News & Announcements
Congratulations to all the winners of this year‘s Green Footprints Awards, which were announced at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport on Friday 4th April. Well done to all fifteen shortlisted projects; we hope you had a wonderful evening. And many, many thanks to our sponsors - Radisson Blu Hotel; Quadrant Event Productions; Stephenson College; National Forest Company; Ourplace.
Almost half (48%) of the British public would describe themselves as energy conscious at home, whereas only 20% would say the same about their behaviour in the workplace, according to new research.The results of a survey, by OnePoll and electrical supplies distributor Rexel, reveals that this apparent “split personality" around energy usage is highlighted by the differences in their concern for energy wastage.
More than 70% claim that they are concerned about wasting energy at home, whilst only 43% worry about wastage at work.
.. to the fifteen projects that have been shortlisted for this year‘s Green Footprints Awards. Three projects have been shortlisted in each of five categories:
- Children & Young People
- Partnerships & Community Groups
- Sustainable Urban Design
The winners will be announced at a glittering dinner as part of the annual Civic Ball at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, on Friday 4th April. Come back soon to find out who wins!
Are you a local community group and need support with your projects? Are you a local business and want to help support local groups and give something back?
Then join us at a very informal ‘Give and Gain' event at Stephenson College on Thursday 27th March, from 6-8pm. We‘re linking in with the national ‘Give and Gain' initiative that is run by Business in the Community. Lots of local community groups have already signed up to attend. Why not come along and find out more? This event is free and there is absolutely no commitment on any sides by coming along on the evening.
Formula E, the FIA’s new global electric racing series, has announced that its new headquarters and team facilities will be based within the grounds of the Donington Park Racing Circuit in the UK.
Formula E is a new FIA Championship using electric single-seater race cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. Beginning this September in Beijing, the series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world‘s leading cities including London, Miami and Rio de Janeiro. Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans whilst accelerating the electric vehicle market and promoting sustainability.
It‘s time to start planning for Climate Week - eight weeks from now on 3-9 March 2014. It is Britain‘s largest climate change campaign, with half a million people attending over 3,000 events each year.
Climate Week is about how people can live and work more sustainably, and you can run any kind of event or activity you wish. There are lots of ways to get involved: Climate Week Challenge for schools and workplaces; Climate Week Swap Shop; Climate Week Awards, etc.
RSPB Garden Birdwatch - Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th January
Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That‘s why it‘s so important to take part in surveys like the Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.
All you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 25-26 January counting the birds in your garden. 590,000 people took part last year and counted an amazing 8.2 million birds. Let‘s try and beat that this year!
The Friends of Thringstone have recorded a bumper haul of rubbish during 2013. Nita Pearson, Chairman of the Group, said:
“I did not officially record the stats for January 2013, but can tell you that from February through to today, we have collected and removed 1,673 bags of litter from our village, of which 1,275 has been from 1 June to 31 December.
That is a staggering amount of rubbish to have removed by a handful of volunteers (mainly 3 of us who litter pick either daily or twice a week), and just shows what can be done if people are willing to give their time to keep a place tidy. Much of that has been recycling by the way."
Congratulations to everyone involved! We lay down the Challenge to other villages for the year ahead - can you beat 1,673 bags of rubbish in 2014?
As part of International Compost Awareness Week 2014, Leicestershire Master Composters are organising a free UK wide poster competition to promote composting. The subject of this year’s event is Food Waste and the poster should promote composting as a means of reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfill sites from homes across the country. Entries are invited from schools and young people between the ages of 4 and 18 can take part. Closing date 1st May 2014.
As we snowball towards Christmas, Living Streets are providing a little festive treat to keep you walking over the holiday period. Say a jolly, jingly hello to their Christmas Calorie Cruncher. Simply tell the cruncher how far you‘ve walked and, hey presto, it will reveal which festive nibble you‘ve walked off. There‘s a sparkly prize draw too!
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.