Latest news and events from Cross River Partnership and our partners.
World Environmental Health Day!
26th September 2020 has been declared as World Environmental Health Day by the International Federation of Environmental Health. The key theme for this year is disease pandemic prevention which is particularly important now more than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental health practitioners play a pivotal role, in disaster preparedness and response, investigating outbreaks of infectious diseases, prevention of spread of […]
Mayor to commission major new research into future of central London
The Mayor of London has announced a major new piece of research into the future challenges and opportunities facing central London and the Canary Wharf area, which have both suffered a sudden and rapid reduction in footfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor has commissioned the research to help City Hall and its partners understand the emerging trends […]
European Mobility Week 2020
From London to Lahti, 2,758 cities in 49 countries across Europe (and the world) will be putting a spotlight on zero-emission transport and mobility strategies to improve air quality and contribute to healthier cities, as part of European Mobility Week 2020. This is taking place from 16th – 22nd September 2020. London are continuing to be part of this by encouraging active travel options by […]
Reducing Air Pollution could boost UK Economy by £1.6bn a year
A new study produced by CBI Economics, on behalf of the Clean Air Fund, has said 3 million working days are lost every single year because of air pollution. According to the report, improving air pollution targets in line with World Health Organisation guidelines could not only prevent 17,000 premature deaths every single year, but it could also […]
Sails are up: Clean Air Villages manoeuvres forwards!
Business and community engagement is in full swing, with our team recruiting volunteers for the City of London Air Quality Ambassador Programme, advising businesses in Haringey on zero emission deliveries, consulting with businesses in Richmond about a cargo bike scheme, training ‘citizen scientists’ at King’s College Hospital, advising small businesses in Fitzrovia about preferred supplier and consolidation schemes, promoting […]
Showing London in a new light
CRP is excited to support a new project – Lighting London – led by Centre for London, which will explore how councils, developers and landlords can make the capital’s streets and public spaces more inviting and interesting at night, while reducing the city’s carbon footprint. The research will build on the Illuminated River project which is lighting up central London’s Thames bridges in a new […]
CRP’s practical steps towards zero emissions urban logistics – World Car Free Day Summit 2020
CRP was delighted to present a practical workshop at this year’s virtual international World Car Free Day Summit. The session demonstrated examples of low emission freight strategies that businesses can implement across their operations, to not only improve air quality for urban areas, but also increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and develop more robust future-proof methods of delivery. From last mile deliveries and consolidation, to cycle freight and fleet electrification, the […]
SEUL wins big at the Global Good Awards 2020!
Here at CRP, we and our partners truly embed sustainability and innovation across all of our projects, past and present. We are delighted to be recognised at this year’s Global Good Awards 2020, with our Smart Electric Urban Logistics (SEUL) project, delivered in collaboration with UPS and UK Power Networks, picking up not one, but two awards! The Silver Technology for Good Award – recognising technology products that have […]
Have a listen to our first HSE Podcast: How the Hackney School Streets Hotline has helped to Implement School Streets!
The Healthy Streets Everyday (HSE) Programme is pleased to release our very first podcast! Have a listen to Joseph Lindsay from Lambeth Council talking to CRP’s Fiona Coull about his experiences of using the Hackney School Streets Hotline! Listen here! The hotline service has actively helped several Local Authorities with the implementation of school streets, including Haringey, Bromley, Richmond, Brent and Lambeth. As the service enters its final few weeks of operation, we encourage booking a 30 minute time slot in advance of the hotline’s weekly […]
Cities Responding to COVID-19
London is leading the way with other global cities in learning to live with COVID-19. No stone is being left unturned in terms of keeping communities safe, supporting a #greenrecovery and innovating for growth. CRP is working with its partners to get Londoners moving safely and actively through Transport for London’s Streetspace programme, to diversify small businesses sustainably (London’s 16 Defra-funded Clean Air Villages), and […]
CRP’s next LiveShare session
Join us at our next LiveShare session on 24th September, 2:15pm – ‘Better Prepared: Lessons Learnt from the COVID-19 Crisis’. We are extremely pleased to be joined by Professor Tony Travers, London School of Economics, who will be focusing on the economic and financial aspect of London’s COVID-19 recovery, in comparison to other urban areas. Emerging from this Coronavirus crisis, improved air quality […]
What will happen?
As Londoners get back to school, college, university, nursery, work after the summer break, we all have so many questions: How can I keep my family safe? What will office working look like? Should the tube be for freight as well as passengers? How am I going to socialise and have fun? Will London’s local centres see […]
International Day of Clean Air and Blue Skies
As of 2020, the United Nations have designated 7th September as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies! The day came about after recognising the impact of clean air on our health and acknowledging the importance of raising public awareness on the topic. The UN recognise air pollution as a two-fold problem, impacting on […]
London Green Spaces Commission: Next Steps Workshop
The last few months have highlighted how important our parks and green spaces are, whilst shining a light on the need for inequalities to be addressed. Last week, CRP joined the London Green Spaces Commission workshop, for an opportunity to comment on the recent report, which recommends how boroughs can be helped to develop, strengthen […]
Air Quality Monitoring Begins on GPS Anglia
After delays caused by the national lockdown, the Clean Air Thames project is back on track, with monitoring now taking place on GPS Anglia, a 23 meter inland tug, owned and operated by GPS Marine Contractors Ltd, which works along the tidal Thames. Mechanical Engineering PhD students, Christopher Ogbunuzor and Zuhaib Ali Khan from University College London boarded the vessel on 3rd September to undertake exhaust […]
Cycling to Work: Safety First
As some London offices begin to reopen, cycling can be a great choice for those returning to the workplace. Heart of London Business Alliance has produced a short guide for employees on cycling tips and support, including information on free Dr Bike maintenance sessions taking place throughout September, as well as a comprehensive outdoor cycle parking map for the […]
Charging Ahead: World EV Day
With World EV Day ahead of us, the plethora of benefits offered by an electric transport system is non-negligible. The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on our air quality has been a successful public service announcement in bringing attention to the health of our lungs and environment alike. As the 2035 target is fast approaching, […]
Clean Air Villages: September Update
The Clean Air Villages team are now underway with virtual business engagement, to understand how we can support with business recovery from COVID-19. Across all 16 village areas, we are contacting businesses to work out how best to support new initiatives including changes to businesses having delivery services. If you are a business in Haringey, Wimbledon, Richmond, […]
New Clean Air Routes to be developed as part of CAV3
Some streets have cleaner air than others, and we can all reduce our exposure to air pollution by considering how we get from A to B. CRP’s Clean Air Route Finder is designed to help you find a healthier way to reach your destination. To understand clean air routes in action, take a look at London’s original clean air walking […]
Car Free Day Summit
Don’t miss the World Car Free Day Summit 2020! As cities around the world go car free to enable safe social distancing, now is a great time to be discussing future car free cities and a green recovery. With many Car Free Day activities being held safely online, CRP have contributed to a Digital Workshop […]
LiveShare – Re-Energise Your Business: Diversifying in Response to COVID-19
Join our next online, interactive learning session on Thursday 10th September, 2pm! Tune in for information on re-energising your business and diversifying in response to COVID-19. We will be joined by Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive of the UK’s Association of Town & City Management, and Louise Abbotts, BID Manager at InStreatham BID, to discuss the steps you can […]
Air Quality Ambassadors – Launching Now!
Cross River Partnership is excited to introduce our first-ever Air Quality Ambassador programme! As part of Clean Air Villages 3, we are working with the City of London Corporation on a community–focused Ambassador programme, which aims to educate, engage and empower City of London residents and employees on everything related to air quality. The AQ Ambassador programme is open to residents and employees of the […]
Funding opportunity updates
Stronger Communities Fund The final round of Stronger Communities funding will support sport and physical activity projects tackling levels of loneliness and social isolation that have increased due to the COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing measures. Read more and apply. Back to Business Fund The Mayor of London‘s £1m Back to Business Fund offers up […]
Grow Back Greener – the Mayor of London’s new fund NOW OPEN!
Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are now open to civil society organisations and local authorities to deliver projects across London that will improve and create green spaces, green the built environment, and help adapt to climate change. Examples could include improving parks, creating community gardens, cleaning up nature reserves and waterways, installing sustainable drainage, […]
It is OK not to be OK
We all need to prioritise looking after our own health and wellbeing first so that we are then able to look after loved ones, friends and colleagues. CRP’s accountable body, Westminster City Council, recognises the value of ensuring that the emotional wellbeing of staff is of utmost importance and have implemented departmental Wellbeing Pioneers as part of the commitment to the Healthy Workplace Charter. The Wellbeing Pioneers […]
Totally Thames 2020
The Totally Thames 2020 programme is now live! From 1-30th September 2020 the festival is celebrating the River Thames with arts events, active adventures, environmental initiatives, heritage and education programmes. Get involved! Rivers of the World is teaming up schools and artists from around the world to bring children together, creating art about the rivers they love and at the same time learning about […]
The Clean Air Villages project pedals forwards
Clean Air Walking Routes are being developed for each of the village areas. These routes will offer alternative A to B walking journeys that result in reduced exposure to pollutants and some will direct people past places of interest and / or shops. CRP’s CAV team are speaking with businesses and organisations local to the villages in order to find out how operations have […]
New LiveShare – ‘Keeping Our Air Clean: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility’
Join us for CRP’s next online, interactive LiveShare session THIS THURSDAY at 2pm! We will be joined by the London wide Idling Action campaign to discuss the steps you can take as an individual or business to help improve air pollution in your local area. We will also hear from CleanCar who will be sharing their innovative tool informing users of sustainable alternatives to combustion engine vehicles, promoting […]
Healthy Streets Everyday’s School Streets Hotline is busier than ever!
As September quickly approaches and children start preparing to return to school, many local authorities across London have been busy implementing School Streets. As a result, the Hackney School Streets Hotline provided by CRP’s Healthy Streets Everyday (HSE) project, has been busier than ever! The Hackney School Streets Hotline is a free telephone service aimed at helping HSE Partners and London Boroughs to design and implement successful School Streets. In July, the Hotline service was extended and made available to ALL London Boroughs, helping to provide tailored one-to-one support as well as […]
Celebrating Car Free Day 2020
Car Free Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 22nd of September 2020 globally and on Sunday 20th September 2020 in London. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the plans for a number of Car Free Day events around the world, however, there will still be great opportunities to promote walking and cycling and playing outside through […]