Balsall Heath Is Our Planet
Balsall Heath Is Our Planet is a community initiative that aims to cut the carbon emissions of our inner city neighbourhood .
An Action Plan for reducing the environmental footprint of the area resulted from a Community Conference and workshop process 2007/08, – see page Projects for details.
BHIOP is now a Company limited by guarantee (no. 6987218) and a registered charity (no. 1137720).
Development Officer – John Newson. Based at Jericho Foundation. Working hours 9.30 – 5.30 Mon – Weds (from 1st September 2009) Postal address; BHIOP C/o Jericho Building, 196-197 Edward Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9LX Tel; 0121 0121 647 1960 email; BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk
To empower people and organisations in Balsall Heath to benefit from opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of their activities
Values of BHIOP
• Independence – provide reliable, unbiased advice
• Empowering – building people’s confidence and knowledge in practical ways to get control of their situation
• Equality – working with and for all sections of the community
– making our activities more and more environmentally and financially sustainable
Objectives for Balsall Heath
1. Think global, act local – spread understanding of the limitations of the natural environment, and of relevant ways to reshape our neighbourhood, to adults and young people including schools and colleges.
2. Reduce the emission of carbon dioxide from our burning of fossil fuels, as a contribution to a low carbon Birmingham, Britain and world.
3. Identify opportunities and embody them in an action plan for an ‘eco-neighbourhood’
4. Efficiency in the use of resources – develop ways to reduce waste and use local resources within the neighbourhood
5. Help those who suffer from cold, hard-to-heat homes and fuel poverty to gain control and become comfortable at an affordable cost
6. Demonstrate the use of renewable energy sources in the area, e.g. solar power.
7. Assist community organisations to make their buildings and operations more energy efficient
8. Combat flooding and drought, e.g. by storing water
9. Help to keep the neighbourhood cool in hot weather by shading
10. Encourage low impact means of transport; walking, cycling, public transport and responsible car use
11. Reduce the problem of waste by re-use, composting or recycling, and by using wastes to make fuel/ generate energy.
12. Grow more food in gardens