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Climate emergency: Sustainable Business Partnership and 3VA to lead Community Forum

Lewes District Council has appointed the Sustainable Business Partnership Community Interest Company (CIC) and 3VA to lead the Lewes District Council Climate Forum.

Designed to enable district-wide ownership of the climate emergency, it is hoped the forum will help focus climate and sustainability issues in the district and provide support to individuals and groups to develop solutions in their communities.

The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC and 3VA bring essential expertise and experience in working with organisations to reduce their environmental impact, developing community skills to facilitate local volunteering and enabling projects and social change in response to the climate and nature emergency.

Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: "This latest development is great news. I am delighted we have two such high calibre organisations to facilitate such an important piece of work, the Sustainable Business Partnership and 3VA are exactly what we need.

"Anyone can register an interest in the forum and virtual meetings are being scheduled that everyone can take part in."

The forum will be open to residents, parish and town councils, voluntary and community organisations, businesses, educational establishments, nature groups, and bodies with an interest in agriculture, food, health and transport."

Councillor Bird added: "There are a number of individuals and groups already tackling climate change in the district but I'm particularly looking forward to hearing about and celebrating the grassroots community projects that have sprung-up during lockdown. Through the forum I hope they can inspire others to get involved."

To register an early interest in the forum, email lewesccstrategy@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk and put "Community Forum" in the subject line.