MCFly 045- Carbon cutting in South Central Manchester


Sat March 27: An exciting new low-carbon social enterprise has been launched in Moss Side with food, music and practical advice for saving money and carbon. Founded by local residents, the Carbon Co-op aims to bring together friends, neighbours and communities in a bulk-buying co-operative, purchasing low carbon technologies such as energy monitors and solar panels.
Saturday’s launch, staged in the community garden on Ossory Street off Great Western Street, featured food, music, a bicycle repair drop in, low carbon energy give-aways and children’s activities. The aim of the project is to provide simple advice to reduce household energy bills and cut carbon emissions and the co-op aims to overcome the catch 22 situation that low carbon technologies are too expensive to become mainstream but won’t fall in price until demand picks up.
The launch featured a Moss Side edition of the Carbon Co-op Manual which can be downloaded from here: http://www.carbon.coop/manual.pdf featuring practical energy advice and money off offers on low carbon products.
Carbon Co-op are working closely with Great Western Street Residents Association and chose the area because of the the strong community links and contacts that exist locally.
Other key partners include Kindling Trust, authors of the Carbon Co-op Manual, designers Because Studio, URBED, Energy Saving Trust and NESTA’s Big Green Challenge team.
For more information contact: Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op project manager
0782 861 7933, info@carbon.coop http://www.carbon.coop

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