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Published on 24 May 2023

Residents invited to get involved in study to reduce district carbon footprint

Making Changes Study. Attend sessions& receive support. Set personal goals. Earn up to £100 in vouchers Putting words into action. Teignbridge Carbon Action Plan
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Anyone looking to save money on things like energy and food bills, cut down their car use and lead a more active, healthier lifestyle is being invited to join a new study aimed at reducing Teignbridge’s carbon footprint. 

Teignbridge District Council is looking for Teignbridge residents to get involved in Making Changes – a study to help people make the changes they want to their lifestyle to save money, improve their health and fitness, and help them play their part in reducing the district’s carbon footprint. 

The study aims to support people who want to help tackle climate change, but don't know where to start or how they can make a difference.

Councillor Jackie Hook, Executive Member for Climate Emergency, said: “This is a very exciting project that brings to life the second phase of our plan to tackle climate change by reducing the carbon we use across the district. Through these workshops, we will support residents to make simple changes to their lives that could reduce their fuel bills, become more active, travel more sustainably or save money on their weekly food budget, all alongside reducing their own, and the district’s carbon.  

“We want to find out what motivates people and help them make the small changes to achieve their goals. These changes can also make a difference to their carbon footprint, as well as saving money, improving their health, fitness, and wellbeing.  

“This will be a personal journey for all participants, and their decisions will be central to how we develop the workshops. We will give participants the time and expert advice to help them on their way and hopefully their stories will demonstrate to other Teignbridge residents that it is possible to make a difference, and that lots of small changes put together can have a big impact. 

“We are looking for all different types of people to be involved, whether you just want to save money, become healthier or have a strong interest in reducing your carbon footprint, we’d encourage you to sign up. We are sure everyone involved will benefit from the experience.” 

Residents will be asked to attend a series of online interactive workshops over six months which focus on three key areas – Transport, Energy, Home & Food. Participants will identify personal goals which they can achieve over a number of months and assess the impact on their lives and their carbon footprint.  

Throughout the Making Changes study experts will be on hand to provide specialist advice, help and practical solutions around the key themes and support them to achieve their goals. Participants will also be encouraged to undertake a carbon assessment at the start of the process to find out how much carbon they currently produce, repeating the process at the end to see whether their changes have made a difference.  

This study will help identify what changes people can make to their lives that will help them achieve their own personal goals and contribute to a reduced carbon footprint for the district. 

The council is looking for residents of all different ages and backgrounds who live within the Teignbridge area. You do not need previous experience of attending a workshop and do not need to have knowledge or an interest in climate change or reducing your carbon footprint. Workshops will run between June 2023 and January 2024. In return, residents will receive vouchers up to the value of £100 to spend on a range of local food producers. 

To get involved complete our online registration form. 

Find out more about the Making Changes study.  

Teignbridge District Council is working closely with partner agencies to deliver the project including ACT - Action on Climate in Teignbridge

The project forms part of the wider Teignbridge Council Carbon Action Plan, which is being delivered in two phases. Phase one of the plan focussed on reducing the council’s own carbon footprint, and work has already taken place to improve council buildings and leisure centres. Phase two involves engaging communities to encourage residents and businesses to support them to take action to reduce the district’s carbon footprint.