From the international to the local. Much of the attention on climate change has focused on the international levelAt City level - US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement - action in over 600 citiesLondon - Climate Change Action ProgrammeBristol, Leeds and Manchester signed up in December to a new
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1. Going Carbon Neutral Dr Alina Congreve
Housing Studies Association
2. From the international to the local Much of the attention on climate change has focused on the international level
At City level - US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement - action in over 600 cities
London - Climate Change Action Programme
Bristol, Leeds and Manchester signed up in December to a new scheme - Low Carbon Cities Programme
Low carbon cities run by energy saving trust and carbon trust - funded by defra - £250,000Low carbon cities run by energy saving trust and carbon trust - funded by defra - £250,000
3. Focus on the individual
4. Go Carbon Neutral Funded by Wates Foundation
Centrally administered by CIVA - small NGO with record in youth projects
Evaluated by the University of Reading
Aimed at the individual and community levels
5. Introducing the projects One project based in
Newham. Run by
East Thames Housing
6. Cranberry Lane
7. Knowle West Second project
based in Knowle
Run by Knowle
West Media Centre
8. Knowle West
9. Community and individual At household level carbon passbooks have been developed by Knowle West Media Centre
Similar to diaries used in other fields - transport, waste, healthy eating
Bringing households together - so diary activity not isolated
Community wide events - some ‘fun’ some community enterprise
10. Community directed Organising community events in community outdoor spaces, such as a carbon carnival or a green fair.
Tree planting in public and private spaces, including fruit trees.
Reducing food miles and productive use of front and back gardens for growing food locally.
Bringing into use local green spaces
Walking or cycling to school, and encouraging cycling generally.
Pledges regarding flying, holidays, walking, cycling and other actions.
Recycling and the composting kitchen waste.
Involving young people in taking action in the school, at home and in their lives.
11. Funding for project
£100,000 strategic grant received from the Wates Foundation
£20,000 (community-level have-a-go) awards from UnLtd.
CLG have supported evaluation £15,000
Local projects have put in staff.
Potential NDC money in Newham
12. Evaluating Go Carbon Neutral Baseline data collection - surveys of all joiners and a sample of non-joiners at start and end of projects
Questions based on actions and attitudes
Monitoring of energy use with meters
Observation of events - fetes, open days etc
13. Surveys Surveying carried out by local residents
In Cranberry Lane every household approached
Good response rate - 1/3 of households
In Knowle West all of ‘joiner’ (about 60) approached and sample of non-joiners
14. Home energy meters Quality rather than quantity - Watsons
15. Interim results from baseline survey
22. Current rates of improvement in car vehicle efficiency are very modest, with cars sold in 2005 only 0.4% more efficient than those from 2004 (SMMT, 2005). Current rates of improvement in car vehicle efficiency are very modest, with cars sold in 2005 only 0.4% more efficient than those from 2004 (SMMT, 2005).
23. Interim results of projects - Knowle Successfully recruited participants - but negative about level of interest locally
Questions about how many have been involved with other Media Centre projects
Produced diary resource to support project
Rich in time - two volunteers but short on cash
Active programme of forward event planning for spring/ summer
Difficulties in larger estate to get neighbourhood effect
Questions about partnerships with other bodies
24. Interim results - Cranberry Lane
25. Cranberry Lane No project activities after over five months.
No forward planning for events to take place later in spring and summer
Launch event a fiasco
Lack of organisational priority given to project?
Lack of community development skills in key staff?
Questions over where project goes from here…..
26. Lessons for evaluators Make sure there is buy-in at all levels into the evaluation process
Think carefully about advantages and disadvantages of employing local people
Link evaluation and funding for evaluation into initial project design
Think carefully before becoming involve with the actual project