UKGBC Boosts Manchester Activity to Help Metro Mayor Realise Green Goals

UKGBC’s Director of Policy and Places, John Alker

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today announced a series of actions to strengthen its presence and influence in Greater Manchester.

The move comes as the charity supports the delivery of the Mayor’s Green Summit, with UKGBC’s Director of Policy and Places, John Alker, facilitating the buildings workstream at the event. John features on the bill alongside sustainability expert Mike Barry (of UKGBC member M&S) and BEIS minister, the Rt Hon Claire Perry MP.

In addition to supporting the summit, UKGBC announced:

  • The launch of a Greater Manchester Local Network, which will see UKGBC run quarterly events in the region, supported by a newly recruited Manchester-based Local Network Coordinator
  • It is welcoming new GM-based property heavyweights, Bruntwood, and Peel Land and Property to the membership, who join a network of over 400 organisations from across the industry
  • A commitment to a UKGBC office in Manchester from Summer 2018

High on the priority list for UKGBC will be supporting the Mayor’s green priorities, including bringing down carbon emissions and fuel poverty in GM’s aging housing stock; helping businesses cut emissions from commercial properties; and ensuring that all new development aims for the highest possible environmental standards.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “I’m delighted that a well-respected national charity such as the UK Green Building Council is expanding its activities and presence in Manchester. I welcome their support for our zero carbon ambition, which they can help us achieve through their policy input, their training programme and further strengthening our networks of green business.”

Since 2015 UKGBC has made a concerted effort to increase its activities outside London and build relationships with local government. It has held city conferences in Manchester (2015), Birmingham (2016) and Leeds (2017). This year the charity focusing on Birmingham & the West Midlands, Bristol and Greater Manchester.

John Alker, Director of Policy and Places at UKGBC added: “Greater Manchester has an opportunity to be a trailblazer, as it has been many times before in its history. It can demonstrate that high quality, sustainable buildings support an ambitious vision for the region as a clean, green and healthy place to live and work, which will support the attraction of talent and investment. UKGBC can help to deliver this, and I’m looking forward to an active programme of work with our growing local network.”

UKGBC has over 400 member organisations, including well-known companies Barratt Developments, Berkeley Group, British Land, GVA, John Lewis Partnership, JLL, Landsec, Legal and General, Lendlease, M&S, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate.

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