News & Announcements
Find out how climate change will affect people already facing poverty and disadvantage, those who are likely to be more vulnerable to changes in our climate, and the wider impacts on our communities.
Join experts from Climate East Midlands and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation at the Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, on Monday 16th April from 1.30-4.30pm. They will explain leading research to understand social vulnerability to climate change, and then focus on what we can do in our various roles and organisations to help increase resilience now and in the future.
This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place, email Nathan.Alesbrook@leicester.gov.uk
Ibstock Community College is calling on local residents to come along from 10am - 2pm on Saturday 14th April and join in the fun as they work on the next stage of their community garden and allotment. There‘s a chance to help plant up a wildflower area and do some litter picking, as well as helping produce a special mosaic for the garden. The College is also running a plant sale to help raise funds for the project, so bring along any extra plants you don‘t need and go home with some bargains! For further information please contact Chris Bates, Community Development Worker & Youth Worker, on 01530 265837.
Would you like to have a say about how the area continues to develop? Would you like to get more involved: get your hands dirty and help care for the new woodlands locally or learn more about them and the wildlife you see?
If so, the Heart of the Forest Forum is consulting with people who live in this area over the next couple of weeks. They’ll be talking to people as they visit places like the new cycle centre and Conkers or you can have your say online by filling in a short questionnaire.
It should take no more than five minutes, and your input will help shape the next stages of development here in the heart of the Forest.
Please Ctrl + click on: http://www.nationalforest.org/involved/ open the new window and click on the red V or save, fill in, re-save and email back the questionnaire attached.
Thank you for your time.
The shortlisted projects for the Green Footprints Awards 2012 have now been announced. There are three projects shortlisted in each category:
- Children & Young People
- Partnerships & Community Groups
- Sustainable Urban Design
A HARD-HITTING campaign to tackle environmental crime across northern Leicestershire has scooped two major national awards.
The Don’t Muck Around campaign, a joint initiative between North West Leicestershire District Council and Charnwood Borough Council, won the Innovation and overall People’s Choice gongs at the annual Keep Britain Tidy awards.
It was Charnwood’s first-ever KBT Award and North West’s second having won the Cleaner, Safer, Greener - Efficiencies Through Partnerships Award and a special merit certificate in 2009.
Don’t Muck Around ran for three months in summer 2011 and led to significant reductions in litter thrown from cars, fly-tipping and dog fouling in both areas.
Councillor Alison Smith, Deputy Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council and Portfolio holder for Community Services, said: “We are particularly delighted to have our success recognised by Keep Britain Tidy.
“I’m thrilled that the campaign has been rewarded in this way, which is a wonderful thank you for all the hard work put into making the campaign a success.”
The Don‘t Muck Around campaign, which is a joint venture between North West Leicestershire District Council and neighbouring Charnwood Borough Council, has been shortlisted for the Innovation Category at this year‘s Keep Britain Tidy Awards. The campaign was developed to raise awareness of the problems of fly-tipping, littering and dog-fouling. Keep your fingers crossed for the Street Action Team who will find out if the project has been successful on 13th March, when the awards will be announced after a conference at Aston Villa Football Club.
Stephenson College has got a great offer on renewables training through its Joint Investment Programme. The offer is for training on solar thermal, photovoltaics and heat pumps, with employers paying 50% and the Government paying 50%. For further information contact Customer Services at Stephenson College on 01530-278626.
Western Power Distribution (WPD) in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is running a £50,000 grant scheme for communities in the Midlands, the South West and South Wales to help reduce their energy use.
The aim of the grant scheme is to help community groups carry out simple but effective energy efficiency improvements in village halls and community buildings, after carrying out their own energy audits. The maximum award per group will be £1000.
As part of the scheme groups will be provided with free resources and guidance on carrying out an audit of their community building, from which they will be able to identify energy saving improvements that will reduce the building’s CO2 emissions.
Improvements could include things like low energy lighting, heating controls, draught proofing and insulation, which can have significant impacts on reducing energy use and fuel bills.
Applications will initially be accepted for three months from February 2012 until the end of April 2012, or until the grant pot is exhausted. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, and grants for successful applicants will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Judging panels have been meeting over the last week to decide which schools, businesses and youth and community groups will be shortlisted for this year‘s Green Footprints Awards. Not long now until we announce the final shortlist, who will be invited to join us for the wonderful Green Footprints Awards on Friday 27th April at Radisson Blu Airport hotel. Fingers crossed for everyone who has entered!
Join us for this free Energy Efficiency event being run in partnership with the Carbon Trust as part of Climate Week. This is a great opportunity for SMEs to get some free training on managing your energy and expert advice from Carbon Trust advisors.
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.