Green Business Event 5.00 > 7.00pm, Thurs 29th Sept. The Old Dojo, New Park Centre P019 7XY
Our Green Business Event brings together leaders In the field to describe their green Journey and show that It’s possible to make a positive difference while realising business benefits along the way. Followed by Q&A and an opportunity to network with others embarking on their green journey.
Climate change affects us all. How can we create robust, future-proof businesses that minimise their impact on the planet? By 2035 the UK must deliver on its commitment to limit global warming. Business and industry account for 25% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, with just under half generated by SME’s. For employers, tackling climate change has become a key part of preparing their businesses for the future.
Heather Barrie: Event Chair.
Heather has lived in Chichester for 18 years and is a Green Party City and District Councillor. She stood for parliament in 2017 and 2019 for the Greens seeing them as the only party founded on a basis of respect and fairness for people and plant. She believes that local and national government policy must be rooted in the environment and create a sustainable future for all. We need to be actively addressing the reality of the climate emergency. Heather is also an MC, moderator and community host and an award-winning coffee entrepreneur. She is a self-styled Connection & Imagination Alchemist and has twice been named Business Personality of the Year for her work in supporting important local and global causes. Heather is a business owner, a coffee lover and keen cyclist and walker and is passionate about the world in which we live.
Tarrin Vane, Sustainability Officer, University of Chichester Student Union.
Tarrin’s ‘Green Journey’ started in 2016, when she became vegan and involved in animal rights movements in South West England. Prior to this, she was active in local musical theatre that strove to create art that challenged and explored social justice issues. She is now in her second year as the elected Sustainability Officer for University of Chichester’s Students’ Union, and in addition served two years as President of the UCSU Environmental Society. Outside university, Tarrin is part of various intersectional environmental and social justice activist groups. After university she hopes to follow a career which provides young people with opportunities to explore intersectional environmentalism in engaging and creative ways.
Georgina Rae, Head of Planning and Projects, Chichester Festival Theatre.
Georgina joined Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) in 2017 as a Producer before moving into the role of Head of Planning and Projects. At CFT her role includes managing projects such as the Carnival of Lights and the Spiegeltent Season alongside working with the Executive team to support planning of future seasons, delivering CFT’s strategic objectives and reporting to stakeholders including Arts Council England and Chichester District Council. Georgina chairs CFT’s Green Committee, a voluntary, cross-departmental group of staff who work across the organisation to implement sustainable practices and make changes that reduce the environmental impact of CFT’s work.
Richard Evans, Green Growth Platform, University of Brighton.
As a Project Manager for Clean Growth UK, Richard’s role is to facilitate low carbon innovation and business growth projects with our network of over 2500 green businesses across the UK. This also includes the management of the UK’s first full-service net-zero support package for SMEs, launched by Clean Growth UK in 2022. Richard has a background in sustainability and holds an MSc in Sustainability from the University of Utrecht, with a number of publications focusing on sustainable business governance and strategy.
Yvonne Thomson, CEO, Environmental Charity, UKHarvest.
Yvonne Thomson is a highly experienced social, economic and physical regeneration specialist who holds a post graduate degree in Housing Studies from Stirling University and Master of Philosophy in Urban Regeneration from Glasgow University. She founded UKHarvest in 2017. Yvonne believes that through joint working and alliance we can fully address climate change in the U.K. She also sees an intrinsic link between homelessness and food insecurity and seeks to provide sustainable solutions. As 70% of food waste in the UK happens in the home, Yvonne sees education as the answer to tackling this issue. The environmental model of food rescue will help provide a climate change solution as part of a four-pillar approach of rescue; educate; engage and innovate.
Free admission to include refreshments
Supported by Transition Chichester, New Park Community & Arts Association, Chichester Chamber of Commerce
VENUE: The Old Dojo, New Park Community Centre, New Park Road, Chichester P0197XY