The government has announced funding of £800,000 for green projects to help community groups live more sustainably.
The Inspiring Sustainable Living grants from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will fund projects which provide a 'greenprint' to give local community groups support and advice on how they can live more sustainably.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said the grants were inspired by the green model of the 2012 Olympics Games and would leave a "lasting green legacy".
“London 2012 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire genuine change and provide a model of how living sustainably can be incorporated into whole communities as we build a green economy.
"These projects will contribute by making a practical difference in the community," she said.
Start-up grants of £200,000 will be provided by Defra for each of the following projects for one year to deliver results by March 2013:
- One Planet Experience (BioRegional) will recruit 2,012 inspirational role models, including Olympians and Paralympians to help them achieve more long-term sustainable lifestyles and act as community leaders for sustainability. An interactive sustainability centre at the Games will encourage athletes to make and keep their sustainability pledges, and Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola will also provide support for the project.
- Inspired to Sustainable Living (East Potential) will provide practical advice and assistance to social housing tenants to increase recycling rates and develop better understanding of nutrition for disadvantaged young people.
- Transform Project (Groundwork London) will transform 20 areas of derelict land into local green spaces or community gardens, as well as improving local recycling rates and empowering people to lead more sustainable lifestyles and engage in environmental volunteering.
- Active Travel Champions (Sustrans) will provide training and support to volunteers so that they can encourage people in workplaces, schools, universities and communities to make healthier and more environmentally-friendly long-term transport choices.
Defra worked closely with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) on selecting the projects which aim to help people live more sustainable lives using the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.