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TOE2 wishes to promote existing imaginative and effective schemes and help to inspire more local communities to get involved with making better use of resources and reducing their carbon footprint.
TOE2 will only support renewable energy projects at community buildings where energy efficiency improvements have already been implemented.
Examples that TOE2 might support include:
• Making community buildings more energy efficient; please note that projects must be identified through an energy audit.
• Develop renewable energy projects for community facilities; where there are direct community benefits and profits go back to the community
• Produce wood fuel through managing local woods for biodiversity
• Encourage the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste
• Increase awareness of how communities can reduce their carbon footprint
• Improve water efficiency
• Encourage and promote more sustainable transport options
• Promote, produce or distribute local food and reduce food miles
Sandford Village Hall (£7,000)
The modest village hall in Sandford on Thames has been transformed into a versatile and inspiring village centre built to a high environmental specification. Following an energy audit, TOE2 funding supported some of the energy efficiency features including insulation of ceilings, walls and doors and velux windows.
Kirtlington Village Hall and Eco-Centre (£5,000)
Following a TOE2 funded energy audit, the hall committee has made a series of improvements including insulation and improved windows and doors. The local sustainability group was keen to work with the hall to use it as an example of good practice, helping the hall to become Oxfordshire’s first Eco-Centre putting sustainability at the heart of their operations.
Old Headington Village Hall, insulation and secondary glazing, £3,450
The 1950’s brick-built hall with crittal metal windows, a high ceiling and a very large pitched loft space was difficult to heat and yet had high energy bills. Many hall users are elderly or young, so maintaining a comfortable temperature is important. The hall is a popular venue for exercise, yoga and meditation classes and is used by local organisations for meetings and events. Charges are kept as low as possible and income and expenditure are evenly balanced each year. Funding from TOE2 and Grundon allowed the committee to install secondary glazing and cavity wall insulation. The committee believes that this will result in reduced fuel use and lower bills, and that the hall will become an even better community resource.
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