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Actions from the North
East and Cumbria

Examples of what organisations have done for the climate emergency to help inspire others to take action.

We formed a climate action group - Rothbury Climate and Nature. We're doing lots of work around climate action including looking at creating more footpaths and cycleways.
Katie Scott
Rothbury Climate and Nature
Northumberland
Engagement
We've gone through the actions on the Going Green Together web tool and used them to develop a climate action plan for our organisation
Richard Haigh
The Key
10-49 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Engagement
We've installed solar panels and LED lights, undertaken an energy efficiency audit and are developing an allotment.
David Barker
Willow Burn Hospice
50+ employees
Durham
Buildings
We've put signs up to remind people to turn the lights off in the building through the eco-council.
Anne Webster
MEA House
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Energy
With support from the Energy Saving Trust, we've taken on two Energy Advisers to support households with all their energy issues in rural Northumberland.
Andy Dean
Community Action Northumberland
10-49 employees
Northumberland
Engagement
We're collaborating with partners to help Newcastle become a healthier and more sustainable food city by encouraging organisations and individuals to serve and eat more vegetables and better meat and reduce the amount of food they're wasting.
Emma Mould
Food Newcastle
1-9 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Food
We have installed solar panels on two of our buildings.
Tracey Moore
Project North East (PNE)
10-49 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Buildings
We initiated an Eco-Council in our building to plan and deliver building wide initiatives.
Carol Botten
VONNE
10-49 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Buildings
We've hosted a series of talks on Climate Change, including one on practical steps that our local residents can take.
Chris Clarke
Friends of Jesmond Library
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Engagement
We're organising a climate action day with talks, music, drama and top tips for a sustainable planet. We'll also be holding a What a Wonderful World Festival in 2022 with a variety of speakers and performers.
Liz Anderson
What a Wonderful World
Northumberland
Engagement
We're installing double glazing in all of our building's windows and we've replaced old light fittings with LED equivalents.
Chris Clarke
Friends of Jesmond Library
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Buildings
It’s time to get on with it. Climate Action North’s One Small Change series of roadshows inspire and mobilise communities, businesses and individuals to take action in the climate emergency. The time for talking is over, today we need to act! Join us
Sharon Lashley
Climate Action North
1-9 employees
Sunderland
Engagement
We have installed a bike shed and changing facilities on our workspace site to encourage cycling.
Tracey Moore
Project North East (PNE)
10-49 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Travel
In July we got together for a staff picnic and decided to make it as green as possible by making the food, and being plastic and meat free. We're going to do this again a future staff events.
Carol Botten
VONNE
10-49 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Food
We have a mix of home working and online meetings where possible. This has made our working hours more efficient and reduced our carbon footprint
Jo Holmes
Genee
1-9 employees
Gateshead
Travel
We've made a public promise on our website to stop climate change. This includes the action plan for 2022 so we can be accountable for doing what we say we are going to do.
Karen Parry
Inclusion North
10-49 employees
Engagement
We've been promoting and proactively delivering more green jobs and carbon literacy training.
Lisa Stephenson
Groundwork
50+ employees
Engagement
We've invested in LED lighting throughout the centre to reduce energy usage
Mandi Cresswell
Meadow Well Connected
50+ employees
North Tyneside
Buildings
The WEA North East is an educational charity and has an exciting programme of free environmental courses to coincide with COP26 the UN Climate Change Conference. There is a wide range of subjects including crafts, beekeeping, climate change, gardening and cookery some are taking place online and some are face to face in local venues.
Karen Clough
WEA
50+ employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Engagement
We've had our environmental policy approved by the board so we have a plan of what steps we can take to reduce our carbon emissions.
Suzanne McDermott
Rise
10-49 employees
Durham
Engagement
We're undergoing baseline assessment of carbon emissions for our large and complex VCS organisation.
Lisa Stephenson
Groundwork
50+ employees
Engagement
We have installed better signage at all bins to encourage proper recycling practices.
Zoe Hull
Durham Wildlife Trust
10-49 employees
Durham
Waste
We’ve set up an internal climate action group to look at what we can change in the way we run, who we can influence and how we can make sure people with a learning disability and autistic people are involved in the climate action conversation
Karen Parry
Inclusion North
10-49 employees
Engagement
We have installed 25kW of solar panels, that’s 100 panels, on a local primary school.
Paul Hewitson
HartlePower
1-9 employees
Hartlepool
Buildings
We've set up battery recycling and crisp packet recycling within the building through the eco-council.
Anne Webster
MEA House
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Waste
We've taken the SME Climate Pledge to reduce our climate emissions
Suzanne McDermott
Rise
10-49 employees
Durham
Engagement
We source food waste that is perfectly good to eat and turn it into meals for residents most in need. We've recycled 21 tonnes!
Wayne Dobson
Cedarwood Trust
10-49 employees
North Tyneside
Food
We've started an eco-council in MEA House.
Anne Webster
MEA House
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Buildings
We have committed to only providing vegetarian and vegan food at any in-person events to cut down on meat production.
Anya Bonner
Collective Impact Agency
1-9 employees
Gateshead
Food
We've bought new recycling bins to encourage more recycling
Mandi Cresswell
Meadow Well Connected
50+ employees
North Tyneside
Waste
We've planted 400 trees and a wildflower meadow to increase the bio-diversity in the area.
Mandi Cresswell
Meadow Well Connected
50+ employees
North Tyneside
Engagement
Instead of sending email attachments, we use Teams as this has a much smaller carbon footprint.
Lisa Stephenson
Groundwork
50+ employees
Energy
We gave the staff team reusable, eco-friendly water bottles for Christmas.
We've installed solar panels and LED lights to reduce our carbon emissions.
David Barker
Willow Burn Hospice
50+ employees
Durham
Buildings
We've started using permaculture which is better for the environment and more sustainable long term.
Mandi Cresswell
Meadow Well Connected
50+ employees
North Tyneside
Engagement
We changed to a 100% green energy tariff and our energy provider matched the tariff so it didn't cost us anything!
Carol Botten
VONNE
10-49 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
We've taken corporate membership to Co-Wheels car club (electric/ hybrid vehicles) for staff to use for travel to meetings etc
Carol Botten
VONNE
10-49 employees
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Travel
OASES has established the County Durham Climate Action Group to bring together organisations who want to drive forward local climate activities.
Rich Hurst
OASES
1-9 employees
Durham
Engagement
We've changed to fully flexible and remote working without an office which significantly reduces our staff mileage and carbon footprint.
Kate Jeffels
Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland
1-9 employees
Middlesbrough
Travel
We now have an electrical and battery collection point in our office in partnership with Durham County Council.
We started using reusable water bottles to reduce waste.
We’ve reused two old baths to plant potatoes, strawberries and wildflowers in the Catalyst garden. We’re also putting in picnic tables so people can have lunch outside.
Jon Carling
Catalyst Stockton
10-49 employees
Stockton
Waste
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