LOW CARBON WEST OXFORD
Biodiversity, Community, Energy, Food, Transport, Waste
Low Carbon West Oxford is a community-led initiative set up in the wake of the floods in 2007. Our aim is to tackle climate change by reducing our individual and community carbon dioxide emissions.
We work closely with our partner organisation, West Oxford Community Renewables (WOCoRe), to reduce the West Oxford community’s carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. WOCoRe installs renewable energy schemes to generate renewable energy and donates its surplus income to LCWO to support our carbon-reducing community projects.
LCWO became a registered charity in March 2010 and was voted Oxfordshire Charity of the Year 2010 as a result of its role in helping West Oxford residents to cut their carbon emissions through participation in our flagship Low Carbon Living Programme. Participants in the programme achieved an average reduction in their carbon footprint of around 10% in their first year.
In 2016/17 our plans are to: offer energy-efficiency advice and practical support to more residents in their home, focusing on a street at a time; to continue promoting waste reduction and re-using goods in our twice-yearly Bring & Take events; to set up a demonstration allotment to encourage more people to grow their own; to maintain Kingfisher Corner, our wildlife site in Botley Park, and plant trees in the park and wildlfowers at Hogacre Common; to support cycle training in the local primary school and environmental education in school and in the community generally; to raise awareness and join other organisations in campaigning about climate change issues, such as air quality, including through the organisation of themed open meetings; to support the work of WOCoRe, Osney Lock Hydro and the Low Carbon Hub, who generate community-owned renewable energy.
Our Co-ordinating Committee meets about 8 times p.a. in the evening, usually round a kitchen table, to discuss and take forward our plans. We welcome new volunteers – please contact us if you would like to be involved.