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Story so far

Since the first Green Britain Day, we've been working to host events, share ideas, promote sustainability in communities and schools, and help our members cut their carbon footprints through ideas like the Low Carbon Rush Hour.


Creating a sustainable, low-carbon business can help to bring employees together, save money, even put more of a spring in your step on Monday morning. From the Low Carbon Rush Hour to simple, energy-saving tips, put sustainability at the heart of your business plan.

Sustainability in schools

EDF Energy’s Programme for Greener Schools is centred on the Pod, an online resource with lesson plans, activities and games to help teach pupils about environmental subjects such as energy, water, waste, transport and biodiversity. Since its launch in September 2008, the Pod has engaged over 4 million schoolchildren in more than 14,900 registered schools.

The story so far

Through events like Green Britain Day, The Big Lunch and The Low Carbon Rush Hour, we’ve been helping people across the country to discover new ways of doing everyday things; to start something different that’s better for them and better for the planet. The Team is also a great platform for members to share their own ideas. Here is a taste of the events we’ve been organising, the supporters who’ve been getting behind us – and just some of your ideas for helping to save money and cut CO2 emissions.

Low Carbon Rush Hour

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Where: Across the UK

When: July 2011

Olympic and Paralympic gold medalists Ellie Simmonds, Tim Brabants and Victoria Pendleton joined forces to persuade the country to embrace healthy, low-carbon ways of getting to work.

The first Green Britain Day

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Where: United Kingdom

When: July 10, 2009

Communities, schools and businesses came together to ‘do something green for the team’ and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

Growing your own in the city

Where: Acton, London

“People shouldn't have to walk more than 500 yards or so to get to a space where they can grow something,” says Sarah Milner-Simonds. This is the guiding principle behind The People's Plot.

The People Powered Flour Mill

Where: Dundee

Designer and craftsman Fergus Walker has come up with an ingenious way to promote local food production.

Changing attitudes to food

Where: Cornwall

Katy Davidson shakes her head as she recounts an anecdote told to her by a friend who works on the pizza counter in a supermarket. “This young guy came in and, picking up a pizza wrapped in plastic, asked her: ‘So, will this just dissolve when I cook it?’ It terrifies me how alienated people are from their food!”

Follow the Heroes


Read more about our Team Green Britain Heroes and their efforts to inspire sustainable living in communities across the country.