Energy champions bring home a European award

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Amazing news!

We have been awarded a European CSR award for our local sustainability projects in Poplar – specifically our championing energy volunteering programme where 100s of local residents led behavioural change processes in their own community.

Since 2015, our aim has been to give our residents and staff the tools for sustainable living and working. Our green team has trained over 50 local people to become active energy champions, using peer to peer learning to advise fellow residents on ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save money.  

Amongst our own staff, we have worked to integrate sustainability into pre-existing job roles by signing residents up to a local energy advice problem while we carry out our regular housing visits. Our focus on person to person engagement ensures we reach people who have most to gain from reducing their fuel bills.

We are also extremely proud of our solar panel community fund, which pumps back any money it makes (through sales to the national grid) into community activities. A truly sustainable sustainability project!


A snapshot of our achievement...

We have reduced families’ energy bills – one resident saved £6k on her annual energy bill!

We have improved community cohesion – energy champions get people talking to each other

We have reduced Poplar HARCA’s carbon footprint – our homes are more energy efficient

We have generated money for community energy saving projects – through our solar fund


Sharing our learning...

The great thing about all our community sustainability programs is that they are easily replicable. It costs very little to train up energy champions, and add an energy-saving element to housing visits. LEAP has generated some truly inspiring case studies and we look forward to sharing these with others in the sector. 



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