The first event saw city leaders, academics and experts working together to create a road map to deliver the circular vision. Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council outlined Peterborough's aspiration and delegates heard from two city organisations who already embrace the circular concept: Skanska and Peterborough Reuse. Peterborough Reuse secured funding from the Peterborough DNA programme to divert large quantities of coffee sacks from landfill, riverbank reinforcement and a range of textile products such as shopping bags.
The city's young people were represented by students from Arthur Mellows Village College and Thomas Deacon Academy who presented their ideas for a circular city at the Smart Supper event held at the University Centre Peterborough. Three teams presented ideas ranging from reusing construction waste, creating bio-fuels from urban mining and manufacturing high end designer clothes from charity shop cast offs. 65 city professionals judged the presentations over supper, in a high energy, thought provoking evening.
The winning team, Green Construction from Arthur Mellows Village College, will be provided business support to help develop their idea of working with housing developers, recycling waste building materials and re-using it to building green areas across the city.
The week closed with an on-line Swap-it session where businesses met to share and swap underused products, skills and resource.
Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough and Director of Peterborough DNA said, "This is an exciting evolution in our Smart Cities Programme. Our vision to become the UK's First Circular City will put Peterborough right at the front of smart city thinking, re-enforcing our aspiration to make Peterborough a fantastic place to live and work. However, to achieve that vision, we need collaboration on a city-wide scale, with representatives from business, schools, communities as well as city Institutions. This week long series of events aimed to kick-start thinking and collaboration to create a road map for success. The feedback, commitment and enthusiasm in the city has been incredible and has helped us formulate a clear plan to how achieve our vision."