Pensioners' reward for environmental health check

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Monday 11 October 2004

11 October 2004

Pensioners' reward for environmental health check

Cutting costs to their pockets and the planet earned elderly Youlgreave residents a prize hamper of top quality, locally-produced food.

Residents of the Abbeyfield Society sheltered housing association were the winners in a prize draw after requesting a free Environmental Health Check as part of the Peak District National Park Authority's Skills for Sustainable Business project.

The check, carried out by project officer Pete Spriggs, helped the housing association identify ways they could reduce their waste, water and energy - and in the process save money.

"The Environmental Health Check threw up a whole host of ideas," said Pete Spriggs, "from simple measures such as fitting energy-efficient light-bulbs or running the dishwasher on its economy setting to bigger issues such as checking the energy rating when when buying new appliances. The savings all add up over time."

The prize hamper was put together by Peak District Fine Foods - itself a holder of the National Park Authority's Environmental Quality Mark.

Abbeyfield treasurer Pat Cleaver, who accepted the hamper on behalf of the residents, said: "Pete really got us thinking about what changes we could do to reduce our environmental impact. The report we received has prompted us to make some changes straight away as well as considering the environment in our planned longer-term improvements."

Run by the National Park Authority's Losehill Hall study centre and funded through the European Social Fund, the Skills for Sustainable Business project has a range of other support services on offer. These include a series of staff training events to help individuals and organisations develop environmental awareness in their workforce as well as reducing the environmental impact of their operations.

For more information, contact Pete Spriggs on 01433 620373 or e-mail

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