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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.



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.


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.


Our December meeting

6 December 2019

We are staying in the Green Environment for December. The main part of the meeting is entitled ‘Farming – production, volatility and the environment’. Welcome to the speaker James Copeland from the National Farmers’ Union who will talk on this topic and discuss relevant issues.

As is customary for the month we are having refreshments and members are asked  to bring Festive Food to share if they can.

The meeting is on Tuesday 10th December, 4 to 6pm at West Offices, Station Rise.

November Meeting topic

9 November 2019

For November 12th we are pleased to welcome Derek Utley, who as well as being a member of Treemendous, is a Woodland Trust Tree Creation Champion.

He is going to talk about achievements in planting trees in York, news from the Northern Forest and how trees contribute to combating the climate emergency.

The meeting starts at 4pm and begins with welcomes and introductions and Derek gets going after that. Observers who would like to attend are asked to let us know for seating purposes, and also to consider joining YEF. The venue is West Offices, Station Rise, just ask at reception which room.

Climate Change Committee

11 October 2019

The full title of the new City of York Council committee is the Climate Change Policy and Scrutiny Board. Its second meeting takes place on Tuesday 15th October, 5.30pm. The meeting is open to the public – arrive at West Offices, sign in at reception and be shown to the right room. What is more residents can speak for 3 minutes on a relevant topic of their choice. Potential speakers must register in advance, by the day before.

All Council meetings and agendas etc are included on their websites. This link should go to the meeting mentioned above, and instructions for registering to speak are near the bottom.


October Meeting

5 October 2019

Our guest on Tuesday 8th October is Cllr Christian Vassie. City of York Council has recently set up the Climate Change Policy and Scrutiny Board, which Cllr Vassie is chairing. The first meeting was held last month, and several members of York Environment Forum attended. The video of the meeting is available via the council’s website. On Tuesday we are interested in how YEF members can engage with and enhance the priorities emerging from the Climate Committee.