Building Sustainable Communities

Feb 10, 2016 vocational training

Project name: Building Sustainable Communities

Lead organisation: Down to Earth

Project summary:

We think we can build a better world through working with the most disadvantaged young people (16-24 years old) in south Wales to create inspiring, inclusive and sustainable buildings. This is an extraordinary project which has big ambitions. Working together, we think “Building Sustainable Communities” has the potential to transform how we tackle poverty, inequality and environmental problems – all through creating remarkable, sustainable community infrastructure. It’s quite a simple concept: sustainable community buildings, built by and for the young people who will use them. It is through this process of full inclusion and a young person-led approach that we think we can make a big difference to south Wales and build genuine, sustainable communities.

Project outcomes:

  • Young people gaining accredited training opportunities in sustainable construction and green entrepreneurship through “real life” sustainable construction sites
  • Young people gaining increased self-confidence and well-being through practical, hands-on, outdoor based activities
  • Young people improving their understanding of “sustainable development” and “climate change” through practical, solutions based approaches
  • “Zero carbon” or “eco-restorative” community buildings created through the other outcomes

Primary counties working in: Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Website: Down to Earth

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