A big (BIG) Thank you….

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors in this curious adventure. They are all businesses and organisations that genuinely care about this stuff so I can heartily recommend you click on their links below to find out more…..

ARUP (www.arup.com) sponsored 3 films:
Arup is a global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants. Operating in 37 countries, Arup is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable building initiatives. Key projects include the world’s first eco-city in Dongtan, near Shanghai in China, and BedZED, an innovative development demonstrating zero-carbon residential life in the UK. Sheffield was one of the first cities where Arup established an office and there has always been a dedication to the environment and local community. Sustainability is at the heart of the Arup ethos, with years of commitment into enabling buildings to have a smaller environmental footprint.

PRINTING.COM (www.printing.com) sponsored 2 films:

“Our business works because we’re as efficient as possible. We use as few resources as we can. Fewer resources mean less waste. And what’s more, we’ve been operating in this way long before it became fashionable to do so. Quite simply, we’re the leaders of the pack. So it made sense to get involved in Sheffield’s first environmental film festival, with PRINTING.COM providing 100% recycled promotional materials for the festival.”

The following organisations all sponsored one film each:

GREEN ESTATE (www.greenestate.org.uk)
The idea was pretty simple – if the relationship between the land and people were made to work again, just as they would in a country estate, we could bring life back to the green deserts and make the green environment a valued and productive asset. Making an inner city estate as attractive and successful as say, the Chatsworth Estate, is perhaps a slightly large ambition but every year the goal doesn’t seem quite so far off.

LEEDS CITY COUNCIL (www.leeds.gov.uk)

Climate change is becoming increasing important to the city and is now a key part of both the Leeds Strategic Plan and Council Business Plan. We have been working in partnership with organisations across the city to develop a city-wide Climate Change Strategy, due to be published this autumn. A draft is available on the Leeds Initiative website.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD (www.sheffield.ac.uk)

Research into aspects of climate change – its causes and effects and how they might be mitigated – is a key area of the University’s research. This is demonstrated by the fact that of the University’s nine Interdisciplinary Research Networks, two concern climate change – one focuses on Energy, another on Global Environmental Change.

MORE! PRODUCTIONS (www.moreproductions.co.uk)

More! produce ‘plays in a day’ with young people. Our plays currently are Celebration of Life, Go Global and Do Yourself Justice. We are in the development stages of a new piece of work entitled ‘The Moving Environment’ which aims to look at how young people interact with the world around them. The Reduction Festival Film will help us to research the topic.

CARE4AIR (www.care4air.org)

The campaign aims to raise awareness of air quality issues and highlight what is happening in the region to improve the quality of our air. In particular, Care4Air aims to provide individuals, organisations, schools and businesses with information that will enable them to ‘do their bit’ and improve air quality.

SHEFFIELD INDEPENDENT FILM (www.sifmedia.org.uk)

Sheffield Independent Film Ltd (SIF) provides professional support and services to practitioners and audiences of the moving image. Our services include hire of our multi-purpose studio space as well rental of our comprehensive equipment production offices and conference facilities. We also provide production and technical consultancy in addition to media skills training.

SHEFFIELD COMMUNITY RENEWABLES (www.sheffieldcommunityrenewables.org.uk)

Sheffield Community Renewables (SCR) is a local voluntary group. We support and develop renewable energy projects in and around Sheffield. We are particularly interested in approaches, which benefit local people in addition to direct carbon savings. We are exploring various potential community scale schemes. We are also working with schools to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

NATURAL ENGLAND (www.naturalengland.org.uk)

Natural England works for people, places and nature to conserve and enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas. We conserve and enhance the natural environment for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people, and the economic prosperity it brings.

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER REGIONAL SKILLS PARTNERSHIP (www.yhrsp.com)
The RSP is concerned with ensuring that the ‘demands’ for skills from Businesses, Communities and Individuals are matched by the ‘suppliers’ of skills development (Education and Training providers) and are supported by the agencies/ organisations that fund or invest in skills training. Essentially the RSP aims to ensure that the Leitch Review is implemented in this region.

PEOPLE PROFIT PLANET (www.ppp-online.co.uk)

Using innovative methods of coaching and training PeopleProfitPlanet engages all staff in the environmental challenges we face. Using employees own ideas and energy they are guided to focus on what everyone can do to have a valuable impact on their organisation and the environment. This supports the organisations environmental policy making and so helping the individuals and employer on their green journey.

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM (www.yhref.org.uk)

YHREF is the environmental knowledge and advocacy network for the Yorkshire & Humber region. It is a collective of most major public and voluntary sector organisations in the region that have an interest in the environment. YHREF offers a space for those organisations to get together and develop consensus around key issues and how to improve the decisions that affect the environment.

THE ARCHIPELAGO WORKS (www.archipelago-art.co.uk)

The Archipelago Works, in an old cutlery factory in the heart of Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter, is the home to an innovative art factory, incorporating digital and silkscreen studios, framemaking, and galleries for contemporary printmaking and painting.

All of the sponsors have also been very kind in helping to spread the word about Reduction so, once again, we salute you…

HOPE TO SEE YOU OVER THE WEEKEND!

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