RHA – Greener RCT

In this time of climate emergency, we are delighted to have received UK Government funding which enables us to launch our new exciting Greener RCT project.

We will be offering educational activities and opportunities that will address the importance of working to address climate change. We’ll be working across RCT, in partnership with local businesses, schools, colleges, the construction industry and community groups to champion change through collective climate action.

We will be delivering on three 3 objectives:

  • Educating local people on the impact of climate change and the importance of climate action
  • Researching and designing a ‘Green Skills’ pathway in the field of maintenance and construction
  • To action change locally through testing and trialling a ‘Green High Street’ in Tonypandy.

We have appointed our Greener RCT project officer who will be delivering on our commitment to see communities thrive and become places tenants can enjoy and be proud of. Our Greener RCT Project Officer will champion the importance of climate action, bringing people together in accessible and relatable ways through educational sessions, networks and events.

Educating local people

We plan to work with the Carbon Literacy Project to offer Carbon Literacy training in schools, to community groups, local businesses, contractors and stakeholders and will increase ‘awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities.  We aim to establish a Citizens’ Climate Action Network, working with other organisations such as RCT Climate Action Network to continue raising awareness and enabling continuous consultation on green issues.

Green Skills pathway

We will be working with our research partner, to map mapping training providers, service deliverers, contractors, trades people and local businesses and identify the appetite for a ‘Green Skills Network’ which will help address the skills shortage in sustainable and renewable technologies, methods of construction and land management.

The research carried out will enable us to establish the ‘Green Skills Network’, and develop a pathway for a ‘Greens Skills Academy’ to become a centre in RCT.

Green High Street

We will work with Tonypandy Chamber of Trade, to and identify steps/actions on becoming a Green or Eco High Street.  We will work with local businesses to evaluate their environmental impact and capture a full picture of their existing environmental / sustainability commitments.

We will also carry out a community consultation to help deliver a a greener more sustainable town could help not only from a climate emergency perspective but in terms of regenerating the town, and creating a vibrant, prosperous high street.

We will support businesses with training to showcase their commitment towards sustainability and local spend and help improve their business reach, supporting the long-term goal of getting Tonypandy on the map and being recognised as a Green High Street. 

Rhianydd Jenkins – Director of Regeneration & Development said:

We are really pleased to have secured this funding and to have welcomed Ellen to the team at RHA. The funding will enable us to deliver real change within our communities. By raising awareness, knowledge and understanding around green skills and all things sustainability we aim to help our communities to live a greener and more sustainable life in a variety of ways. The work that Ellen will lead on cross cuts, so much of our ongoing projects, particularly our focus on regeneration and ensuring the work we do supports the sustainability of our communities and offers opportunities for our future generations to prosper. 

If you would like to know more about our project then contact:

Greener RCT Project Officer – Ellen Petts

Tel: 07961 865651

Email: [email protected]

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