Sustainability grant for local group

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Laurencekirk-based group Transition Mearns (TraM) are celebrating the award of a £26,000 grant by the Climate Challenge Fund to help develop a sustainable future for the Mearns.

The Eco-Teams concept is all about encouraging friends and neighbours to get together to work out ways of reducing waste, energy, and water use.

Those taking part will be provided with domestic energy monitors to make real savings on their energy bills. Other benefits will include a healthier lifestyle, the opportunity to make new friends locally, and the satisfaction of knowing that they are doing their best to help the environment.

Acting group Chairperson, Caspar Lampkin, expressed his delight at the news. “We are delighted that the Climate Challenge Fund has decided to support TraM This funding will put the Mearns at the forefront of the changes needed to make Scotland’s economy more sustainable.”

A project officer, Karen Wood, has recently been appointed to develop the eco-teams. She says “I am excited about this opportunity to work with families, communities and businesses in growing eco-teams here in the Mearns. The benefits of more sustainable lifestyles are not only to the environment, but also can also mean real savings in this difficult financial climate, while having fun improving our health and learning new skills.”

Various events are also planned throughout the year which promise to be great social occasions as well as opportunities to find out more about sustainable living. The first of these events is a Big Lunch to be held outside the Mearns Community Centre on Saturday June 11 – this is a chance to get to meet other people in your community whilst enjoying local food.