A Manchester City Councillor has been celebrated for her contributions to green policies and championing sustainability.
Last night (December 1) at the Cllr Awards, hosted by the LGIU and CCLA Good Investment Cllr Angeliki Stogia won the Environment and Sustainability Pioneer Award.
This award recognises the strides taken by Cllr Stogia to affect a cultural change around environmentalism and sustainability, as well as delivering new and innovative green strategies.
Working as Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport between 2017-21, Cllr Stogia saw the implementation of ambitious programmes across Manchester aimed at cutting emissions and encouraging more people to use low-carbon modes of transport.
It was under Cllr Stogia that in July 2019 Manchester City Council declared a climate emergency, setting a goal for the city to be zero carbon by 2038 – 12 years ahead of the Government’s own target of 2050.
A key pillar of this aim was the launch of the City Centre Transport Strategy. This strategy outlined the Council’s ambition that by 2040, 90 per cent of journeys to the city centre during the morning peak will be done by walking, cycling or public transport.
Also during the period plans were also set in motion to develop the Civic Quarter Heat Network – a network that redistributes electricity to provide hot water and heating to buildings in the city centre – and continue the roll out of the Bee Network, a wide ranging network of cycle lanes connecting swathes of Manchester.
Speaking after receiving her reward, Cllr Stogia said: “I’m incredibly grateful to have received this award. In Manchester there has been a huge collective effort to address the all too real threat posed by climate change. We have seen a huge commitment from people and organisations across the city, from our transport partners, our exceptional Council officers and ward members, all pulling in the same direction.
“This will not be an easy process and will not happen overnight, but I feel privileged to have played a small part in setting Manchester on the course to zero carbon, and securing a future which is healthy, green and socially just.”
Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment said: “Angeliki played a key role in setting out the principles which will steer the Council’s environmental policies for the next decade and beyond. This award is a wonderful testament of her work and I’m thrilled that she’s been recognised on this national stage."