Community, sustainability and fun!
We’re a group of Southbank (York) residents who aim to raise awareness of sustainability issues, through various activities and projects, all of which have an element of sociability and fun!
Planet Southbank emerged from the York Green Neighbourhood Challenge, a pilot project undertaken by the Stockholm Environment Institute with the support of the City of York Council and partners, with the aim of helping householders to reduce their carbon footprints.When the project finished, the two winning teams, from Bishopthorpe Road and the Scarcroft area, came together to form the nucleus of a new, independent group, Planet South Bank. The group is open to anyone living in the broadly defined ‘greater South Bank’ area covering the area East to West between Bishopthorpe Road and Tadcaster Road and North to South between the city walls and the former Terry’s site.
Planet Southbank was initially funded by the pooled prize money that the Bishopthorpe Road and Scarcroft teams received but we now raise funds through events.
What we’ve done so far…
We launched a ‘Green Christmas’ campaign and had information stalls. In a stall on Bishopthorpe Road, we displayed a giant ‘apple-pie chart’ showing the average emissions of York residents and gave away slices of pie (made with locally harvested apples, from Abundance) and gingerbread ‘carbon’ footprints. We also held a stall at Clements Hall open day. We’ve also had a community carol singing session on Bishopthorpe Road, and three scarecrow trails, and we run a regular Street Recycle (twice a year) and Crafty-Crawl.