Brighton & Hove retains its position as one of the most sustainable cities in the country, according to the ‘Sustainable Cities Index 2010’ published on Monday, 18 October.
The city is the only one in the UK to have stayed in the top three for four years running, scoring well on the economy, quality of life and addressing climate change.
Brighton & Hove came out top on the proportion of people with qualifications, with 75.5% having NVQ2 or equivalent and came second for business start-ups.
Council leader Mary Mears said, “This doesn’t happen by accident. From the council’s point of view, the good scores reflect the work of various departments such as environment, sustainability and economic development – all aimed at improving our prospects for the future.
“It is particularly pleasing to see our economy continuing to do well. Strong local enterprise, together with our highly skilled workforce, will make us ideally placed to take advantage of new technologies to create a low carbon economy.”
Brighton & Hove was one of the first to embrace the 10:10 campaign to reduce its overall carbon footprint. The council is running a £6 million energy efficiency grant scheme over three years to help householders cut costs and emissions. This autumn the city hosted an ‘eco open houses’ weekend where residents were able to share their environmentally-friendly homes with others.
Brighton & Hove will be the nearest UK city to an offshore wind farm when the “Rampion” wind farm is built and the council is working to capitalise on its economic benefits for the city.
The Index, carried out by environmental charity ‘Forum for the Future’ charts progress on sustainability in Britain ’s 20 largest cities.
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