Our ‘52 Big Ideas for Bristol’ book is a collection of quirky ideas to make the city more sustainable, designed to spark your imagination and influence positive change.
Inspired by Bristol’s year as Green Capital of Europe in 2015 and the events we held at our own offices during our annual Business Green Week, many are ways to reduce pollution, congestion and wasted energy by offering greener alternatives, as well as smaller, fun ideas to bring communities together.
- Bristol Colour Capital – an initiative to get more people painting their homes a bright colour, improve their homes energy efficiency and see the city celebrated as the most vibrant in the UK.
- Bristol Ferry Commuter Service – allow commuters to use the river as their preferred mode of transport, easing congestion through the city.
- Portway Greenway – extend the road tunnel below the Suspension Bridge all the way down the Portway, provide a green roof for nature and a unique route for walkers and cyclists
- Food Maps – get Bristol eateries to display where their produce comes from on a map, encouraging them to source locally and help consumers make an informed food choice
- Temple Mead – provide hives along railway tracks, some of the most bio diverse environments, and use then sell the honey and mead at the station
Many of the ideas reflect our office’s geographic position in west Bristol as this is the place we know best, and even though we might have suggested locations for many of the ideas, they might equally work in other parts of the city.
Idea number 1, Bristol Colour Capital (www.bristolcolourcapital.org), has already been put into action and we should hopefully see more colourful, sustainable houses pop up around the city as a result.