This summer young people from South Bristol joined with KWMC to kick-start a new programme of sustainable activity.
On Wednesday 12 August Knowle West Media Centre unveiled 15 ‘green’ pledges to mark our continued commitment to reducing our environmental impact – and a group of young people did the same.
The Do 15 in 15 campaign was launched by Bristol 2015 in April this year, to encourage people across the city to pledge their support for Bristol’s year as Green Capital and commit to do something to help make Bristol a healthier, happier city for everyone.
On 12 August staff and young people involved in our summer activities pushed the Bristol 2015 ‘pledge button’ and formally launched their pledges.
KWMC is based in an award-winning sustainable building and throughout our 19-year history we have helped people use digital technologies in ‘smart’ ways so they can reduce their environmental impact. Recent work has included monitoring electricity use and training local people to ‘upcycle’ office furniture.
Our Director Carolyn Hassan explains: “Some of our Do15 pledges focus on expanding our existing work – such as using innovative digital monitors to measure heat, noise and air quality and ensure that we have a healthy working environment for staff and visitors. Others will maximise the potential of our building, such as relying more on rainwater collection and cultivating the outdoor space to include a beehive and more fruit and veg plots.”
Other actions are new, such as the pledge to reduce single-car journeys by purchasing an electric bike for use by staff, and implementing a car share scheme.
Young people aged 9-18 devided their own Do15 pledges at KWMC and they released three pledges each day during their summer programme, which ran from 10-14 August and coincided with the button push event. The group imagined what Bristol could look like in 15 years if all of the Do15 pledges are achieved – and the challenges and opportunities that could result in a new set of environmental promises in 2030…