100,000,000 steps walked over six weeks for the first Safer Greener Healthier walking challenge

Mon, 28/03/2022 - 14:49

The first Safer, Greener, Healthier walking challenge launched by Essex County Council (ECC) in collaboration with walking app Go Jauntly on 10th January saw 628 people join the challenge.

This resulted in nearly 100,000,000 (one hundred million) steps being taken during the six-week period, the equivalent of 50,000 miles.

Participants signed up to walk 3,000 steps a day and the challenge received broad support across Essex with Chelmsford, Colchester and Brentwood having the most participants sign-up.

Tree dedicated to Essex eco-champion at showcase nature recovery project

Fri, 11/02/2022 - 10:03

The Head of Climate Adaptation and Mitigation at Essex County Council, John Meehan, has been recognised as one of 26 UK-wide unsung eco champions who is taking pioneering action to tackle climate change and reverse nature’s decline.

Highway Code changes reflect Essex County Council’s Safer, Greener, Healthier active travel campaign

Fri, 04/02/2022 - 18:21

People walking and cycling in Essex now have priority travel on roads and junctions after important changes to the Highway Code came into force on Saturday 29th January.

Enjoy a zero waste Valentine’s with these Essex-based businesses

Thu, 27/01/2022 - 14:28

From chocolate boxes to bunches of flowers, many Valentine’s gifts ultimately end up in the bin, contributing to the 45.8m tonnes of waste sent to UK landfills each year.

New chair of Essex Climate Action Commission signals action to reduce emissions in county

Thu, 25/11/2021 - 11:51

Professor Jules Pretty of the University of Essex is announced as new Chair of the Essex Climate Action Commission, the independent, voluntary body set up as part of Essex County Council’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis and become a net zero emissions county.

Work for the Essex Climate Action Commisson - Kickstart role now available

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 16:51

Essex County Council is looking for a Kickstart Communications Officer to work with the Essex Climate Action Commission communications team. If you're passionate about a career in communications and the environment, this is a brilliant place to start.

You can apply for the role here.

About the role

Kickstart - Communications Officer

Fixed Term, Part Time

National Minimum Wage

Location: Chelmsford

Essex unites in sending climate action messages to world leaders to mark start of COP26

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 15:27

Community, business and political leaders from across Essex joined together to discuss climate action and send handwritten and video messages to world leaders as part of ‘The Electric Road to COP26’ event at GRIDSERVE® Electric Forecourt in Braintree on Friday 29 October.

Essex set to become safer, greener and healthier

Tue, 02/11/2021 - 09:41

Exciting new measures to make it easier for residents to walk or cycle have been given the green light today following a decision by Essex County Council.

The new schemes are all part of ECC’s ambition for Essex to become safer, greener and healthier by making it easier and safer for residents to walk or cycle, reducing traffic congestion, cutting air pollution and improving residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.

“Love it Here, Don’t Leave it Here” – litter-picking equipment now available for residents to borrow in Essex

Wed, 27/10/2021 - 17:12

Essex County Council (ECC) — in collaboration with district, borough and city councils —has launched a new countywide campaign to tackle litter in parks, green spaces and high streets.

The “Love it Here, Don’t Leave it Here” campaign will encourage residents to dispose of litter correctly, or take rubbish home with them.   

Residents can now borrow litter-picking equipment for free from their local council, library or country park. Residents can also borrow equipment from local sports clubs, thanks to funding from Active Essex’s ‘Find Your Active’ campaign and Love Essex.