News & Announcements
Energyshare has extended itsdeadline for funding for community energy projects until 30 June 2011. A registered community group can apply for up to £100,000 to fund projects that:
- have the objective of saving or generating energy locally
- are supported by their local community
- will benefit the local community and have a tangible and lasting impact.
- some aspect of the project is realistically achievable within one year
- will inspire even more community renewable projects
There are still a few places on Stephenson College's excellent sustainable construction course, 'Low Carbon Construction - A Modern Approach'. This two-week course will run from Monday 23 May to Fri 3 June (but not including the Bank Holiday Monday) and is a total bargain at just £100.
For further details click on the attachment, then contact Faith Weston on 01530 519003 to book your place.
SIX eco-champions have scooped prestigious awards for their environmental work in North West Leicestershire at the third annual Green Footprints Awards. Almost 200 people attended the North West Leicestershire District Council-run awards as part of the Chairman’s civic dinner at the Hilton Hotel East Midlands Airport on Friday, April 15. The event was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
Excitement is mounting with the Green Footprints 2011 Awards due to be announced this Friday night at the annual Civic Ball. There are shortlisted projects in six different categories: Businesses; Children & Young People; Families & Individuals;Partnerships & Communities; Schools; Sustainable Urban Design. Further information on shortlisted projects and our sponsors can be viewed in the Green Footprints 2011 Awards' brochure.
FC Cartons based in Castle Doningtonis planting 20 trees in the East Midlands to offset thier carbon emissions, helping to prevent climate change and creating space for wildlife in the East Midlands. In addition they are carrying out a full Waste Audit to ensure that they are continually reducing the waste they send to landfill.
This is a great opportunity to attend a free seminar on 'Wood in Construction', which is being organised by the National Forest Making Woods Work team. The event will be held at the National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent, on Tues 29th March, from 9.30am - 4.30pm and is particularly useful for architects, engineers, developers, surveyors, planners and all other construction industry professionals. The day includes presentations on
- De-carbonising Construction
- Innovative Contemporary Buildings
- External Cladding
- Tour of exemplar buildings within The National Forest
You can book your place online at the link above or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01765 609355.
What makes one billion people around the world stop what they’re doing and switch off their lights for an hour? All on the same night? It could only be WWF’s Earth Hour. In just five years, Earth Hour has become established as an annual global spectacle and this year it fits in perfectly with Climate Week. Show your support for both campaigns - simply switch off at home for an hour from 8.30pm on Sat 26th March.
Ashby Spa WI is taking part in Climate Week by holding a swishing evening on Wed 23rd March, where members will get the chance to perk up their wardrobe for Spring. The group is also supporting the WWF Earth Hour and will be encouraging its 80 members to take part in the global ‘switch off’ on Saturday 26th March at 8.30pm and is encouraging everyone else across the district to get involved too.
Staff from the Green Footprints team and graduates from Barratt Developments have been visiting the short-listed applicants for this year's Green Footprints Awards to find out more about their projects. Filming is now completed and staff at Stephenson College are kindly editing the clips, with the aim of adding them to the Green Footprints website. Watch this space!
There’s still time to join in the fun and celebrate Climate Week, which runs from Monday 21 – Sunday 27 March. This supercharged national occasion celebrates all the great work being done to combat climate change and encourages thousands more to get involved.North West Leicestershire District Council has been working with its Green Footprints Networks to encourage as many local schools, groups and businesses to take part as possible. Lots of interesting and thought-provoking events are planned, covering themes from composting to sustainable travel. Highlights of the week include the launch of the new LEAF (Local Enterprise and Friends) card, a schools’ conference for secondary level students and an electric bike relay through the National Forest.
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.