How Can We Engage with Local Shops & Supermarkets to Support the Environment? As a society we spend an increasing amount of time shopping. We often hear about the negative impacts on the environment of overconsumption, but not about the positive impacts that working with retailers can also have with regards to environmental issues. At the next Environment & Energy Network meeting on Tuesday 23 January, 1pm – 2.30pm, we will be joined by Annette Holman, Programme Manager from Neighbourly Lab to explore how we can engage with local shops and supermarkets to support the environment and build further social connection in our communities. We will also be joined at our meeting by Tony Thapar, WMCA who will be talking about the Community Environment Fund. Our usual updates on energy bills, policy, funding, consultations will also take place. The Last Meeting The last meeting took place on 21 November online. Details of the session, and of previous meetings are available at: https://www.bvsc.org/environment-and-energy-network-resources Joining the Network Membership of the network is FREE and will be facilitated by BVSC. The Network will meet online for 1.5 hours at least once a month. If you can’t make the next meeting, we’d still love for you to be involved. Click here to register and you will be provided with a link to join. Email [email protected] for further information. Future Meeting Dates 2024 Dates for 2024 coming soon! Benefits of Environment & Energy Network Membership Networking with organisations from across the Birmingham City VCFSE sector interested in environment and energy issues Information sharing on environment & energy funding, policy, strategy, research, peer learning, training, resources and volunteering Engaging the wider VCFSE sector on environment and energy issues through the Sector’s ‘Engage for Good’ Forum; linking in with BVSC Employment & Skills Network re Green Economy; linking with Greener Birmingham Developing relationships with key public and private sector partners on environment and energy issues Collaboration on partnership projects, services, activities, events and actions Supporting a collective VCFSE voice and campaigns on environment & energy across Birmingham City Anything else you might find useful!