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Eco Energy Fair, Brighton

The event to raise awareness of the issues surrounding energy use and to help the people of Brighton & Hove to better manage their energy needs, saving money as well as the environment.
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About this project

Date started:
May 2009
Status:
Completed
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Description

Aims:

The event is designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding energy use and to help the people of Brighton & Hove better manage their energy needs, saving money as well as the environment.

Inspiration:

Lewes Eco Energy Fair

Outcomes so far:

Feedback from visitors and stallholders alike was very positive. 88% of visitors agreed that they had learned more about energy efficiency and renewable energy from their visit. A few examples of the actions they said they would take as a result of the visit were:
Do lots of low cost energy solutions at home
Fit free lightbulbs
Talk to the Council about solar panels in Council accomodation
Stay in touch with local companies
Join Transition Brighton & Hove

Unexpected outcomes:

It was really surprising how much help we got from so many different angles. A lot of energy coalesced in the project, as if it was waiting for the spark to happen!

Contacts made with possible sponsors, a community interest company doing similar projects around Sussex, and a possible link to get publicity from the University of Brighton.

Obstacles, and how we overcame them:

The main obstacle was inside opposition within the initiative. A few people (one specific person was particularly vocal) didn't wan't the project to go forward because of concerns about finances and the impact to the reputation of the initiative if it failed. The whole interaction wasn't well managed on both sides, and it ended causing a serious rift within the organization. It was overcome mainly by ignoring the efforts of this person to stop the project, after trying to reason seemed to fail. Eventually the project got its own bank account to avoid the worry that it might not be able to use the common Transition Brighton & Hove bank account, as this person was one of the bank account signatories and had threatened to veto any cheques.

Lessons learned:

The time dedicated to having clear structures within the organization that everybody understands is time well spent. The internal problems we had probably wouldn't have happened if everybody had been clear and agreed on the level of independence of each group, under what circumstances permission needed to be given by a forum meeting and when not. Part of the issue is that we were aware of the huge level of independence of the Food Group and expected to have the same.

Links and partnerships:

All the stallholders, too many to list.

Sources of funding:

Discount for the venue Fees paid by stallholders Entry fee paid by visitors Grassroots grant

Sources of materials:

We used our standard leaflets & educational material

Further information:

The fair was open from 10am – 4.30pm with stallholders exhibiting their products and services, a programme of short talks, videos to watch, books to buy, and even pedal-powered lights to see how much energy you use and can produce! The event was designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding energy use and to help the people of Brighton & Hove better manage their energy needs, saving money as well as the environment.

Further information

Contacts

Primary point of contact: 
Doly Garcia
Web point of contact: 
Doly Garcia

Is this a Transition group project or other?

Not a Transition project
Last updated: Sunday, 25 November 2012

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