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Eight new sustainability leaders for London

Eight new London Leaders for 2012 have been chosen from across the capital to inspire more sustainable lives. The London Leaders initiative, now in its fifth year, aims to help make the capital a world leader in social, environmental and economic sustainability by 2020.

Selected by the London Sustainable Development Commission for their vision and ability to inspire others to lead greener and more socially responsible lives, the leaders will launch a series of flagship projects including a scheme to motivate espresso lovers to use waste coffee grounds for compost, an urban ‘pop-up’ natural play shop and a new smart phone app to reduce litter on our streets.

LSDC Chair John Plowman with London Leaders Andrew Dakers, Alo Raptopoulos, Maeve Carys McLoughlin, Paula Owen, Zoe Robinson, Deborah Rothenberg and Nigel Tyrell

Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomed the new cohort of London Leaders, which is backed by his volunteering initiative Team London:

“In this Olympic year London can really showcase to the world that it is one of the most sustainable cities on the planet. I welcome the new London Leaders to their role and congratulate them on having the vision and the drive to make a real difference in their communities. Practical leadership in sustainability will improve the quality of life for all Londoners in the years to come.”

The new London Leaders and their projects are:

  • Alo Raptopoulos – Cause You Can Workshops
    A series of after-school workshops for Primary school children in deprived boroughs. Performing arts’ training -culminating in live performances- is used to build confidence and character, with a view to create sustainable leadership and aid social cohesion.
  • Andrew Dakers – The Wex Factor
    Turning ‘work experience’ into work inspiration’ and helping young people make the right choices as they move from school into employment.
  • Maeve Carys McLoughlin – 600% Engagement
    Utilising the amazing creative resources London has to offer by helping to take environmental action to the next level, through engaging hearts and minds with creative, thought-provoking and upbeat communications.
  • Nigel Tyrell – Love Clean London App
    Using a smartphone app to improve the quality of life in London by encouraging volunteering, respect and responsibility for the environment. The app allows people to report any rubbish dumping or environmental damage quickly and easily to keep the city clean.
  • Paul Hocker – London Play’s ‘Pop-Up’ natural play shops
    Where outdoor play spaces are rare in the capital, these free to use high street locations will give children the chance to experience nature on their doorstep.
  • Paula Owen – Making London More Sustainable – One Game at a Time
    Using the idea of games to encourage people to change their behaviour and habits so they become more sustainable in their everyday lives, bringing fun to the challenge to be greener.
  • Zoe Robinson – The Good Wardrobe
    A sustainable fashion website helping Londoners to share information and prolong the life of their wardrobes: the antithesis of fast fashion.
  • Deborah Rothenberg – London GroundtoGround
    Mapping cafes and restaurants that give away their used coffee grounds and inspire latte lovers to use the grounds as compost for their plants.

John Plowman, the chair of the LSDC, wished the new Leaders all the best with their projects:

“We need people with vision and drive to lead sustainable change across London. This year’s Leaders have all of that in abundance and I look forward to seeing them succeed in their chosen projects in the coming 12 months.”

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