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Making 2020 Zero Waste Work – Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Following on from my previous blog post regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative, (please see website link 1 below), an update was given at Coventry’s Friends of the Earth meeting yesterday.

The ‘Making 2020 Zero Waste Work- Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future’ conference will be held on Friday 9 September 2011 at St. Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry.

Starting from 9.00am, there will be a number of speakers and workshops on waste review and best practice examples.  

For full details of the programme, please visit the website for more information (please see website link 2 below).

WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINKS DESCRIPTION
1. https://triptaprashar.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/the-2020-zero-waste-initiative/ Previous blog regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative
2. http://www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk/ Programme Information

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 22 July 2011 10.40am

The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative

January 7, 2011 1 comment

At the last Coventry Friends of the Earth meeting, which was held in November 2010, an update on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative was given.

“The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative began in October 1999 at a public meeting organised by CRACIN (Coalition for Recycling and Against Coventry Incinerator) to discuss greener low carbon alternatives to the proposed giant waste incinerator. Coventry’s Director of City Development, John McGuigan, set the meeting the challenge of finding a long-term solution in waste which would be both economically and environmentally viable.

Over the last year, the ‘2020 Zero Waste Initiative’ has begun to take shape.  It has drawn people together from the main areas involved or interested in developing ‘waste’ as a resource.  Over a hundred people have attended meetings and have come from public bodies such as WRAP and DEFRA, local business and commerce, environment and recycling groups, Garden Organic, councillors and officers, community groups, professional bodies and from our two universities.

There have been three meetings over the last year. The first two were addressed by the leading speakers on Zero Waste, both international and national, Professor Paul Connett and Peter Jones OBE respectively.  The third meeting was organised by the ‘Building Research and Innovative Networks’ (BRAIN) Dept at Coventry University.

There could now be scope for Coventry to become an exemplar in Zero Waste at a National level.  The Government Waste Review has as its central aim; to put a ‘zero waste economy’ at the centre of sustainability, ‘for environmental protection’, economic renewal and addressing climate change as well as for wider social involvement, localism and the ‘big society’. Our submission to this Review has resulted in an invitation to discuss the project further with Defra.”

I will be providing further updates when there are more developments on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 7 January 2011 12.30pm

Green Drinks launched in Coventry!

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Green Drinks has now started in Coventry – (please see website link 1 below)

A turn out of lucky-13 people initially attended. They have each given me feedback – they enjoyed it and it received a big thumbs up!

It was a great social evening where several positive ideas were shared on green topics.

People attended from:

  • Coventry Partnership  
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Green Party
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Millward Brown/Kantar
  • Rotary Club and
  • Wikaniko

…to name but a few!

Also many thanks to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire local radio for giving me the opportunity to pop in and promote the event on air at the radio station and also to the Coventry Telegraph!

WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. http://www.greendrinks.org/west%20midlands/coventry Coventry Green Drinks

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 7 November 2010 3.35pm

Categories: Green Events

Coventry Green Fayre Event Launched

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Coventry held its first Green Fayre event (please see website link 1 below) on Saturday 21 August 2010.

Great turnout! I met some lovely people.

Please see website link 2 below for details of the local Green businesses who ran their stalls.

Useful reminder for me too – as much as we want to help make a difference, it can be only done one step at a time…

WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. http://www.coventrygreenfayre.org.uk/index.htm Coventry Green Fayre – Home Page
2. http://www.coventrygreenfayre.org.uk/stalls.htm Coventry Green Fayre – Stall Information

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 23 August 2010 5.30pm

Schools Low Carbon Day – Climate Change and Green IT

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Today it was Schools Low Carbon Day in the UK.  It had been arranged by Cool the World (please see website link 1 below), which is a voluntary organisation formed by a group of parents. 

I assisted the Schools Eco-Co-Ordinator at the primary school in Coventry.

The main purpose today was to educate the children about climate change, focus them on their own energy usage and to ensure the children and their family make pledges to reduce their own carbon footprint.

A presentation was given in the assembly by myself and the Schools Eco Co-Ordinator, with a lot of involvement and participation from the children. We went through slides on climate change, the impact of what we’re doing, Green IT and ways to reduce carbon footprint. 

It was great to see how much the children knew and what they can now go back and tell their parents to do to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs (those bills!). 

Following on from the assembly, the children were tasked with designing leaflets to do with pledges to reduce the carbon footprint. An incentive had been given (companies should also note incentives do work), and the winners were notified on Monday 28 June 2010.

Also, one class even nominated two people to be responsible to turn lights off when the room is vacant or there is enough natural light. Green Champions!

When giving a talk on Green IT, all the children responded (LOTS of hands up in the hall) they could not stop using PCs as there is a dependency on it for school work and home usage.  However, they do now know what changes to make to reduce the impact IT has on the environment, and most are quick wins which I am positive they will implement.

I have always said children need more awareness and also believe they can teach their parents on what they learn.  It does affect their future after all…

Overall, it was a great day and I feel we have collaborated and made a difference together…be it small or big, it still matters…

WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. http://www.cooltheworld.com/ Cool The World – Education Children about Climate Change

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 24 June 2010 8.30pm