11.6) By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality, municipal and other waste management
Goal 11’s ambition is to ensure cities are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable for future generations. In most cities, business already has some involvement at an infrastructure level. But in every case there’s more to give, with initiatives such as food surplus, small community grants and volunteering time of colleagues and customers ready to be activated by local people. Neighbourly is a digital match-maker that works with businesses to connect their expertise and resources to address many Goal 11 targets. For example, Neighbourly has connected all 560 Marks and Spencer stores in the UK to homeless charities, foodbanks, and schools in order to redistribute food surplus. In its first 6 months this programme’s environmental impact has been to save over 240 tonnes of food from landfill and reduce CO2 output by 120 tonnes. But more importantly it’s provided over 340,000 meals to vulnerable local people who would otherwise go hungry.