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Local Initiatives

Durham University: working in partnership with Climate Durham

Durham University is working as a member of the transport group of Climate Durham. 

Climate Durham is a coalition of residents, businesses and organisations seeking to inspire every individual, household, business and organisation in Durham to adapt to a low carbon lifestyle.  The group grew out of the Durham Bag Reduction Partnership.   Durham University is a member of the transport group, which is working to promote reduced car usage through Green travel days, among other schemes.

Signing of the Durham Agreement

Durham Agreement- Reducing Single-Use Bags

Durham University is co-ordinating the Durham Agreement, which is a partnership between retailers in Durham with Durham City Council, Durham Friends of the Earth and the student Sustainable Living Action Group.

The Durham Agreement is a voluntary agreement aimed at reducing the distribution of single-use plastic and paper carrier bags in Durham.The Agreement states that:

  • The trader will cease to have free single-use carrier bags in sight at the point of sale, and that a customer must specifically ask to be given one.
  • The trader will also commit to ceasing to hand out free single-use carrier bags altogether at a future date determined by the trader.

The scheme was launched officially in the City’s Market Place on Friday, September 5. Members of the Durham Bag Reduction Partnership were joined by Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods and city Mayor Dr Grenville Holland at the event.

To mark the launch of the Durham Agreement, 1,000 cotton bags (made from sustainable materials) were given away. The bags carry the prize-winning logo ‘A Greener Durham’, designed by Sean Scott, a student at Durham Gilesgate Sports College and Sixth Form Centre.

National retailers including the Co-op and Woolworth’s, together with smaller independent retailers such as La Cookshop and The Art Shop, have been the first to sign up to the Agreement. It is intended that many more shops will come on board in the next weeks and months, joining together with Durham community in taking positive action on this environmental issue.


Local Councils

District and county councils are an excellent source of information on local environmental initiatives and facilities, such as recycling offers advice about recycling and offers a postcode search to indicate the location of your nearest recycling facilities.

The Durham Necklace Park - 12 miles of stunning riverside environment - is a new project funded to draw together a series of existing spaces and places along the chain of the River Wear, stretching from Finchale Priory to Sunderland Bridge, with Durham’s city centre as its fulcrum.