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Brunny goes green!

The Brunswick Youth & Community Centre forges ahead with exciting plans to build a greener future for the centre and the community.

The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre has taken a massive step forward in its efforts to go carbon neutral. 

The Brunny, situated in the heart of the community of Bootle, has over recent years made massive strides in developing a green future for the centre, and supporting the community that it serves.

The green initiatives that the Brunswick has implemented over recent years has included the development of a Community Garden from waste land, offering access to a green space for residents, children, and young people. As well a developing educational programmes and growing fresh produce.

Internally, the centre has installed high efficiency LED lighting on sensors to minimise energy use, and carbon emissions.  Along side this, the Brunswick has removing an inefficient and outdated boiler system, and in exploring new more sustainable ways of heating the centre.

The Brunswick has been proud to support other organisations and community groups, helping to develop “friends of groups” for local green areas, and programmes for growing plants, fruit and vegetables at home and in urban spaces.

Now the Brunswick has taken its biggest step forward yet!

With funding and support from VEOLIA the Brunswick has install 120 solar panel on the roof of the Sports Hall, the power generated is directly helping to power not only the Brunswick Youth & Community Centre, but also a neighbouring project.

In just two weeks of the system being in place, the Brunswick Youth & Community Centre has already saved nearly 1 tonne of CO2, and is producing more energy than it is using, with it being on course to save 26 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

To further support the local community, and the green agenda, the Brunswick is currently explore options for the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

With the amount of power generated it is hoped that in a short time the Brunswick will be able to put power back into the national grid, not only tackling its own carbon footprint, but supporting the national effort to reduce the carbon impact of the United Kingdom in line the Climate Change Act.