News from members of the Bradford Environment Forum. Click on the underlined titles to read the full articles.

Green Street: Chance to win part of £30,000 of energy saving investment.

 Are you part of a community of 20 or more people?

Do you have some existing energy saving technology?
Does your community idea involve a mixture of residential and business premises?

 If the answer to all three is yes then read on...

What is Green Streets?

Green Streets was launched in January 2008 as a year long experiment that challenged groups of eight households in eight cities to become more energy efficient. We wanted to see how much a small community could achieve by working together to live more energy efficient lives.

All the participating households were given a British Gas energy audit before the experiment began which highlighted problem areas and offered energy efficiency advice. Each community was then given £30,000 to spend on energy saving and generating equipment. We also appointed a local British Gas 'Green Ambassador' and 'Energy Saving Expert' to support each group.

The communities we chose were all different but with two things in common - they all had 'Green' somewhere in their street name, and they all had people who were keen to get involved in the Green Streets challenge.

Each group invested their £30,000 differently, using it to buy everything from energy saving light bulbs and appliances to upgrading insulation and installing solar panels.

In January 2009 Green Lane in Leeds was declared the winner with a massive 35.58% reduction in energy use.

Across all the communities the average reduction was 20% CO2 and 30% energy use. Based on these figures the UK could cut their combined energy bills by £4.6bn if everyone followed the example set by our Green Streets communities.

To apply to take part in Green Streets 2009 simply download and complete a short application form telling us a bit about yourself and your community.

April Environment Partnership Minutes

Dear All,
Please find attached the notes of the Environment Partnership meeting held on Wednesday 22nd April.  Please let me know if you have any queries or issues arising from them.

Please note the next Partnership meeting will now be held on Monday 13th July, 2.30-4.30pm at City Training Services, Little Germany, Bradford.  This has been moved from 16th July. I will endeavour to distribute the agenda as soon as I get it (probably the week before)so you can highlight any related issues or pint of information you would like tabled at the meeting.
The partnership is open for future topic areas also if you would care to suggest one.
Carlton Smith
(01274) 223236

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Vacancy for Habitat Hero

BCEP would like to appoint a Habitat Hero to join the Habitat Heroes team and deliver school grounds improvements in Shipley.

 Please visit the BCEP website HERE, for details about the position


Clsoing date: 12 noon Friday 15th May 2009.

Interviews Friday 22nd May 2009.

Good luck.


Age of Stupid - Free Screening

Friday the 22nd May, at the 1in12 Club, Albion Street, Bradford.
Donations welcome on the door.

We would really appreciate it if you could help publicise this event by printing off the attached poster below.

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People and the Dales

Diversity, Access, Learning, Environment and Sustainaibilty
2009- 2012

Do you want to visit the Yorkshire Dales, take part in fun activities, enjoy this magnificent landscape, learn about the environment and find out what you can do back home?

If you are part of a community group from a BME, disability, youth or disadvantaged background and live in West Yorkshire or North Lancashire then take part in ‘People and the DALES’.

The aim of the project is to overcome barriers limiting participation and to take part in fun, active, thought provoking activities which will improve mental and physical well being and inspire people to take part in activities at home.

What we can offer
• Day visits – such as nature walks, environmental activities, kite flying, and lambing
• Conservation work - dry stone walling, path laying, and woodland management
• Residentials - for those that would benefit from a night away from home
• Opportunities - to develop links between rural and urban communities
• Training – to provide skills for individuals to organise your own visits
• Help with transport costs
• Provision of outdoor clothing

If you are interested in taking part contact Judy Rogers - activities take place from April 2009.

People and the DALES
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
Old Post Office, Main St
Clapham, LA2 8DP 015242 51002 [at]

Supported by the Access to Nature Fund, Natural England, Charity no: 1061687 Company No: 3236813 Images © YDMT

Local Produce Markets 2009

Find the dates of the District's Local Produce Markets at the following link:

'Farm for the Future' BBC2 Doc, Sat4Apr, 5.20pm

An inspiring Natural World Documentary called 'A Farm for the Future' is being screened for a second time due to popular demand on BBC2 Saturday 4th April at 5.20pm. It includes permaculture and forest gardening as an alternative to the soil depleting practices of modern farming.

Better Business Environment Forum free event 30th April

Speakers, advice, refreshments.

For more details about this event and to book on go to:

5-8pm at the Norcroft Centre BD7.

BBEF are a Bradford based business environmental forum who are unconnected to the Bradford Environment Forum which is third sector based.

Westfield development - Sign the petition for the site to be a park

This petition aims to make the councillors of the City of Bradford change their thinking about the Westfield Development in the city centre. As the development has been delayed until at least next year we feel this is the perfect time to suggest that the space be changed into a park space.

To read more about this proposal and sign the petition visit: