Energy category winner and shortlisted nominees
We are delighted to share details of the winner and projects shortlisted in the CCF Awards Energy Category.
We congratulate the CCF Awards Energy Category Winner - Communities for Conservation, Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council, City of Edinburgh
Communities for Conservation engaged with diverse ethnic minority communities in Edinburgh to improve home energy efficiency, helping to reduce fuel bills, fuel poverty and carbon emissions. Project activities included home energy efficiency advice visits and a drop-in centre. Additional workshops and initiatives helped cut carbon
emissions from food and travel and raise awareness of climate change.
CCF Awards Panel summary of winner: Communities for Conservation made a real difference to the lives of community members and the Awards Panel noted the project had collected good evidence to demonstrate this. This project used an approach that allowed them to engage with hard to reach groups and diverse communities, breaking down cultural and linguistic barriers. The project ran an impressive number of events to raise awareness on climate change, keeping a sense of community and fun at the heart of everything they did.
We were pleased to speak with Jean-Matthieu Gaunand and Ewelina Lukaszek of Communities for Conservation who shared their thoughts and an inspiring message to 'be the change you want to see'.
We commend the shortlisted nominees
Calder and Gryffe Community Project, Local Energy Action Plan, Renfrewshire
The Calder and Gryffe Community Project supported local individuals, families and community groups in rural West Renfrewshire to reduce the amount of energy they used in their daily lives through learning and taking practical measures. Local residents helped design a project which covered energy efficiency, waste, sustainable travel, participative learning (broadly on climate literacy) and circular economy. LEAP continued to consult residents to help deliver a project that was community led and to create lasting change.Talking About Climate Change, Greener Kirkcaldy, Fife
Talking About Climate Change helped to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty through home energy efficiency and renewable energy advice. Greener Kirkcaldy also offered local people the chance to develop skills and confidence to grow and eat more local, seasonal food. Additional activities and events raised awareness of climate change and the connections to people's lives, homes and behaviours.
You can see slides giving an overview of all projects nominated in this category here.