There are many initiatives that your community can become involved in to reduce your collective carbon emissions. Here are some of the most popular.
A transition town is a community group that comes together to develop local practical projects for a low-carbon future. These can include food, health, energy and much more. Each transition town is unique, with its own creative initiatives for reducing the local carbon footprint.
Green Communities is a programme from the Energy Saving Trust that aims to support, facilitate and promote community-based energy projects. It includes free training and advice focused on project planning and funding, technical support and a website of resources.
This competition aims to motivate communities to reduce energy usage, cut carbon emissions and generate renewable energy from local sources, with the chance to win a prize worth up to £100,000 to invest in your community.
British Gas will provide the funding, support and technical expertise to community groups. This will help develop and implement innovative ideas around saving energy or generating energy from local, renewable sources.
The Greening Campaign is a way of showing what steps you are taking to reduce your carbon footprint and motivating other people to do the same.
Take a Greening Campaign information card, which lists the ways you can save energy in the home and at work. Once you have taken a number of these actions, mark the card and display it in a front window of your home. This creates a powerful visual aid, and allows estimates to be made of the amount of CO2 the community has saved. It gives all members of the community a sense that they have contributed through small, inexpensive actions.
The Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) has produced a well researched booklet to support its Three Tonne Club. This provides step-by-step advice on how to reduce your carbon emissions from the average of 13 tonnes to the 3 tonne ideal. It provides in-depth information and ideas on reducing your individual footprint as well as ideas for collective action.
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