Great ideas from Bristol’s energy champions

Experience, skill and enthusiasm abound at first volunteer get-together

26 May 2015

“It was fantastic to see all the Energy Champions get together for the first time. Between them they have so much experience, skill and enthusiasm, and I’m sure they will soon have Bristol buzzing about energy”, said Sophie Pritchard, coordinator of Bristol Energy Network, about last week's meeting.

The Champions are Bristol residents who are volunteering their time to increase the profile of sustainable energy in the city. They are being recruited and trained throughout 2015 thanks to a Green Capital grant and funding from OVO Energy. As a group they’ll contribute to existing projects, as well as bringing to life their own ideas.The purpose of this initial meeting was to exchange ideas, build the Champion network and allow collaborations to form.

“I really enjoyed the event, especially meeting the other Energy Champions it was exciting to feel part of something and I even got the chance to pitch the beginnings of an idea I’ve had for a while about private sector housing and energy efficiency. I’m hoping others will join me now to make it happen!” – Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett.

Read about the project in full here.

From the group discussions rose suggestions to run energy efficiency workshops in Bath, talk to renters and landlords about energy efficiency, and create visual representations of energy use in the home to encourage a reduction in demand.

To keep the energy and ideas flowing, meetings will take place every month from now on.

We’ll keep you updated on the exciting new projects as they start to take shape. Or to experience them firsthand, join the Champion cohort.

The next training dates are Saturday 6 May, 10am - 1.30pm, Bedminster and Tuesday 9 May, 10am - 1pm (venue unconfirmed). Email bristolenergychampion@cse.org.uk to get involved.

Stay up to date with our work - sign up for our fortnightly newsletter