Partner Organisations

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45 groups from 15 Boroughs across London

Funded by

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City Bridge Trust

Year

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2015 – 2016

Location

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Wandsworth, Hounslow, Waltham Forest, Southwark, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Brent, Hackney, Barnet, Croydon, Enfield, Merton, Sutton, Newham

Brief

London Sustainability Exchange developed an initiative to actively engage people who would not normally consider taking an active role in conserving and improving the green environment. Working with six communities as well as “green groups” we supported groups to plan, develop and deliver their own programme of environmental educational activities.

The aim was for groups to:

  • Learn about environmental issues and influence their community
  • Design, secure funding for, and deliver their own sustainable green initiatives
  • Connect, share knowledge and inspire each other

Examples of the green initiatives were:

  • A gardening project with two youth groups in Wandsworth
  • Green Entrepreneurship training with 102 people from Southwark and Waltham Forest
  • Fuel poverty support led by trained volunteers in Brent with the Community Health Action Trust and with 8 food banks across London.
  • Building Community Resilience and supporting healthier lifestyles in Hounslow, by gardening, cooking, making things, and supporting people to develop a sustainable future
  • Support to five Big Energy Saving Network Champions in Enfield, Haringey and Tower Hamlets
  • Volunteer-led action tackling Air Quality in Newham, Hounslow, Haringey and Wandsworth

Achievement

2,880 people reached through project activities

282 volunteer champions

70 Workshops delivered

92% reported an increased level of new learning

167 tonnes of CO2 saved

£83,000 saved from reduced bills

Testimonial

We would not have been able to carry out our Citizen Science project without help and advice from LSx. Our research confirms unsustainable levels of NO2 throughout Putney.

Judith Chegwidden, Chair of Putney Society

I'm delighted that people are seizing the opportunities of the green economy and becoming amazing entrepreneurs. Thanks to LSx for bringing this project to the Hornbeam and Waltham Forest.

Cllr Grace Williams