Environmental Audit Committee

7 May 2003 Learning the Sustainability Lesson

7 May 2003 Learning the Sustainability Lesson


The Environmental Audit Committee's Sub-committee on Education for Sustainable Development will be taking evidence in Nottingham on Tuesday 13 May 2003. This will form part of its inquiry - Learning the Sustainability Lesson -  which is concerned with examining how the Government, across all departments, is using both formal and informal learning avenues to deliver its sustainable development strategy.  This particular session will be an opportunity for the Sub-committee to talk to volunteers participating in an informal education initiative which is operating at household level. 

The details of the session are as follows:

Tuesday 13 May 2003

11.15 am

at 9 Patrick Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7JY


Members of households participating in Global Action Plan's "Eco-teams" initiative.

This session will be open to the public on a first come, first served, basis.  However, please note that the session is taking place in a family home and therefore space will be limited.

Notes for Editors

1. Eco-teams stemmed from a Dutch idea. An Eco-team is a small group of households (usually 6-8) who agree to meet together with a facilitator once a month over 4 months to work on ways to change their consumption practices.  The effects of all behavioural changes made by individuals in each household are measured over time. Global Action Plan (GAP) is supporting Ecoteams in Rushcliffe, Nottingham. In 2002, GAP took 11 teams (98 households) through the programme (and a further 11 are currently underway).  In 2002, the teams achieved just under 50% savings on waste, 27% on gas and electricity and a 17% in water use.

2. The Sub-committee is taking evidence in the "eco-home" of GAP's Eco-team co-ordinator, Penney Poyzer. This family home is a Victorian, semi-detached house which Penney and her husband are converting to improve its energy efficiency whilst also considering the effect that every aspect of the house has on the environment.  It demonstrates what can be done in an existing home without having to commission a purpose-built energy-efficient house. Where possible, natural building products have been used such as lime plaster and the house now has features such as a solar-panel on the roof and a composting chamber for toilet waste.

3. Eco-team is supported by Global Action Plan - an international environmental charity, and funded by BIFF award and Rushcliffe Borough Council.  The programme has just received funding from the Energy Savings Trust, which works with a range of partners to deliver practical solutions for households, small firms, and the road transport sector - solutions which save energy and deliver cleaner air.

4. The Sub-committee announced its inquiry into education for sustainable development on 16 January 2003.

5. Details of all the Committee's inquiries, together with its Reports and other publications, are available on the internet at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environmental_audit_committee.cfm