ech2o were funded by SusCon to carry out a series of workshops in the SEEDA region with Housing Association or Local Authority tenants. These fun and interactive workshops provided tenants with practical and behaviour change solutions to reduce their water consumption, resulting in lower water and energy bills and reduced CO2 emissions.
What if every choice you made had a carbon consequence and you had to manage a carbon allowance card as well as a credit card? What if buying sweets or downloading music cost CO2 as well as money from your pocket? If a family member won £1500 on the lottery would you rather they bought a condensing boiler or a giant plasma screen TV? Would you prefer that your school or workplace upgraded the heating controls or installed a wind turbine? If you have family members abroad would it be better if they came to visit you? And how would you feel if you won a flight to New York?
These are just some of the questions that players of Cut Your Carbon have to grapple with. Set in a world where every UK citizen has a carbon allowance card, Cut Your Carbon is a fun and innovative way to understand more about the effect our personal lifestyle choices have on the planet.
Cut Your Carbon has been played extensively throughout the UK in schools, colleges, youth clubs and at community events. We have also played it in schools in India, Pakistan and New Zealand. We have a school version (for Year Groups 5 to 12), an office version and one for housing association tenants.
Thames Water Water Efficiency in School’s Programme ran over five years in schools across London. It comprised: Free fun and informative water workshops for school pupils (Key Stages 1 – 4) Free water audit for schools Free benchmarking report for
Cath Hassell of ech2o is working with BPEC Training Ltd, (a registered charity which supports quality education and training initiatives in the plumbing industry) to train plumbers to install and maintain rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling systems. BPEC recognised the
In August 2008, ech2o in conjunction with East Thames Housing Association, carried out a training and monitoring project, combined with proactive water efficiency measures, with residents on the Cranberry estate in East London as part of Go Carbon Neutral Cranberry.