Volunteers are needed to join a new climate change working group in Chesterfield.
The council is welcoming applications that will support borough wide representation on its new climate change working group.
The desired makeup of the group will see representatives from the education sector, Chesterfield Borough Council residential and commercial tenants, elected members, community kitchens, local business, local transport providers, local climate groups and the health sector for example.
The group totalling 12 to15 members will have a shared purpose of enabling Chesterfield to become a low carbon, resilient and sustainable borough.
Those selected to form the group, will be invited to report back and make recommendations to full council on a realistic date for Chesterfield to be carbon neutral, and to develop a costed action plan, by March 2020, setting out the required work to achieve this outcome.
This action follows a motion being agreed at Chesterfield Borough Council’s full council meeting in July to declare a climate emergency in the borough.
If you would like to express your interest in joining the group, please send your full name, post code, email address and a short explanation about why you are interested in joining the group to the email address below. If you are representing a specific organisation, please note this in your expression of interest.
To register and be considered as a member of the working group, send the above information to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The deadline for working group applications is 5pm on Monday 16 September 2019.
The working group will discuss climate emergency issues and how the council can work with citizens of the borough to make a difference.
The first meeting will take place late September / early October, with the frequency of further meetings to be determined by the group. If you are selected to join the group, you will be required to attend as many meetings as possible to ensure that the requirement to present an action plan back to full council by March 2020 is met.
Chesterfield Borough Council’s deputy leader Councillor Amanda Serjeant said: “It is really important for us to reach out to residents, businesses and community organisations to ask them to join us in developing an action plan to focus efforts to tackle climate emergency.
“Passing the climate emergency motion was an important first step but setting up the working group will I hope bring the community in Chesterfield together to look at what we can do to reduce the council’s carbon footprint”.