Challenge for carbon cutters

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WHITBY people are being challenged to become the county’s greenest neighbourhood team.

The Green Neighbourhood Challenge, which runs until January next year, aims to inspire community groups to achieve an 11% reduction in their carbon footprint by the end of 2011.

One team will be selected to represent the Scarborough Borough area in a competition against teams from six other Yorkshire regions.

Dr James Bridges, Scarborough Borough Council’s sustainability officer, said: “This is a great opportunity for a community group within the borough to get involved in a project with hands-on support to help them to reduce their carbon emissions, for example, by reducing energy usage in their homes.”

Teams must comprise of at least ten individuals and must be an already established group, such as a Women’s Institute, religious institution or book club.

Denise Hall, project co-ordinator for Sustainability 4 Yorkshire, said: “We’ll be on hand to provide regular, expert advice and make sure groups can create greener communities for themselves and for future generations.”

The campaign will begin during Climate Week, which runs nationwide from 21-27 March,

To sign up to the Green Neighbourhood Challenge contact Denise Hall on 01904 554465 or download a form from www.sustainability4yorkshire.org.uk.