Green action at environmental conference

A recent environmental investment, the Isle of Wight Council’s new waste recovery site at Forest Park, Newport.

The Isle of Wight Council is bringing together local and national experts and enthusiasts for an interactive environmental event in Cowes.

The Island Environmental Conference on 26 June will consider the Isle of Wight’s environmental future.

Cabinet member for environment and heritage, Councillor John Hobart, said: “At the conference we will ask participants to think about how the Island can secure a low carbon, resource efficient and environmentally sensitive future.

“The best suggestions will shape a new Environmental Action Plan, which the council will develop during 2018.”

Working groups will discuss the Island’s future energy system, tourism, promoting the biosphere, electric vehicles, low carbon fuels, water supplies, farming and rural enterprise, circular economy, local food, green growth, regeneration and the environment.

The conference will feature a speech from Professor Matthew Cragoe, chair of the UK Man and Biosphere Committee, who is attending as a part of the proposed Isle of Wight Biosphere Nomination.

The Green Impact Programme for Island businesses will be launched by the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce at the conference, and Island secondary schools will be making poster presentations on the theme of ‘Our Future Island’.

Jim Fawcett, principal officer at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “People, businesses and organisations with an interest in sustainability and the environment on the Island can apply for tickets to the event on the conference website,

“We’re looking forward to a great day, and some insight into a sustainable future for the Isle of Wight.”