making sustainability key at Camden Council

From June 2006 to May 2010 Alexis Rowell was Eco Champion for the London Borough of Camden. His remit was to suggest ways to cut carbon out of the organisation's operations and to promote wider environmental sustainability in Camden. 

Alexis set up a Sustainability Task Force, comprising councillors concerned about climate change and peak oil, which acted like a Parliamentary Select Committee. Experts were invited to give presentations. The Task Force would then write reports and make recommendations to the council's Executive (now Cabinet). More than 75% of all the Task Force's substantive recommendations, of which there were more than 100, susbsequently became council policy.

He also wrote a book called "Communities, councils and carbon - what we can do if governments won't". It’s a blood, sweat and tears account of life as an elected eco warrior trying to encourage local government to work with communities to make the world a greener place.

Communities, councils and carbon