Why are we launching #SustainableXmas?

In March 2019 Leeds City Council declared a climate emergency and launched plans to minimise environmental, societal and economic impacts resulting from climate change. This project will increase understanding and support young people and businesses in Leeds to make this happen.


There is a lack of connection between young people and the city centre, with many students from inner city areas having never visited and remaining unaware of the career opportunities available to them. #SustainableXmas will give young people a better understanding and ownership of what Leeds city centre can offer.


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For Christmas 2019 we're launching #SustainableXmas with the support of Leeds City Council and three of the major shopping retail developers in the city; Hammerson, Landsec and Town Centre Securities. 

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#SustainableXmas will challenge Leeds secondary students to create their own initiative to help local businesses and their customers to use less resources this Christmas. Launching in October at Market Gravity, students will work with business volunteers from Victoria Leeds, Trinity Leeds and Merrion Centre to understand consumer behaviour, sustainability in business and community impact.

In November students will be pitching their ideas to a panel of industry judges in an exciting Dragons' Den-style final and winning ideas will be shared across social media and the businesses of Leeds.

Visit this page to find out how #SustainableXmas unfolds and get resources for your business...