How you can help
- Are you involved in running a group in your local community?
- Are you interested in energy efficiency or renewable energy that could save your group money and help protect the environment?
- Or are you thinking of starting a community group to install a renewable energy project?
If so, then this information is for you. It includes details of how community groups can get involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and the assistance that is available.
.The Council has launched our first energy and climate change strategy called "Calderdale's Energy Future". It contains actions towards reducing our districts energy demand, saving costs and protecting the environment. Community involvement is key to its success and we want to help your community deal with the challenges of delivering energy efficiency or renewable projects.
To register interest or to let us know how you are getting on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips and hints for community groups
- Address climate change issues at your group meetings and events
For instance you could include a Tip of the Week / Month in newsletters or on notice boards.
Friends of the Earth| can provide a email updates giving tips for greener living.
- Share journeys
If your group sometimes travels to different venues, for example for sports matches, think about whether you can arrange to meet up with other members beforehand and share the journey, rather than driving alone.
- Remind people to save energy
Free posters and stickers to remind people to save energy and reduce their waste are available from the The Carbon Trust|. You could put posters up in your meeting space, or give out stickers at community events.
- Hold an energy efficiency event with speakers to spread the word in your community
Possible speakers could come from the Energy Saving Trust, Metro|, or the Council's Housing Energy Action Team.
- Spread the word
Promote your good news stories through the local newspapers?
- Take advantage of free or discounted cavity wall and loft insulation
Identify whether any of your group members are eligible. See Calderdale home insulation scheme.
Case Study: Cragg Vale Carbon Neutral Group
The village of Cragg Vale has a Carbon Neutral Group, comprised of residents who are concerned about climate change and keen to do something locally to address this global issue.
Their long term aim is to make Cragg Vale carbon neutral, and they hope to achieve this by helping individuals and community projects to reduce their emissions, and by develop renewable energy projects and 'carbon sinks' such as new woodlands. The group have already drawn in a range of funding for local improvements.
For more information about the work of the Cragg Vale Carbon Neutral Group visit Cragg Vale Carbon Neutral Group|.
To register your community group with the Council, email email@example.com. We are very interested in finding out how you are getting on and how you encourage your group to ‘be green'.
Energy Saving Trust|
More information about the Green Communities programme. The South and West Yorkshire office offers free talks and seminars on energy saving. You can also call the Trust on 0800 512 012.
Friends of the Earth|
The national environmental charity offers a free daily email service with handy tips for saving energy at home and at work.
The Carbon Trust|
You can order free posters and stickers online to promote energy saving activities in your community.
The West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive provides information about buses and trains operating across the county.
Cragg Vale Carbon Neutral Group|
Find out more about the work of this community group in tackling the local causes of climate change.
Big Lottery Fund|
Another Big Lottery Fund initiative, providing grants to help improve the quality and use of local green spaces. Telephone: 0845 410 20 30.