Three community-based initiatives aimed at educating the community on sustainable energy use have attracted State Government funding.
Energy Minister Francis Logan said all three projects were terrific examples of the State Government working with community groups to increase the use of renewable energy and energy-efficient products and practices.
“These three initiatives really emphasise the message of sustainable energy use,” Mr Logan said.
“It is reassuring that community groups are taking this issue seriously and using innovative ways to educate and build awareness.”
The three projects are:
· The City of South Perth ($10,000) for its ‘Footprints’ series of educational workshops to reduce energy use. South Perth students, in association with Millennium Kids, will create an art installation that draws on solar and wind energy. The structure will then be exhibited at the Mends Street Carnivale from March 10 to 16.
· The Alternative Technology Association and The University of Western Australia ($20,000) for the Perth Sun Fair 2008 on April 6. The fair is open to the public and will display information and technologies related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living.
· Green Skills Inc ($28,570) to run five community workshops and an open day for householders to learn how to retrofit their homes and to reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Green Skills Inc is a non-profit community organisation with offices in Murdoch, Denmark and Albany.
Mr Logan said funding for each of the programs was provided through the State Government’s Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO) Grants Program.
The program awards funding for both community-based projects and research-and-development projects which promote, encourage and educate the public on sustainable energy use.
More information is available at http://www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au
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