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What can you do as a Town & Parish Council?

Book some carbon literacy training

Parish and Town Councils are at the heart of our communities and ought to cascade that understanding to people - to change diets, how we heat and light our buildings, how we travel, and what we buy so we reuse and recycle.


Save Our Shropshire (SOS) run inspirational and practical courses for Parish and Town Councils to help them engage with their communities. It is based on the Carbon Literacy Project’s material and can lead to Carbon Literacy (CL) certification. It helps turns learning into local action.

Click here to find out more: Parish/Town Council workshops - Save Our Shropshire

South Shropshire Climate Action Emergency Action Plan for Parish & Town Councils
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Use the Impact Community Carbon 
 to assess your community's carbon footprint

The Centre for Sustainable Energy has developed the online Impact Community Carbon Calculator tool It calculates the total amount of greenhouse gases produced directly and indirectly as a result of everyday human activities (heating homes, using electricity, transport, producing and distributing food, disposing of waste, etc.) at the level of parishes, wards, district councils and unitary authorities.  It helps communities target their resources to gain the greatest impact in reducing emissions.

Use this toolkit to identify actions councils can take

Stay Green is a website and toolkit designed to help Town and Parish Councils identify and implement sustainability policies. The toolkit identifies sustainable actions, and provides step-by-step guides on best practice across all areas including buildings, transport and community engagement.   

Write a Town or Parish Council Climate Action Plan

To help you:

A blank template for your Climate Action Plan can be found here.

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Make your community buildings more energy efficient and save money


The Centre for Sustainable Energy has a Community Action Plan guide on how to retrofit a community building 

The Marches Energy Grant (MEG) scheme offers free advice, energy assessments and grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures to SMEs from all sectors. The funding is also available to support community buildings. The project also provides networking and webinar events for SMEs and other organisations.

​Sign up via: for a free energy efficiency audit to assess equipment, premises, processes and performance and identify opportunities for improvements in energy usage.  Grants are available for projects worth up to £20,000 (some match funding is required)

This Leaflet on Energy Advice and Support for Community Buildings in South Shropshire contains further advice on the support that is available.

Share your successful local projects with Carbon Copy

Carbon Copy is a national charity offering ideas and motivation to drive local action to protect us from climate breakdown and defend Nature.


The Carbon Copy network includes climate action stories from over 1,000 UK organisations (including some in Shropshire) and area-specific information about the changing climate and Climate Action Plans. Add your success story here.

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