Projects

Our Action Plan identifies projects that will contribute to reducing the neighbourhood’s carbon footprint

  • A demonstration programme of energy saving and renewable energy measures in Balsall Heath’s homes and community buildings.  We publicise the pioneers of solar energy such as the Zero Carbon House We are asisting 5 community buildings to reduce their energy use.
  • Extending the Green Doctor scheme to Balsall Heath.  The Green Doctor and Home Energy Advice scheme scheme is now available to residents of Balsall Heath see separate page for details).
    • Building people’s skills by classes and workshops in gardening, DIY energy saving, cycle maintenance, etc
      Second hand goods shop to give unwanted items a second life

    • Encourage schools best environmental practice, reducing schools’ CO2 emissions from energy and water use, transport, procurement of goods and services. We will work with the local ‘extended schools cluster’ to achieve this.
    • An Environmental theme to the Balsall Heath Carnival 2010, a showcase of local good practice, with a focus on the visual, musical and performing arts to raise awareness
    • An awareness raising campaign targeted at different age groups, that will build people’s confidence to take action, using stalls at events, articles in the community magazine “The Balsall Heathan
    • Produce and sell re-usable  shopping bags, from a sustainable material (jute), with our logo, so reducing CO2 emissions by replacing plastic bags and encouraging people to shop locally, instead of driving to other parts of the city
    • Waste wood recycling project

    • A community food growing project, to encourage people to grow food, and share skills and experiences, reducing food miles.  This project will have a multicultural theme emphasising how food that can be grown locally is usable in the different world cuisines that are represented in our community
    • Training of unemployed people to install solar water and solar electric panels – already underway at Jericho Foundation.
    • A solar energy programme in the Balti triangle. Balti restaurants are high users of hot water, so installing solar thermal systems will save substantial amounts of CO2 and increase the competitiveness of these businesses. 
    • Recycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel, to power vehicles or heat buildings displacing fossil fuels
    • Composters for food waste and garden waste,
      Water butts to store rian and prevent flooding, allowing for palnts to be watered
      Maintaining and extending the ‘walking bus’ approach to discouraging parents from taking children to local primary schools by car.
    • Supporting the proposal to install a combined heat and power/district heating system to include Moseley Rd Baths, Edward Rd Health Centre, Moseley Rd Methodist Church (a feasibility study has been completed for this). 
    • Balsall Heath Railway station re-open to passenger services between Moor Street station and Kings Norton.
    • Promotion of cycling as a form of local low carbon transport
    • Tree Planting to provide shade and fix carbon from the air.

    • Spend your 3%  We would like 3% of Balsall Heath’s ‘GDP’ to be spent on tackling climate change, in line with the recommendations of the Stern Report. It is a campaign to encourage residents, organisations and businesses to spend 3% of their income/turnover on tackling climate change.
    • This links to a goal of reducing our carbon emissions by 10% in 2010 – in line with the national and international 10:10 campaign

    Our Newsletter describes the state of progress on these projects available here

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