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Help needed to shrink Peak District’s carbon-footprint

This is an archived press release

Friday 1 February 2008

1 February 2008

Help needed to shrink Peak District’s carbon-footprint

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is looking for climate-change and business professionals to help target grants on global warming.

The fund needs two specialists to join its eight-strong voluntary panel of local people who allocate £200,000 a year to environmental and educational projects.

Dozens of “green” schemes have already received help including:

  • community energy projects such as Sustainable Youlgrave
  • hydro-power research by the Friends of the Peak District
  • a plastics-recycling business that ended the need to send waste farm-plastic to China
  • rainwater harvesting at the Friends Meeting House, Bakewell
  • ground-source heat-pumps to generate energy from the earth – examples in Edale and Tideswell

The fund’s chair, Anne Ashe, said: “We’d like the Peak District to play a lead role in helping the UK reach its climate-change targets. The fund already helps many ‘green’ projects, but the panel needs more professional expertise specifically to focus on climate-change and business schemes.  We meet four times a year and it is terrifically rewarding in terms of helping the environment, the community and our children’s future.”

Sustainable Development officer Richard Godley, who administers applications, said: “The fund is making a significant difference to the sustainable management of the countryside, and to greater understanding of sustainability, through working with local individuals, businesses, community groups and young people. It’s well worth getting involved.”

The Sustainable Development Fund is administered through the Peak District National Park Authority and financed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An SDF grant can also open the door to other sources of funding – pulling in more than £1.43m additional grants to the Peak District in 2006/07 alone.

The panel, which is unpaid, meets in Bakewell every three months to assess applications from all around the Peak District. Travel-expenses are re-imbursed.

More details are available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf or 01629 816312 or e-mail: sdf@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

Applications should be sent to Richard Godley, Sustainable Development Fund, Peak District National Park Authority, Aldern House, Baslow Rd, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.  Applicants should include one side of A4 explaining their understanding of sustainable development and their professional background in climate-change or business. The deadline is: February 22 2008.

This is an archived press release

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