What to we do to be “green”?
What we can is the short answer.
Well, first of all, all aspects are considered with ecological consequences. This has been the case for many years and not a newly adopted policy.
In 2011, we were the first Council out of 10,000 nationally to achieve “Green Achiever” status.
The Clerk and the Council combined to cut mileage emissions by the Clerk buying an electric bike under the Bike to Work scheme 10 years ago. The bike does up to 25 miles on a 4p charge and is only charged under renewable solar energy at the Clerk’s home.
We do not print letters, reports, minutes or any other paperwork unless an original is needed. These are sent by email and read on screen reducing the need to print and aiming to go totally paper free.
The Clerk works from home in daylight when solar power is used. A laptop computer is charged in the day during this time to use at night if necessary.
We send out Christmas cards electronically as the Clerk has a subscription to Jacquie Lawson and uses that at no cost to the Council.
The Council runs a Community Centre that has been ecologically audited. It has the right windows and doors, insulation, PIR sensitive lights and a modern highly efficient boiler.
Cannel Mount is an area we have taken over that was a product of the mining industry and we aim to enhance the area as a recreational asset.
We promote healthy living by encouraging people to use cycles and walk to school.
We promote cycle and walking routes in the area.
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting.
Wednesday 1st December 2010. Heath Hayes Library, Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes.
14. Consideration of declaration to promote and pursue “green” policies to make the area more ecologically sustainable.
The Council agreed that better use of power would reduce the need for power generation and costs for residents and agreed to support a general proposal that as a policy, the Council would pursue green policies whenever appropriate to make the area more ecologically sustainable.
Residents were encouraged to recycle, to use low energy bulbs, to turn the heating down by one degree, to turn electrical appliances off when not in use and to reduce petrol consumption by using cars less.
It was also agreed to investigate projects for power generation and saving and to consider issues when possible to reduce the consumption of non-renewable energy and to investigate the use of electrical monitors (smart monitors).
• To promote appropriate green issues.
• To encourage efficient power use.
• To encourage recycling.
• To consider promoting local power generation.
• To promote sustainable use of power.
• To promote the reduction of carbon emissions through lower vehicle use.
• To investigate the suitability of the use of electricity monitors.