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Working Groups

Underpinning our three priorities of Educate, Engage and Support, are working groups which focus on different themes, activities and objectives.  Each group is made up of volunteers who have a particular interest in that area.  We always welcome more volunteers, so please register your interest if you would like to get involved.

1. Buildings & Retrofit

This group's objectives are centred around addressing the retrofit skills gap in the local construction industry, as well as raising awareness of home retrofit and providing knowledge resources for householders.

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2. Energy 

Closely aligned with the Buildings & Retrofit group, this group aims to encourage schools and communities to decarbonise by facilitating local community energy projects, promoting Solar for Schools and helping householders reduce carbon emissions and save money by sharing Energy Saving Tips   

3. Advocacy & Engagement 

Through positive collaborations and proactive engagement with schools, community groupsbusinesses and the local authority, this group seeks to embed sustainability, encourage behavioural change, and influence environmental policy.

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4. ZCH Planning Group

By monitoring the local planning scene, this group seeks to influence developers, Councillors and the Planning Authority to promote sustainable development and ensure that applications take full account of national and local climate change policies.


5. Natural Climate Solutions (NCS)

Restoring nature can help the fight against climate change.  This group is actively involved with a number of partners and projects, such as White Rose Forest, the Rotary's Trees for Nidderdale, Community Acorn Collection Days and Long Lands Common community woodland project

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6. Sustainable Transport 

In addition to contributing to public consultations and supporting road safety initiatives, this group aims to encourage sustainable travel choices through behavioural change campaigns such as Walk to School Day and Car Free Friday

7. Food 

This group is currently inactive but you can help reduce food waste by supporting local community organisation, Resurrected Bites and downloading mobile phone apps, OLIO and Too Good To Go, which will connect you to surplus unsold food.  

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