Greener Future Design Challenge update
Published: 24 December 2019
Working towards a greener Surrey
In July 2019, Surrey County Council declared a climate emergency. Shortly after, we launched the Greener Future Design Challenge, to help support residents in making climate change improvements in their communities.
Residents were invited to submit ideas for projects that they thought would address climate change and help bring communities together. The ideas were reviewed by representatives from public organisations, local businesses, charities and community groups and, from the 21 ideas submitted, 10 were shortlisted to progress.
Representatives from the 10 shortlisted projects were then invited to attend three workshops over a six-week period, where they were able to present their project idea and meet a variety of people who were offering to support them and help bring their project to life. Each project was also given £500 to spend on delivering their idea.
Support came in a variety of forms including art and design skills, expertise in transport, highways and environmental issues, business mentoring and sponsorship as well as local knowledge.
The ten projects are now set up to deliver over the coming months, and the hope is that other people will be inspired by these projects to replicate the ideas in their own communities.
To find out more about each of the projects and to keep up to date on their progress, you can follow their social media pages:
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