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Updates from Going Green Together - Issue #6
Hello and welcome to the Going Green Together newsletter. Our campaign supports VCSE organisations in the North East on their journey towards net zero.

Going Green Together logo and Newsletter banner with graphics of landmarks from the North East, trees, a wind turbine and a bicycle.
Going Green Together logo and Newsletter banner with graphics of landmarks from the North East, trees, a wind turbine and a bicycle.
Latest from Going Green Together
We’ve been sowing seeds and Growing Green Together!
In February we partnered with NCVO for their North East Member’s Assembly where we shared a presentation on Going Green Together. After the presentation, organisations were sent into breakout groups where they discussed challenges preventing them from taking climate action, what support could help them to take action, what might motivate the sector to take action and what they are already doing. It was a really lovely meeting and it was great to have chats with other organisations.
Subsequently, we had quite a few new faces in our February peer support session! This month we talked about how to engage team members and the wider sector. Find out more about the session and lots of useful links we shared in the blog on the Going Green Together medium.
Our Stage 2 application for the National Lottery Community Fund has been sent off. So hopefully it won’t be long until we have some exciting news to share with you!
If you have any climate action events or news you’d like us to share, email hello@goinggreentogether.org.
Grubs up!
Food contributes 24% of global carbon emissions. Visit the Going Green Together website for tips on how your organisation can lower it’s carbon footprint by making different choices with your dinner.
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Going Green Together logo and VCAA banner with graphics of landmarks from the North East, trees, a wind turbine and a bicycle.
Middlesbrough Environment City - Climate Action Forum
Wednesday, March 9th, 10am-12noon
The Climate Action Forum is a meeting of residents and organisations to discuss and organise activities related to awareness of climate change and the reduction of our carbon footprint. Middlesbrough Environment City offer training, support with events, the chance to meet other like minded people and to hear from guest speakers on environmentally related issues.
The forum is open to any individuals or representatives of community and business organisations who reside or are based in the Middlesbrough Council catchment area.
The meetings take place monthly on Wednesdays from 10am until 12 noon at a venue in Whinney Banks. By attending the forum you do not have to commit to anything, you can just come along to see if it is the kind of thing you would like to be involved with.
If you would like to come along then contact david.scriven@menvcity.org.uk to book a place.
Going Green Together’s ‘You’ve got no mail!’ campaign
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Going Green Together logo and Events banner with graphics of landmarks from the North East, trees, a wind turbine and a bicycle.
Monthly peer support session
Wednesday, March 9th, 4pm-5pm
Join our peer support session to collaborate with other organisations and take your first steps towards net zero. We’re here to give you a helping hand so you can take climate action.
We hope to see you there!
Energy Ambassadors course
Monday, March 7th, 14th and 21st, 2pm-3:30pm
Yorkshire Energy Doctor CIC are running an online energy training course which will equip you to be able to advise local residents on how to reduce their energy costs and provide useful information on schemes available to help keep people warm over winter.
You can expect to learn about fuel poverty, energy use, energy saving tips and much more. The course is free thanks to funding from the Northern Gas Networks.
IPPR North - Net zero places: Developing a community-led response to the climate crisis
Monday, March 7th, 3pm-4pm
IPPR North are hosting an event focused on its latest research on environmental justice and sustainable places. It argues that communities must be at the heart of a just transition to net zero.
The event will feature a presentation from IPPR North about their research; a panel of guest speakers including mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the opportunity to ask questions.
NCVO - The Road Ahead 2022: Future of work and climate change – What next?
Wednesday, March 9th, 10:30am
NCVO members are invited to the Road Ahead 2022 meeting which will look at how organisations are prepared for the future of work following the pandemic and how your organisation can respond to climate change.
National Energy Action (NEA) - Vulnerability in the Energy Market Webinar
Thursday, March 10th, 9:30am-11am
NEA’s webinar on the Vulnerability in the Energy Market will focus on how Ofgem, fuel suppliers, Gas Distribution Network Companies and Distribution Network Operators define vulnerability and what support is on offer - including the Priority Services Register.
The webinar is designed for frontline staff and volunteers who work with people who are vulnerable or potentially vulnerable and require additional support and don’t know about the what support fuel suppliers and network operators offer.
Fully funded spaces are available to non-commercial organisations based in England and Wales.
Durham Community Action - Online Share and Learn Meeting: Energy Efficiency
Thursday, March 10th, 10am-11am
The Share and Learn Network is for organisations running buildings and services in County Durham. This meeting will be focused on Energy Efficiency. Caroline Hearne from the Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) will join the meeting to talk about how to reduce bills.
Durham Community Action - Taking action to become a greener voluntary organisation
Thursday, March 17, 1.30pm-3pm
Trustees and staff from organisations in County Durham can join Durham Community Action’s workshop to find out how to become greener.
The session covers:
  • Why organisations need to take action now
  • Understanding trustee responsibilities within your organisation
  • What to include in an environmental policy
  • Creating an action plan for becoming a greener organisation
  • What you can do to support your community to take action.
Connected Voice - Climate Emergency: Making practical changes in your organisation
Tuesday, April 12th, 1pm-3pm
Connected Voice’s session will be useful for organisations that don’t have an environmental policy or are looking to update it to reflect the climate emergency.
The workshop is aimed at organisations working in Newcastle and Gateshead.
In the session you will find out:
  • How funders are increasingly looking for organisations to have an effective environmental policy
  • What elements should be in a contemporary and meaningful environmental policy
  • How can you engage the communities you serve in making a difference
  • Ten achievable and practical things you can do to make a difference
Dates for the diary
March climate campaigns:
Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date and see what actions your organisation can take to get involved.
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Going Green Together logo and Other news and resources banner with graphics of landmarks from the North East, trees, a wind turbine and a bicycle.
IPPR: Net zero places: A community-powered response to the climate crisis
Energy Saving Trust: Energy Redress scheme
Friends of the Earth: What the latest IPCC report tells us
Cultivation Street Week
In March the Cultivation Street campaign brings people together by encouraging them to cultivate their community gardens. There are a variety of different competition categories so if your organisation has a community garden, why not register? You’ll receive a digital starter pack with information on the campaign and monthly newsletter with gardening ideas.
Make sure you share your community garden pictures with us on Twitter!
And finally....join us
Join the Going Green Together movement today – to learn, take your first steps in climate action, and share your successes with the community to help inspire others. Connect with us and others by joining our network.
Going Green Together is a VONNE Climate Action Alliance initiative hosted by VONNE. Registered Company in England Number: 4061592. Registered Charity Number: 1084083
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