Reducing energy use – challenge to find new city projects

News from Enspiral and Generation Zero
Applications are now open for the Smart Energy Challenge, supporting and funding community-driven projects that aim to reduce energy use or increase the generation of clean energy in Wellington.

The Challenge is a collaboration between the Wellington City Council, local social enterprises Enspiral and PledgeMe, and climate change organisation Generation Zero. Together, and with support from corporate partners, they will help successful applicants to develop their projects through a series of workshops, community events, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Participants will then move on to the crowdfunding round, where they promote their projects on PledgeMe in order to raise funds from the community. The Council will match fund the amount each project raises, capped at a total of $20,000 across all successful projects.

“This is a terrific opportunity for the Wellington City Council to work with some of Wellington’s brightest social entrepreneurs and to take positive action to mitigate climate change”, says Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.

The Challenge is the latest initiative to come out of the Council’s Smart Energy Capital Programme. It is a further exciting development in the social enterprise sector which is rapidly gathering momentum.

The Government recently acknowledged the value of the growing sector and its support for collaborative action to ensure social enterprises reach their full potential. It will invest $1.27 million in the development of a solid support infrastructure for emerging social enterprises.

“The Smart Energy Challenge shows how partnerships and innovative funding models such as crowdfunding and match funding can help to fulfil social and environmental goals, grow community in the sector and unlock seed funding for new ventures”, says Silvia Zuur, Board Member of Enspiral.

Applications to the Challenge close 8.00pm on Friday 28 February. For more information and to apply go to smartenergychallenge.org.nz.

News from WCC
Applications are now open for the Wellington City Council’s Smart Energy Challenge. The Council is looking to develop and fund a variety of community-driven projects that aim to reduce energy use or increase the generation of clean energy in Wellington.

This pilot project will see the Council working collaboratively with local social enterprise and climate change solutions organisations Enspiral, Generation Zero and PledgeMe. Together they will help successful applicants to develop their projects through a series of workshops, community events, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Participants will then move on to the crowdfunding round, where they will promote their projects on PledgeMe, in order to raise funds from the community.

Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown says the Council will match fund the amount each project raises, capped at a total of $20,000 across all successful projects. “This is a terrific opportunity for Wellington City Council to work with some of Wellington’s brightest social entrepreneurs and to take positive action to mitigate climate change.”

The Smart Energy Challenge is the latest initiative to come out of the Council’s Smart Energy Capital Programme. Applications close on Friday the 28 February. For more information and to apply go to smartenergychallenge.org.nz

About Enspiral

Enspiral is a virtual and physical network of companies and professionals working together to create a thriving society.

About PledgeMe

PledgeMe is New Zealand’s crowdfunding platform to create, collaborate and support the funding of creative projects.

About Generation Zero

Generation Zero is an organisation of young New Zealanders working to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities and independence from fossil fuels.

Wellington City Council’s Smart Energy Capital Programme

The Smart Capital Programme provides funding for Council to support and co-fund a range of smart energy initiatives that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and create other benefits, such as health and economic development.

 

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