested to find out more of what you would bring to the Core Group so as we can build the team. We may have more people come forward than we can include in the team, we are grateful for everyone who responds to our call.

Summary of what the Core Group does:

– Decides the shape of YEW 21 eg theme, aims, criteria for inclusion in the programme;

– Advertises for and recruits people / groups to be part of the programme;

– Publicises YEW21 to the public via social media, website etc

;- Evaluates and monitors YEW21;

– Works collaboratively and flexibly.

For more information the website yorkenvironmentweek.org.uk is the place to start.

To express an interest in being part of the Core Group please email me through YEF – yorkenvironmentforum@gmail.com. At this stage it is your name and contact details (email, tel number) that are most important. After 14th May we will contact everyone interested to gather some information about you.

Closing date: 5pm Friday 14th May.
Thanks for considering being involved in YEW21 Core Group

April’s meeting.

10 April 2021

York Environment Forum’s Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 13th April, 4 to 5pm. This is our second AGM to be held using Zoom. The business of the meeting is to look back over the year 2020 to 2021. And to look forward to the coming year. We will ensure we have the elected officers in place to work mainly behind the scenes. There have been a number of new members recruited recently. After the close of the formal meeting we will start strategic planning for York Environment Week 2021.

February meeting

7 February 2021

On Tuesday 9th February York Environment Forum will hear about the first report compiled on York Environment Week 2020. All of the event organisers were asked some questions about their experiences of taking part in the progamme, and 90% told us their feedback. This provides valuable insights to guide future activity. Meeting online from 4 to 5pm, YEF members will be able to discuss the report and provide their feedback too.

In January our guest was Shaun Gibbons, head of Carbon Reduction with City of York Council. He introduced himself, his first attendance since taking up his post with the Council in the Autumn. Shaun went on to elaborate on the Climate Commission and what he hopes it will achieve.

December meeting on Tuesday

6 December 2020

This is the first December meeting of York Environment Forum to be held virtually online. Normally at this time of the year we arrange to have festive refreshments. In 2020 the members are asked to have their refreshments at home and we will be sharing in time not place. The theme is one we had a few years ago: our Xmas wishes for the environment. Not sure what will come up, each idea will be interesting and hopefully will spark thoughts on how YEF can help bring them closer to fruition. Getting into the festive or seasonal spirit in greater depth is optional – reindeer jumpers, pudding earrings…..All happening on Tuesday 8th December 4-5pm.

York Environment Week 2020 starts

28 November 2020

Today, Saturday 27th November, is the first day of the first city-wide York Environment Week. There has been a terrific response to the call to mount events. Looking through the programme listings many events are organised by members of York Environment Forum. These below are the organisers concerned – some are groups and others are individuals. (Not all of the latter are named in the YEW listings.) Thanks for eveyone’s contribution.

Good Food York, Edible York, Seggy Segaran, Caroline Lewis, Audrey Miller, Constructive Individuals, June Tranmer, Kate Lock, St Nicks, York Community Energy.

November at YEF

16 November 2020

The virtual meeting last Tuesday looked at how to make sure York Environment Week has a positive and lasting impact on York Environment Forum. It would be great to recruit more members to YEF and to have a more diverse membership with a wider range of interests. We would like YEF to be more well-known and influential. The members came up with a range of useful ideas.

What we know already is that, led by a few members of YEF, York residents can take part in a programme of events that covers a breadth of topics. Most are online by necessity but there are also opportunities for park maintenance and practical environmental conservation.

There are more than 20 events in the programme – the original aim was to include 15 at most. Some events have maximum numbers, don’t leave it too late to register.

York Environment Week

13 November 2020

The York Environment Week website is now live and events are taking bookings – find out all about it at https://yorkenvironmentweek.org.uk/

October Meeting – YoCo co-housing.

13 October 2020

This month at York Environment Forum we are talking about YoCo – an initiative which aims to develop co-housing and associated neighbourhood on the York Central site. There is already a vision of what YoCo could become. And behind the scenes work is underway to establish a company limited by guarantee to handle the development phase. There is a need for more people-power to get involved and help in whatever way they can. On Tuesday 13th Oct, 4-5, members of YEF will be coming uo with ideas and possible solutions.

YoCo has a website – http://www.yoco.uk

York Environment Week 2020 – call for events.

10 September 2020

York Environment Week 2020 is now accepting submissions of events. Most events will be online and will showcase the work of groups and organisations that are focused on the environment. By being part of the week the events will benefit from shared publicity via the web, flyers and social media as well as advice about using technology.

This YEF website first promoted the festival in the July blog, where you can read more details – in the News section.

There is no charge for having in event in the YEW2020 programme. To take part please read the guidelines and complete the online form.

This is where the documents are available:

https://yorkenvironmentweek.org.uk/host-an-event/

August topic

10 August 2020

We are not having a meeting in August, but back in action in September. Instead of a meeting members of York Environment Forum are invited to respond to the consultation on the Tree Strategy for England if they have not already done so. This is a wide-ranging exercise covering many issues involved in planting and looking after trees, both technically and socially. The strategy that results will impact on what happens in York, and could help or hinder the aspiration for 50,000 trees to be planted by 2023. Responses are welcome from anyone – here is the link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/consultation-launched-on-the-england-tree-strategy