27 October 2021
£1m climate action programme launched
‘Greener Futures’ initiative to mobilise community action and training for the green economy launched by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has launched Greener Futures, a new four-year £1 million+ investment programme focused on communities and the climate emergency.
The programme aims to improve lives in the places Grosvenor helps to make and manage by supporting training for jobs in the green economy, enabling community-led climate action and improving young people’s access to nature.
In addition to the c.£1.4 million GBI donates annually to the Westminster Foundation to support vulnerable young lives in Westminster & Chester, the company has now committed £1 million to Greener Futures over the next four-years which will be boosted by employee fundraising.
To deliver the programme Grosvenor is partnering with Groundwork, a federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. A Greener Futures Fund has also been launched with the London Community Foundation, which is now open for applications from community organisations and charities working in Westminster & north Southwark.
The programme aims to champion the potential of local communities in helping tackle the climate emergency alongside global actors. As a new report published last week highlighted, communities are often an over-looked but valuable part of the response: Communities vs Climate Change.
An effective locally based climate response can also benefit communities, making a difference to people’s health, creating jobs and improving the places where we all live.
Tor Burrows, Executive Director for Sustainability & Innovation, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “Climate action needs to ignite at every level. We need Governmental commitments and international agreements hand in glove with a surge in local action, and all this needs to be delivered through partnerships. By working and innovating together we can have a much bigger impact on the ground.
“Greener Futures will see us commit c.£1 million alongside additional employee fundraising by 2025. Together with our partners, we will raise money and offer our time to help communities take full advantage of the economic, wellbeing and social opportunities offered by the transition to a greener economy.”
Graham Duxbury, UK Chief Executive, Groundwork said: “We are pleased to be working alongside Grosvenor on this exciting initiative that will support community-led climate action through green jobs and increasing peoples access to nature. By both encouraging and enabling young people towards a job in the green sector, we not only support young people to gain employment and build a green career, but we are helping to future-proof communities through environmental action that will ultimately benefit us all.”
About Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland creates great places where communities, business and nature thrive.
In London’s West End, we support 9,000 residents, c1,000 businesses and 50,000 workers every day. We also create and manage sustainable neighbourhoods in London, Liverpool and across the South East of England.
We are one part of a global, family owned business that has been developing and managing land and property for over 340 years. Thinking long term allows us to give equal weight to the environmental, social and commercial impact of everything that we do.