Today, Thursday 12 June, it is announced that Jane Stephenson has joined the Board of Directors for Bristol 2015 Ltd., the new company established to facilitate Bristol’s year as a European Green Capital. Bristol is the first ever UK city to win this award, and was announced as the 2015 winner in Nantes, the 2013 European Green Capital hosts, last June after a tightly-fought contest. European Green Capital is a prestigious annual award designed to promote and reward the efforts of cities to improve the environment. The award is the result of an initiative taken by 15 European cities (Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius, Berlin, Warsaw, Madrid, Ljubljana, Prague, Vienna, Kiel, Kotka, Dartford, Tartu and Glasgow) and the Association of Estonian cities on 15 May 2006 in Tallinn, Estonia. Their green vision was translated into a joint Memorandum of Understanding establishing an award to recognise cities that are leading the way with environmentally friendly urban living. Jane has over 30 years’ experience working at a senior level in resource management and has led the development of Bristol-based Resource Futures since its inception in 2006. During this time, she has pioneered the development of community engagement to change people’s perceptions and attitudes to waste, resulting in increased recycling and re-use of materials across many local authority areas including Bristol and Bath. Commenting on her appointment, Jane said: “I am thrilled to have been asked to join the Bristol 2015 Board. This is a really exciting time for Bristol, one of the UK’s core cities, and to really get environmental issues on the national conscience in a way that delivers practical solutions so that we can move into a sustainable lifestyle.” “It is important that our work in 2015 does not end on 30th December and is used as a platform for change. This requires grass roots engagement, which I am passionate about, and I hope to contribute to in Bristol 2015’s delivery plan.” Kris Donaldson, CEO of Bristol 2015 Ltd. said: “I am delighted Jane has joined the Board of Bristol 2015 Ltd. and we look forward to the wealth of experience that she will bring to the governance and direction of the Bristol 2015 programme. Creating a platform for positive change, and influencing attitudes and behaviour, is a key goal for Bristol 2015, making Jane’s breadth of experience in community engagement invaluable.” Resource Futures is an independent environmental consultancy business with a focus on high quality collection and expert analysis and interpretation of data to guide clients in the efficient use of material resources and on the delivery of innovative behaviour change programmes.