Bristol was the first British city to be named European Green Capital. This award celebrates and promotes innovative responses to urban environmental challenges.

Bristol impressed with its commitment to clean transport and energy, and its role as a low-carbon hub of industry. The city influenced international policy at the UN climate change summit in Paris in 2015, sharing best practice and presenting ambitious sustainable action.

Ecotricity, a green energy group based in nearby Stroud, has recently set up a team in Bristol with plans to open a tech hub. Whilst Bristol Energy reaches over 100,00 customers, helping to tackle the effects of social inequality and fuel poverty.

There are many charities and opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference. Bristol is a place where people care - where you can do your bit to protect our environment by learning more about sustainability, joining a campaign, or making small changes to your lifestyle.

Bristol was the UK’s first cycling city, birthplace of the National Cycle Network and home to Sustrans, the UK’s sustainable transport charity. Hire a bike and explore the many routes around the city.

Pet the animals at one of the city’s farms, or visit the vibrant CREATE centre and its purpose-built Ecohome to explore environmental issues and get practical ideas for greener living.

If you’re visiting the Avon Gorge, lookout for rare fauna and flora in a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The bones of Thecodontosaurus, also known as the Bristol Dinosaur, were discovered here in 1834.

Festivals and events, from Big Green Week to the Festival of Nature and the annual Walking Festival, celebrate the city’s commitment to sustainability.

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