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New measures to improve council's environmental impact

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

A push for green electricity tariffs and changes to staff travel are among new measures being introduced by Lewes District Council.

The council’s Climate Change Action Group – a group of councillors tasked with looking at ways the authority could mitigate its impact on the environment – has also recommended installing more electric car chargers and fitting smart meters in its social housing.

The approved measures will see council staff encouraged to use virtual meetings to avoid travelling between different council buildings and to car share or travel by train if this is unavoidable.

Senior officers will also seek commitments from bus companies about not allowing engines to idle when waiting in traffic or picking up passengers within the district.

Cabinet members also approved spending up to £5,000 to install a water fountain at Lewes Skate Park.

Why I dress up as a polar bear for science

Scientist Joel Berger studies muskoxen - by pretending to be a polar-bear
Scientist Joel Berger has dedicated ten years of his life to studying muskoxen. With global warming affecting their habitat, muskoxen have increasingly come into contact with roaming polar bears. Joel wanted to investigate the effect of this on muskoxen behaviour - and with no polar bear to call on - he improvised. He grabbed his polar bear costume and headed north. Joel is the author of the book Extreme Conservation. He started by answering the question - what exactly are muskoxen? (Photo courtesy of Joel Berger.)