Helping communities make low-carbon choices

Workshops for community development workers

1 September 2010

For many people in this country, the planning system can be a minefield to navigate and understanding how the various low-carbon choices on offer will fit into that can be confusing.

A short series of workshops from CSE begins this month which hopes to change that. The course will offer community development workers across England the chance to learn more about promoting low-carbon choices in community-led planning. The three confirmed dates and venues are:

28 September 2010  |  York
16 November  |  Leicester
24 November  |  London

This is just one strand of CSE’s PlanLoCaL project, which is funded by CLG’s Empowerment Fund. It has been developed with the intention of encouraging communities to develop their knowledge and get involved in planning decisions as early as possible, and to include climate change issues and low-carbon activities as part of existing community planning processes.

The training session will provide tailored information to specifically support communities through the community-led planning process by helping to:

  • Improve understanding of climate change, and the need for low-carbon design and lifestyles
  • Identify the scope for reducing carbon emissions through local action
  • Highlight how community-led planning can support national climate change targets
  • Identify the links between low carbon issues and statutory planning
  • Introduce the tools and resources that are available to support community development workers and communities to address planning and low-carbon issues

Run by experienced community energy specialists from CSE, the training day will link with a wealth of resources from PlanLoCaL, as well as existing information from the community development workers’ network.

CSE is organising the events in association with Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

If you are a Community Development Worker from a Rural Community Council who is interested in attending one of these events, please contact Louise Rutterford at CSE.

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