A new initiative launches in Kirklees this week to help local businesses become more sustainable.
Gain Kirklees plans to involve as many businesses and organisations as possible throughout the district to work together to reduce the region’s impact on the environment and improve recycling and efficiency.
The scheme has been masterminded by sustainability experts at Huddersfield’s Core Facility Services in partnership with One Community, the Kirklees Community Foundation.
Gain Kirklees has already won support from John Smith’s Stadium, which has become an associate of the scheme.
Gareth Henderson, chairman of Core Facility Services, said the scheme would help the community tackle the growing climate emergency.
He said: “Gain aims to generate local economic growth through partnership, education and sustainability, benefitting everyone who lives and works in Kirklees.
“By signing up, organisations will receive strategic and tailored sustainability support from our team, group buying to reduce their energy costs and a whole host of benefits aimed at generating growth and improving wellbeing,” explained Gareth.
The scheme will create a fund to provide grants for sustainability initiatives within the community, which will be operated by One Community.
Gareth said: “Gain Kirklees is all about learning how we can reduce our impact on the environment, make our workplaces more energy and cost efficient and generate cash to improve Kirklees.
“We’re open to ideas from the local community and grants will be available to make things happen, whether that’s more electric vehicle charging points, cycle routes, better recycling, renewable energy or something completely different,” he added.
Emma Woods-Bolger of One Community said: “We are incredibly excited about Gain Kirklees and believe this is a really powerful way to help business grow whilst supporting community projects that are designed to cut carbon emissions and improve wellbeing.
“Above all, I think this will make everyone more aware of the steps we can all take to help tackle climate change,” she added.
Gain Kirklees will be raising awareness about the scheme and sustainability in general at a series of events. The first will be held at the Ray Wilson Suite in the Core Stadium of the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday 13 February.