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York Environment Forum is the voice for the environment in York, encompassing both the natural environment and the built environment.

The Environment Forum has been operating for many years and is one of the outside bodies that the City of York Council works in partnership with. Traditionally, the Forum has functioned as a ‘critical friend’ to the Council, commenting and writing reports on policies and strategies as they relate to York’s environment and, from time to time, campaigning on specific issues.

Our aims and objectives are:

  • to advise and comment on policies and strategic issues in York that affect the built and natural environment,
  • to encourage community initiatives that improve sustainability,
  • to enable information exchange and networking among members and supporters in York,
  • to scrutinise and monitor the progress of the Local Plan.

Our specialist work on the natural environment is carried out through Treemendous. Our Transport group is active on strategic issues aimed at improving travel in and around the city. Both hold monthly meetings, details found by emailing yorkenvironmentforum@gmail.com.

The Forum has pledged support to the One Planet York initiative.

In February 2014, following an extensive consultation process, members of York Environment Forum elected to become a constituted organisation, enabling it to raise funds and do more effective and practical work. Information about membership and meetings and a link to our constitution can be found here.

The Forum is run by a management committee comprising the Chair (Penny Bainbridge), Deputy Chair (Philip Crowe, who also shares the role of Minutes Secretary), Treasurer (Phil Bixby) and Membership Secretary (Caroline Lewis).

The community banner for York Environment Forum, made jointly with BEAST from Bootham School, as part of the Dress to Impress initiative for the Tour de France

The community banner for York Environment Forum, made jointly with BEAST from Bootham School, as part of the Dress to Impress initiative for the Tour de France

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