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Major Sustainable Energy projects delivered in Dorset

Dorset Council has been a partner in European and nationally-funded sustainable energy projects delivered in Dorset

Sustainable Energy Across the Common Space (SEACS)

Dorset Council's Community Energy Team (previously the Sustainability Team) played a major role in developing the European INTERREG IVa project SEACS in partnership with Devon County Council, Wiltshire Council and 2 local authority partners from Brittany. The 3 year project was delivered from 2011 to 2014 and focused on supporting sustainable energy and behaviour change in schools and communities. A wide range of useful resources including videos, case studies and lesson plans are available to download from the SEACS website.

Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset (CLS-Dorset)

The Community Energy Team worked closely with Dorset Community Action to submit a £1m funding bid to the Big Lottery based on supporting community-based sustainable development in Dorchester, Bridport and surrounding parishes. The bid was one of only 10 awarded funding from 270 original expressions of interest. The CLS-Dorset project was delivered from April 2013 to June 2016 and included 5 strands:

  • community based renewable energy (including community woodlands)
  • energy efficiency and 'Greener Choices'
  • educational activities including Eco Schools
  • local food and climate change adaptation

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