There’s still time to join key businesses and organisations to help shape York’s future at the One Planet York conference next week.

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Now in its third year, the event on Tuesday 12 June is part of the York Festival of Ideas and for the first time will welcome keynote speakers from across the health sector.

One Planet York is collaborating with the York Health and Wellbeing Board, York Conferences and St Nicks to ask how one place can work for everybody.

Workshops include discussions on mental health in the NHS, asks should work be fun and how we address health inequalities through community health champions.

Cllr Andrew Waller, deputy leader and executive member for the environment at City of York Council, said: “Many local organisations are already taking a number of really positive steps to sign up to One Planet York, including introducing zero waste factories, electric buses and taxi fleets, improving air quality, recognising volunteering, introducing dementia friendly cinemas and much more.

“These actions are helping to make York a great place to live, work and visit. This conference will demonstrate all this good work and outline our longer term goals too.”

Sharon Stoltz, director of public health at City of York Council, said:  “I am delighted to be a keynote speaker at this year’s conference. We know that healthy places make healthy people, so how we ensure our city continues to support and enhance people’s health, wellbeing and prosperity will be the subject of much debate at this event.”

Anyone interested in attending the free conference can register at:

One Planet York aims to harness the leadership already being shown by organisations and businesses which so far includes support from Nestle, Portakabin, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The University of York, First York, Yorkshire Water, Sustrans, Edible York, York Environment Forum, Novalux Ltd, St Nicks and hopes to include many more.

It focuses on ten key principles, including: zero waste, zero carbon, sustainable transport, health and wellbeing, land use and wildlife and sustainable food and water.

Many local organisations  have already taken a number of positive steps including introducing zero waste factories, electric bus and taxi fleets, renewable energy, the country’s best high street, mutually owned library services, open data platforms, super connected digital city status, integrated wellness services and communities tending their own green spaces.

These actions are helping to put the city onto a more sustainable and resilient footing as well as making York a great place to live, work and visit.

In the longer-term, the proposals aim to use citywide partnerships to drive change, harnessing the leadership, enthusiasm and commitment of city stakeholders, facilitating them to lead the agenda and drive future progress.

To find out more about One Planet York visit: 

To find out more about the Festival of Ideas visit: