The first thing that turned up in my search was the green exchange that I had already heard about. They are the centre of a lot of initiatives in the city centre.
They have a lot of projects surrounding community gardens and using space to grow extra food.
This was particularly interesting because of the way that they are making student houses more green which is such a huge part of leeds as a community. This shows how people interact more at a local level with these issues because they feel they can actually make a difference.
This is a long term campaign that informs people about ways that they can live a greener life in a big city. Simply telling people they can do this makes a big difference.
The ways they are informing people about the specific green options available in leeds is so personal and useful with a very positive tone of voice.
I also thought it worth looking into the government's plans and how they wanted to progress at a local level on the environmental front.
I also found this plan to create a 'green corridor' through neglected parts of the city to improve appearances and encourage wildlife back into the city. This got me thinking about how local wildlife might play a role in the understanding of wild life over seas. This could be the key to relating to the problem.
Although it is not a green project in its self the Leeds Festival has taken a lot of interesting precautions to lower their events carbon foot print. These could be more relivant at a later stage of the project.
The Real Junk Food Project
The concept was the original idea of Adam Smith a chef from Yorkshire who became preoccupied with the growing problem of wasted food after spending a year working on farms in Australia. Adam returned to Leeds and connected with Sam Joseph and Conor Walsh, two University students who had been exposed to supermarket waste for years, together their passion, energy and dedication created the first PAYF café in Armley, Leeds in December 2013. It has sparked the creation of a national organic network of similar caféâ€™s totalling over 40 that serve 100% food surplus on a strictly Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) basis. Over the past 12 months the projects have intercepted close to 50 tonnes of food and fed thousands of people. This is a collaborative effort to bring about a radical change in our food system.
Food waste is a problem that affects everyone day to day and is possibly worth looking at in greater detail. This initiative is a great example of something that people are already doing to help the environment at a local scale first, something people are much more likely to get involved in. Perhaps the next step is to look into ways that people can make a difference at a local level and implement this in our idea generating stage.