Between 2010 – 2015, PET managed a Youth Ecology Education Project financed by a £462,000 grant from the Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) for the Moray Junior Eco-Forum; it was also successfully taken overseas!
Now the basis of PET’s Affordable Housing program, from 2013 we fundraised for, and now manage four East Whins units as “Section 75” housing. We fully own two flats, which are dedicated to community elder care, while two are held in shared ownership.
In 2015, after PET’s participation at the COP21 in Paris, PET produced a first Carbon Footprint Assessment. This showed an average Findhorn Community Carbon Footprint of 9.5 tonnes of CO2e/capita/year – effectively the UK average. We aim to re-calculate & publish this annually.
In 2016 PET started to fundraised £500,000+ for a further six affordable units at West Whins in the Park. Building and the social Allocation process took place in spring 2017, and the Community members receive their front door keys on 1/12/2017! Our Community-owned PETmanaged assets continue to rise.
In beginning 2017 PET decided to create a Carbon Offsetting Service. The Carbon Footprint Assessment published in 2016, had put the Community at roughly the UK average, the primary cause of which was/is air travel by Foundation guests and Community residents. One strategy to decrease this negative effect on global warming is through Offsetting.
In this way, the Foundation, Ecovillage, wider Community members, and their guests and friends can
(i) learn to appreciate the personally attributable, actual CO2 £impact of our activities and
(ii) REALLY start £o offset them — now!