Green neighbourhood challenge competition

A GROUP of householders from Boroughbridge has been hand-picked to take part in a regional carbon-cutting campaign.

The aim of the Green Neighbourhood Challenge is to see who can do the most to save – and possibly generate – energy, cut emissions and encourage local people to foster a low-carbon lifestyle.

The team of 20 – led by group champion Jane Barber – will be competing with six other groups from across North Yorkshire to make lifestyle changes that will create greener communities for themselves and for future generations.

The other teams are from Catterick Garrison, Kellington near Selby, Pickering, Whitby, Fulford near York, and Brompton near Northallerton.

The winning team will receive £500-worth of goods for a local environmental project of its choice and earn the accolade of North Yorkshire’s ‘Greenest Neighbourhood Team’.

Simon Johnson, head of environment at Harrogate Borough Council, is backing Boroughbridge to win the incentive-packed challenge.

“We think Boroughbridge is going to be a really strong contender,” he said.

“The high school has already hosted a low-carbon lifestyle event for the community so we know local residents are keen to reduce their carbon footprints.

“We know from experience that community groups really enjoy and rise to this type of challenge.”

The campaign, which runs until January next year, challenges the community groups to achieve an 11 per cent reduction in their carbon footprint by the end of 2011.

Supported by local councils across York and North Yorkshire, the project is funded by the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (YoHR Space) and is managed by Yorkshire Energy Partnership and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at York University.

For more information, visit www.yorkshireenergypartnership.org.uk