North Howe Transition Toun, the pioneering green group run by the people of the Letham, Collessie and Giffordtown has been declared the Best Green Community Initiative in Scotland at the prestigious Scottish Green Awards in Glasgow.
Nominated for their work in fostering their community and improving the environment through work on sustainable transport and local food, the award especially reflecting the CaRB Project, NHTTS’s energy saving initiative which cut £220 from average household energy bills and reduced carbon emissions by 3745 tonnes.
Commenting on the project, Sitar Ramsay of Energy Saving Scotland said ‘this was a well-organised and ambitious project, with a lot of integrity’. ‘ A shining example of how to succeed at a local level’ said Nick Heath of Changeworks.
Monimail resident Tom Morton, chair of NHTT, said: ‘We were delighted to be chosen as finalists and are staggered to have won the award. There are a lot of community groups doing great things in Scotland just now and the competition was really very strong, but it’s great to have national recognition for what so many in our community have achieved.’
Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland and chair of the judging panel for the Scottish Green Awards said: “I and the other judges were particularly impressed with the comprehensive approach taken by NHTT to making their area more sustainable. From energy use to transport and food the group have had great ideas and followed them through over the last two years. North Howe Transition Toun provide a superb example of how even a small community can start to get to grips with what climate change and high oil prices will bring.”