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Durkan launches energy efficient Footprints Women’s Centre

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Environment

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today launched the new energy efficient Footprints Women’s Centre in Belfast.

The Footprints Women’s Centre, which has been an integral part of the Colin Glen community since 1991, received funding from the Big Lottery’s ‘Energy Efficient Venues’ Programme to install energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technology.

 

Arriving to the venue in an electric car Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “In the current financial climate it is more important than ever that we all look for ways in which we can become more resource efficient, thereby reducing costs and the impact on our environment.

 

“Launching an energy efficient centre like this showcases what can be achieved when a community works together with dedication and vision to become more sustainable. Initiatives such as the Big Lottery Energy Efficient Venues Programme has turned Footprints Women’s Centre’s vision into a reality.”

 

By installing renewable energy technology in the form of solar panels and introducing energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation and timer switches on lights, the Footprints Women’s Centre will be able to improve the overall energy efficiency of its building, save on energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

 

This work complements the existing sustainable living projects at the Centre which includes a food growing garden and a recycling and educational programme.

 

Minister Durkan continued: “I believe that it is important that everyone recognises the role they can have in shaping a clean, green future for Northern Ireland. Introducing new technology and making small lifestyle changes, such as those which the Footprints Women’s Centre have done, can have positive financial, health and environmental benefits.

 

“Whether it is changing the way we use energy, increasing our recycling, reducing our food waste, or indeed changing the way we travel – as I did today, we can all do our bit for the environment of today and for future generations to come.”

 

Notes to editors:

 

1. The Big Lottery Energy Efficient Venues Programme paid for community organisations to carry out works to their venues to make them more environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/northern-ireland/energy-efficient-venues

 

2. As well as benefitting the environment, the programme helped community organisations save on their heating and lighting costs. Applications for the Programme closed on 1 June 2012.

 

3. The Footprints Women’s Centre has provided services for women and children within the Colin Neighbourhood since 1991. http://www.footprintswomenscentre.org/

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