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Acting for the environment: cooperation between a ’green’ and a ’social’ organisation

The EnergyNeighbourhoods project has promoted low-carbon, green way of life and behaviour change in everyday practices among families, households and small communities since 2011, emphasizing that climate-friendly, green lifestyle can be achieved by anyone. Between 2016-17 a Roma community, living in the village of Bag under deeply poor conditions, participated in the project, supported by a logal NGO, BAGázs Public Benefit Association.

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First ENERGISE Newsletter available

The first Newsletter in our ENERGISE research project has been issued, edited by GreenDependent Institute. The Newsletter can be read here.

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The winners of the save@work campaign gathered in Brussels

Representatives of the best Energy Teams from 8 European countries came together in Brussels to attend the closing event of the year-long energy saving campaign, the save@work. The EU funded save@work project has been supporting teams of employees in 176 public sector buildings to save energy using simple behaviour change techniques and experiencing extraordinary results.

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E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods Closing Event 2017

The prize-giving closing event of the energy saving programme 'E.ON EnergyNeigbourhoods' was held on 10th June 2017 in Budapest. At the end of the six months' competition, energy saving efforts and creativity of communities, as well as volunteer climate coordinators were awarded by the organisor, GreenDependent Institute.

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EnergyNeigbourhoods in Hungary

The following short movie was shot at the EnergyNeigbourhoods 2017 final award ceremony in Hungary organized by GreenDependent.

More info on the event here.

 

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The mayor and the cleaning lady joined forces against climate change − Public buildings have been awarded for their energy saving efforts

The closing and award ceremony for the year-long energy saving campaign called save@work was held on 25 May 2017 in Budapest. The EU funded campaign ran between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017, with 19 public buildings and over 2000 employees participating from Hungary. Its most important aim was to reduce the participating buildings' overall energy consumption by changing the employees' everyday practices and behaviour. The national partner was GreenDependent Institute, which provided the expertise and materials, as well as coordinated and organised the Hungarian events.

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E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods programme - after the 2. training for the energy masters

In our residential energy saving programme called E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods, small communities (of families, friends, colleagues, etc.) compete for saving the largest amount of energy only through changing their behaviour and everyday consumption patterns. Each group is supported by a volunteer adult coordinator called „energy master” and, if possible, by a young „energy hunter”. Energy masters and hunters support activities of their group, organise meetings and motivate their members.

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Searching for sustainable energy projects engaging households

Are you Involved in a project that seeks to change the way people use and consume energy? Are you promoting energy efficiency and lower energy consumption in households? Whether you are an NGO, an energy agency, a business, or perhaps a group of neighbours or a social club, we would like to hear and learn from you!

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GreenDependent projects in UNEP report on fostering and communicating sustainable lifestyles

The EnergyNeighbourhoods programme, along with one of GreenDependent's previous programmes, Small Footprint, included in UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) report published at the end of 2016. The report - Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices - furthers understanding of sustainable lifestyles to accelerate their widespread adoption. It contains 16 international good practice examples, of which Hungary is the only country representing Eastern-Europe. Case studies are included from The Netherlands, the UK, the US, China, Egypt, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Myanmar, but the report also introduces global initiatives and campaigns.

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Save@work - The detailed English report on the results of the pre-campaign survey is ready

Public buildings take part in the save@work campaign, which aims at reducing the buildings' overall energy consumption by changing the employees' everyday practices and behaviour. To be able to measure the impact of the campaign, we conduct surveys both at the beginning and at the end of the year-long competition. The so-called pre-campaign survey was filled in by around 20 % of all employees within the participating buildings of the nine EU countries involved in the project.

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