Sutton Council has launched its Environment Strategy to co-icide with World Environment Day.
The strategy has been developed and directly influenced following more than 800 people responding to the council’s consultation last summer.
The vision of the strategy includes:
Cleaner air with more people travelling by bike, public transport or on foot
Protecting green spaces and creating new green space where it is currently lacking
Reducing the council’s carbon emissions as well as energy use per household, with more energy coming from renewable or low-carbon sources, such as solar
Fewer people living in fuel poverty
The borough being a testbed for the circular economy, which means keeping items in good condition and use for as long as possible, through reuse or repair
The borough being resilient to the impact of climate change, such as heatwaves, droughts and flooding
Using less water
Everyone playing their role in reducing their impact on the environment
“The council recognises the need to work with neighbouring boroughs and other partners to bring changes that extend beyond London. There has already been unanimous agreement from councillors to remove single use plastics from council operations and contracts,” said a spokesperson.
Other actions the council is taking this year include:
Signing up to be a Smart Energy GB Employer and promoting smart meters for local households, from autumn 2019
Introducing refill stations at council sites and offices, where people can refill their water bottles, by summer 2019
Installing rain gardens and planters in three Carshalton primary schools to help reduce local flood risk, by summer 2019
Exploring a ‘community repaint’ initiative where unwanted paint can be shared with people who do want it, from autumn 2019
The Environment Strategy is available to read in full at www.sutton.gov.uk/environmentstrategy