Redcliffe Carbon Challenge

Supporting a community-led response to climate change through a national initiative

Project duration: August 2009 to July 2010

Can closely engaging a range of different groups in a small community lead to wholesale change, including an improved understanding of climate change and actions to curb carbon emissions?

That's the question being asked as part of a local project that CSE has set up under the NESTA Big Green Challenge, which is a national initiative designed to stimulate and support community-led responses to climate change.

The Redcliffe Carbon Challenge will work with the local school, businesses, community groups and residents in the Redcliffe area of Bristol. Its aims are to reduce CO2 emissions by:

  • engaging with students, parents and teachers at the school, and with people who live or work in the Redcliffe area
  • increasing understanding of climate change
  • encouraging actions to reduce carbon emissions
  • recording data on energy use

Redcliffe is one of the Super Output Areas that make up the Lawrence Hill ward in Bristol. It has a population of approximately 1,500 and occupies the area to the west of Temple Meads station, not far from CSE's offices in Bedminster.

The project aims to work with 440 households from the school community, 100 local residences, five businesses and five community organisations. It will run over the course of the 2009-10 academic year.

The Redcliffe Carbon Challenge is being run by CSE project manager, Bridget Newbery. "We have a number of activities lined up, all of them aimed at engaging staff, pupils and parents at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, as well as working with local businesses, community groups and residents.

"These activities include energy champion training, energy advice surgeries, promoting schemes to improve home energy efficiency, and support for renewable energy grant applications."

If you live, work, study or volunteer in the Redcliffe area and would like to show your support for the scheme by pledging to cut carbon emissions, download a copy of the Redcliffe Carbon Challenge pledge form. Once downloaded, tick the relevant boxes showing what you are prepared to do to cut your carbon and then email back to Bridget Newbery.

For more information contact Bridget on 0117 934 1413 or

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