Measures to reduce Sunderland's carbon footprint over the next five years have been unveiled.
The aim of Sunderland City Council's Carbon Plan is to reduce its carbon emissions by 10% by March 2012, with the council's annual energy bill predicted to rise by £2m if nothing is done.
Proposals contained in the plan range from tackling energy consumption in buildings and street lighting to transport and commuting which are all aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
Bus trial stays
A TRIAL of a bus link between County Durham, Newcastle and the MetroCentre is to be extended.
The four-month trial of the X27 between Sedgefield and shops on Tyneside was due to end next Wednesday but Durham County Council has provided funds for the trial to continue for another two months.
The current link runs on Monday and Wednesday but from May 2 it will change to Wednesday and Friday until June 22.
THE Gateshead Housing Company has been shortlisted for two national awards.
The company recently entered the National Business Awards and the Communicators in Business Awards to promote the work of its HomeChoice scheme and young persons' website at www.mypadgateshead.co.uk.
It is also a finalist in the Communicators in Business Awards Best Public Sector Website category for its innovative young persons' website.
A POSITIVE view of childhood leukaemia and the extraordinary courage of children is captured in paintings coming to County Durham soon.
Living with Leukaemia is a sensitive exploration of the illness by Susan Macfarlane that goes on show at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery at Aykley Heads from April 28 until June 3.
Music at park
VISITORS to Gateshead's Saltwell Park Show will be getting an extra treat this weekend, with musicians from all over Europe giving surprise performances around the park.
A group of 35 musicians called La Bande Europa will be giving their first world performance, and folk artists include hurdy gurdy maestro Pascal Lefeuvre, trombonist John Kenny and bass clarinetist Dick Lea. For more details contact Gateshead Council Events Team on (0191) 433-6912.