Europe and the Green Capital

Our training for Energy Champions highlights the diversity of Bristol 2015

15 June 2015

If the Energy Champions training is anything to go by, Bristol is certainly living up to its title as European Green Capital. The Champions have been tasked with engaging the city’s people, communities and local businesses, with saving energy, generating local renewables and tackling fuel poverty. To prepare them for this role, they are being trained in ‘Energy Efficiency’ and ‘Talking about Energy’ – on the last course attendees included French, Belgian, Romanian and Dutch nationals.

For several of these, it’s Bristol’s 2015 status that brought them to town. A participant from France moved here specifically to get involved with the hive of green activity. Two others are part of a European Voluntary Service programme that is hosting over 30 volunteers in the city to work on Bristol Green Capital projects. The pair are based at CSE and are making a fantastic contribution to the Energy Champions initiative.

Considering the mix of nationalities, it’s not surprising that for one participant the most useful thing learned on the training came from “acknowledging people’s different backgrounds and motivations for engaging with the process of talking about energy”.

Similarly, Green Capital activity will be sure to benefit from hearing about diverse experiences of sustainable action on the Continent.

Anyone interested in becoming an Energy Champion can contact bristolenergychampion@cse.org.uk.

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