Bruce Collinson (Environmental Sustainability Theme Lead for the Whitehill & Bordon Team) receives the certificate on behalf of the Whitehill & Bordon project.
The Whitehill & Bordon project has been named as a runner-up for a national award because of its plans to regenerate the town in an innovative way. The award recognises organisations and projects which deliver sustainable energy at a local level and, as a result, bring social and environmental benefits to an area.
The National Energy Foundation (NEF) nominated three initiatives for the award which they felt were innovative, exemplary and replicable – and Whitehill & Bordon was joint runner-up with Milton Keynes. Eco Bicester won the award after the audience of approximately 70 representatives from the sustainable energy industry voted.
Whitehill & Bordon was entered in the ‘best energy smart initiative by a local authority’ for its overall approach to regenerating the town.
Whitehill & Bordon’s approach includes ensuring that existing homes – as well as new homes – are as energy-efficient as possible (this means that residents are not wasting energy and their homes are cosier and cheaper to run). Work on this has already been extensive with more than 1,000 householders receiving free insulation and 35 residents benefiting from interest-free loans to make energy-saving improvements.
And residents can now get cash back if they fund improvements through the Green Deal thanks to central government funding that was awarded to East Hampshire District Council. The council could also be the first council in the country to set up a Multi Service Utility Company (MUSCo) and supply energy to homes.
The competition was arranged by the National Energy Foundation in partnership with the Academy of Champions for Energy (ACE).