Boost for Green-led council as environment minister offers ‘hearty congratulations' over one planet living resolution
27 April 2012
Caroline Spelman MP the Conservative Food, Farming and Rural Affairs' Secretary of State has joined Caroline in paying tribute to Brighton & Hove City Council's sustainability drive.
Brighton and Hove City Council's efforts to reduce its ecological footprint and live and work within a fair share of the planet's resources have been recognized in Parliament today.
Responding to a question from Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas, the Government's environment secretary Caroline Spelman offered her "hearty congratulations" to BHCC for its resolution to become a One Planet Council.
The One Planet initiative, which was recently adopted by councillors, means that the Council will be run in line with ten principles of sustainability, including using sustainable procurement, and innovative waste, rewewable energy and biodiversity practices
Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said: "I am delighted that the Secretary of State has today acknowledged the great work that Brighton and Hove City Council is doing to make the city a greener and more sustainable place.
"If everyone consumed natural resources and generated carbon dioxide at the rate we do in Brighton and Hove, we would need three and a half planets to support us in the long term
"Local authorities like BHCC have an incredibly important role to play in setting an example for sustainable living, and making it easier for people to choose the greener options when it comes to key needs such as food, energy and waste."
Lucas concluded: "To help make sure that sustainability is at the heart of all policy making, departments across the Government should now follow our Council's example and adopt One Planet principles for themselves."
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