MERCi was set up in 1996 by a group of Manchester campaigners who were frustrated by the lack of support, positive vision and available resources to make Manchester a sustainable city.

MERCi (pronounced 'murky') actually stands for Manchester Environmental Resource Centre initiative, so called because of our first project Bridge 5 Mill, our Centre for Sustainable Living. However, as we are now much more than just Bridge 5 Mill (although it is still is an essential part of our vision for a sustainable future) we just call ourselves MERCi.

The history of grassroots campaigning in Manchester is a long and successful one. People taking action, separate from established membership groups, have achieved a great deal in the city and beyond. In the 1990's the groups working for a better Manchester were very active, but even amongst the 'activists' single issue campaigning still seemed to dominate the agenda and no one seemed to be talking about the links between poverty and energy or food and well-being. here was also little communication between these diverse groups and no real sharing of resources, support, ideas and skills. From these identified 'gaps' grew the idea for Bridge 5 Mill and the Environment Network for Manchester. The rest as they say is history!

Both Bridge 5 Mill and the Environment Network have grown since they were set up and other projects have been added to our delivery of 'ideas into action'. As we continue on our journey towards a sustainable future we plan to develop other exciting, innovative and community-led programmes of work. If you have an idea or would like to work in partnership with us please contact the Executive Director - details are on the Contact Us page.

Building the top floor conference venue
Building the straw bale reception room
The original directors and the building team
The conference space completed
Manchesters' most sustainable venue