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All that is good in Birmingham to be celebrated

Trevor at Car Hire Birmingham Airport will be looking forward to the awards to celebrate everything about the place he lives and works, with one of the focus areas being the environment.

Everything great about Birmingham will be celebrated at the Pride of Birmingham Awards on 26th September in a glittering ceremony at the Town Hall. One of the areas the region is proud of is its concern and care for the environment.

The city has some of the highest environmental targets in Europe, with the council pledging to reduce carbon emissions in the city by 60% by 2027. This is above the UK Government targets of a 34% reduction by 2022 and an 80% reduction by 2050.

As part of that environmental awareness, Birmingham is clean. Council street cleaners regularly sweep 1,300 miles of road and empty 4,000 litter bins, making Birmingham the UK’s cleanest large city. Birmingham won the Cleanest City Award from the British Cleaning Council in 2007 after being in the finals on numerous occasions in previous years.

The city council says Birmingham is the largest industrial city to have such a proud record and prides itself on running a street cleaning programme from early morning to late at night. It had also won the award in 1995, when officials were determined to prove Prime Minister John Major wrong after he attacked Birmingham and its council a year earlier.

Birmingham’s first eco neighbourhood scheme in Summerfield was awarded a national prize for excellence in promoting and encouraging sustainability, which means meeting people’s needs without destroying the environment for future generations. The project, a partnership of Summerfield residents, Be Birmingham’s Environmental Partnership, Family Housing Association, Birmingham City Council and the Urban Living pathfinder was ‘highly commended’ by the UK’s GovNet Communications Sustainable Development UK Conference. In 2008, the Summerfield partnership won the public sector category at the National Energy Efficiency Awards, with judges commending its work as ‘a fantastic approach’.

Keith Budden, partnership manager, said “Birmingham is well on the way to becoming the UK’s first sustainable city and partnership working is helping us to achieve that.”