Community Champions

Project information

Index: 0376R1
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport

Topic of the practice

Training practices to promote emissions reduction and energy saving

Good Practice Information

The POWER project identified two ‘Community Champions’ training practices in the UK. The WinACC Low-Carbon Champions are encouraged and trained by Winchester Action on Climate Change to reduce their own carbon footprint and to support others to do the same. The training lasts for five weeks, although WinACC subsequently provides them with continual access to support. The Thornhill Community Energy Champion project, carried out by the ‘Thornhill Plus You’ initiative, trains residents on energy saving and energy-efficiency solutions, enabling them to gain knowledge on these issues and to advise other residents. Both practices underline the importance of identifying and training individuals who can serve as examples for, and motivate, other members of the community to take steps towards climate change mitigation.

Evidence of success

By providing training to these champions and asking for feedback it can be determined whether they have increased their knowledge on how to reduce CO2. In addition to the knowledge and information transferred to the champions, they will have a proactive role in engaging with their local community so the transferred information can be shared with more people. Furthermore the identification and training of champions should help to establish or build on local networks.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Chris Holloway Michele Exton, Community Energy Efficiency Advisor

WinACC Thornhill Plus You

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