£1m up for grabs in Big Green Challenge


Could you clad a boiler with reclaimed fleece, while boosting a youth club’s roof-top wind-turbine with a bit of your own pedal power? If so, apply for some of the £1m being put up by NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

The organisation has today opened entries for its Big Green Challenge. Businesses need not apply, unless you’re a not-for-profit scheme.

“Our latest survey shows that eight of ten people think they’ve had an idea that would have a positive impact on people’s lives, but few people follow up on their idea beyond that initial moment of inspired thinking.

“The Big Green Challenge is all about unleashing new ideas for reducing carbon emissions in communities. If you’ve already got an idea at the back of your mind, sharing it with other people in your group or community could be the first step to making it a reality.

“The Big Green Challenge from NESTA is an active competition. It’s not just about ideas, although good ideas will obviously help. It’s about putting ideas into practice. The Challenge will take place over two years – from October 2007 to October 2009 – and will require you to engage and involve your community.”

The deadline for entries is 29th February. OK, I admit it, I altered the logo a little. The bikes should be on top, not falling off the bottom.