The team at HGN have just received word that our funding application to the MCS charitable foundation was successful which means we are able to begin the next phase of our work. Behind the scenes we have been busy preparing for this moment and it feels very timely.
So far we have been able to develop an interactive web platform to support and encourage local communities as they reduce their carbon and ecological footprints. Click here to visit the site and begin your journey- your responses will support the local engagement process as well as providing you with robustly researched actions and local information.
Word is beginning to get out about the potential for this tool…
Tim Yair, the Regional Senior Energy Projects Officer for The Midlands Energy Hub, said that the Great Collaboration Portal,
“represents an exciting means of achieving net zero by empowering local people to take local action.” He went on to say that the Portal provided, “the necessary tools and support in order to enable individuals and communities alike to take the next step on the journey and make a real difference to local emissions.”
The Centre for Alternative Technology has already been involved in the development of The Great Collaboration Portal. Dr Anthony Hurford Project manager of the Zero Carbon Britain Hub and Innovation Lab recognises the potential of the tool for
“finding out what needs for support exist at community level and what actions are already being taken to transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.” In addition, he said that this tool is “vitally important for efficient use of resources.”
Dr Ellie Chowns Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy is
“hugely supportive of this project and the difference we believe it could make to the county and country. Not only in terms of helping us to move closer to achieve our Net Zero ambition but also in terms of our community engagement and ability to respond to local issues.”
We have also been added to the National Association of Local Councils website here and support for our work continues to grow beyond our Herefordshire borders.
If you would like to know more about this project then please do not hesitate to contact me, Beth Williamson, the Great Collaboration Co-Ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org We can also now be found on Facebook here so be sure to click ‘like’ to keep up to date with our news.