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New funding to start projects providing a
‘greenprint’ to help local residents turn derelict land into
refreshing green spaces, recycle more, and travel more sustainably,
has been announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.
Using the inspiration of the Olympic Games,
Defra’s £800,000 Inspiring Sustainable Living grants will help
local community groups with practical and achievable ways for
residents to live more sustainably.
At the Olympic Park, Caroline Spelman said:
“Most people have a real desire to do the right thing by making
more sustainable choices that are good for our planet. London 2012
is a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire genuine change and
provide a model of how living sustainably can be incorporated into
whole communities as we build a green economy. These projects
will contribute by making a practical difference in the community
and leave a lasting green legacy.”
Start-up grants of £200,000 will be provided
by Defra for each of the following projects for one year to deliver
results by March 2013:
Ben Coles, Director, Communities and Local
Partnerships, Groundwork London said: “At Groundwork London we have
been passionate about outdoor spaces for three decades. As a key
part of the London 2012 Changing Places programme we are delighted
to be teaming up with London Sustainability Exchange to work across
the host boroughs to transform derelict spaces into well-used and
valued community spaces as part of the London 2012 legacy.
"We are excited about the range of
environmental volunteering opportunities this programme creates,
and that people involved in the’ Transform’ project will be truly
empowered to lead more sustainable lifestyles and change their
behaviour to reduce their environmental impact.”
Defra worked closely with the London
Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)
on selecting the projects which aim to help people live more
sustainable lives using the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games.
Projects will benefit from Olympic ‘Inspire Mark’ endorsement,
which will mean they are also included in London 2012 official
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