At an Award Ceremony in York, a joint team of Pickering Civic Society and Kirkbymoorside Environment Group won the GOLD first prize in the Green Neighbourhood Challenge (GNC), ahead of teams from all round N Yorks.

Members from the two groups have spent the last six months undertaking various activities to reduce their carbon footprint, and that of their respective towns. Members of our group personally reduced their carbon emissions by 11% - the equivalent weight of eleven elephants in carbon saved.  This was not the largest reduction of all the groups, but the fact that we were already pretty low carbon was in our favour. It was difficult for us to reduce further, but we did it!

This challenge was organised by the Yorkshire Energy Partnership in conjunction with the Stockholm Environment Institute, based at York University.

The Gold Award means that the group has £500 to share between Kirkbymoorside and Pickering, to be used for sustainable community projects.

You can see the certificate here.

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