Support for town and parish councils
Services and tools for councils to take practical action on the climate emergency
Town and parish councils are in a unique position to stimulate grassroots action, set a leadership example and provide a local, accountable focal point for practical action on the climate emergency.
Tackling the climate crisis can be a daunting task, especially for councils that may not have access to large budgets, resources or staff. Knowing where to start can also be tricky because there’s a lot of information out there that’s hard to digest if you don’t have specialist knowledge on things like renewable energy, carbon footprinting or climate action.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has a dedicated community team that helps local councils navigate these issues.
We have open-source tools and in-depth, tailored services that can be used throughout your climate action planning process.
Working in partnership
We know we’re stronger when we partner with others working across community climate action. Our communities team regularly work with a range of partners to support more people to take local action on climate change including:
- SLCC which we work with to deliver training webinars for council clerks.
- NALC (the National Association for Local Councils) has a Climate Emergency Network that local councils can join, and also have a useful resource page for councils on the topic of climate change. We also occasionally work with NALC supporting their events.
- The Community Works has more resources and case studies
- Parish Online has some good mapping software for councils which can be used to support climate action plans and delivery
Training for town and parish council staff
Our communities team can offer other bespoke training options from energy advice to carbon literacy. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.