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Jacqi Hodgson

Town Mayor, Totnes

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Community development and environmental advisor. I hold a degree in Earth Science and my work has mainly focussed around sustainability issues and the Local Agenda 21 model. I have worked on community engagement projects with Friends of the Earth Ireland, Cork Environmental Forum and more recently Transition Town Totnes where I coordinated the Energy Descent Action Plan project. I bring this expertise and experience to my work as a Town Councillor, in particular our work in Neighbourhood Planning.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

As a Transition Town Council we wish to support locally based initiatives for greater sustainability that will reduce the town’s dependence on carbon fuels and increase our resilience to rising energy costs.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Totnes and surrounding parishes

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

The opportunity to become a good example of a Town Council supporting local society in transition towards a resilient community.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

I believe that good leadership is based on a vision for equality and social and environmental justice. This requires setting a good example and working closely with the local community as stewards for sustainability to ensure a safe environment for future generations.