GOING green could help hundreds of people.
Sustainable Sunderland aims to set up 35 new green businesses, and support 45 community groups, struggling to find funding, to cut energy bills.
The new Big Lottery-funded project will also reach out to more than 1,000 people across Hendon, Millfield, Pallion and Southwick, who are in fuel poverty.
Over the next three and a half years, people, community groups and businesses in the four areas will have the chance to become part of the programme, which will guide them through switching suppliers, changing tariff and becoming energy efficient.
It will also support the start-up of eco-friendly businesses, help establish a volunteer programme of green community champions and explore initiatives, such as collective-buying schemes and garden swaps.
Sunderland Black and Minority Ethnic Network is one of the nine North-East organisations involved in the scheme.
Chairman Padma Rao said: “The Sustainable Sunderland partnership works on the premise that saving money on energy bills will result in a reduction of residents’ carbon footprint.
“In supporting not only residents, but also businesses and voluntary sector groups, it will help make some of the small changes that are key to environmental sustainability in the future.”
A series of launch events will be rolled out in the areas involved. Sustainable Sunderland will be in Hendon on Monday from 1pm to 4pm at the Bangladeshi Community Centre in Tatham Street.
On Friday, August 23, it will be at the Pallion Action Group from 1pm to 4pm; and on Thursday, August 29, from 1pm to 4pm at St Mark’s Church Centre in Millfield.
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