THREE years ago ng homes was awarded funding through Keep Scotland Beautiful, Climate Challenge, to work with the community to look at raising awareness of Climate Challenge issues. The project had a focus on Energy Saving, Recycling and Growing spaces.
Our overall aim was to reduce carbon emissions in North Glasgow by 223 tonnes of C02e and we exceeded that by saving 308 tonnes C02e.
How did we do it? We worked alongside the community and focus groups to look at ways that we could make changes in this area. We supported local people to become ‘Green Champions’ and had ‘Schools Green Champions’.
There were many community events including pop up cafes, Generation Knit and clean up campaigns.
Grow Your Own workshops and allotment spaces have been popular with all age groups and this is something that people want to continue. Entire families and the community helped out at environmental clean-ups and enjoyed and supported recycling workshops, swap shops and table top sales.
Housing and Concierge staff also supported the project and a big success has been the chute recycling at the Balgrayhill and Viewpoint multi-storey flats. Over 200 residents have received great support through our Home Energy Check service where they have been given advice on how to make changes – save money and save the environment too with carbon savings. The total C02 savings from this alone was 72.55 tonnes.
A celebration event was held recently at Saracen House to review the programme and congratulate community members who have taken part in the variety of activities and will continue to make changes in climate.
Attending the event was ng homes Board member Richard Porter who said: “I was delighted to present our Green Champions with their certificates and the message coming across from the community; that is even the smallest of changes we make as individuals can make a difference – so North Glasgow will continue to be GREEN CHAMPIONS.”