Happy 20th Birthday, Peterborough Environment City Trust!

Peterborough Environment City Trust 20th Birthday LogoPeterborough Environment City Trust celebrates its 20th birthday on Wednesday 27th November 2013.

At a special event for businesses, supporters and partners, the city’s sustainable charity will don party hats as they look back over two decades of success and achievements.

2013 marks 20 years since PECT was founded, and the city’s reputation for sustainable development continues to grow. Thanks to the work of PECT and its partners, Peterborough is becoming known for ground-breaking sustainability work of local, regional and national significance.

PECT’s Chief Executive Rachel Huxley said, “20 years ago, Peterborough cemented its commitment to becoming a more sustainable city. Today, thanks to our partners, supporters, volunteers and projects, PECT has helped the city drive its sustainability vision and gain the recognition it deserves.

“In our 20th year, it’s a great opportunity to review all that has been achieved and look at how Peterborough has grown and adapted. We now have the Green Wheel, over 1,000 businesses have joined the Investors in the Environment accreditation scheme, and we are now taking extra steps to tackle fuel poverty. These are just the beginning of a long list of highlights.

“This celebration was really a time to say thank you for all of the support, and to lay the foundations for the next 20 years.”

Peterborough Environment City Trust’s Key Achievements

  • 1993 – PECT founded in response to Peterborough’s designation as one of four UK Environment Cities.
  • 1994 – The Peterborough Environment and Energy Advice Centre was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales.
  • 1997 – Phase 1 of the Green Wheel began with negotiations with landowners to secure the rights of way across their land that spanned more than three-quarters of the route.
  • 2000 – The Green Wheel opened.
  • 2005 – The Eastex scheme saved businesses over £300,000 and diverted over 5,000 tonnes of materials away from landfill.
  • 2008 – Peterborough became a Zero Waste place following a joint project between PECT and Queensgate.
  • 2009 – Warm Homes Peterborough tackled fuel poverty in the city. 1,500 households received advice on reducing energy consumption and reducing fuel bills.
  • 2012 – Over 1,000 businesses have joined Investors in the Environment to take advantage of the money saving advice on offer.
  • 2013 – Over 26,000 pupils are involved in environmental education and over 90{8199157a03996f1a7ab1d1caf6f45edc473a1d2aec9e8517e0f1549d1671dba4} of Peterborough schools are engaged in ‘greening’ their building.

The celebration event takes place at the Ormiston Bushfield Academy, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th November 2013. The event will be held immediately after the Trust’s annual general meeting.


Media Contact: Ryan Hyman, Athene Communications, 01733 207338 or [email protected]

Media Opportunity: All media are invited to attend the celebration event at Ormiston Bushfield Academy, Ortongate, Peterborough PE2 5RQ on Wednesday 27th November 2013 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. There will be a number of activities and stalls on the evening, and a formal cake cutting celebration will take place at 6.45pm.

Notes to Editor

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is a charity set up following Peterborough’s designation as a UK Environment City in 1992. PECT carries out research and implements practical projects to protect and improve the environment.  Our mission at PECT is to lead and support the city in delivering growth and regeneration in a truly environmentally sustainable way.  As a successful charity we work with a wide variety of stakeholders to make a difference for our environment – through innovation, enterprise and commitment to action on the ground. PECT has a strong track record of delivering projects of regional and national significance. It has a staff of 35 working on initiatives from green spaces to business environmental management to sustainable communities and lifestyles.