The Community Energy Network, encourages communities to investigate the potential to develop alternative forms of energy, to learn from others who have developed energy projects, share ideas and develop their own projects.
To help this network, PLANED has organised events such as a Web Seminar with Community Energy Scotland, a workshop on ‘Returns on Renewables’, and a visit to see wind turbines in action. It has also raised awareness of alternative energy issues through the Sustainable Agriculture Network.
The ‘Valuing the Environment’ network aims to help communities to develop the skills they need in order to design and implement practical projects that enhance the environment of the county, and which thereby improve quality of life and may extend the opportunities for sustainable tourism and recreation. These practical projects appear within Community Action Plans.
PLANED has organised a range of training and workshop events, with the help of experts, to extend people’s understanding of the environment. Topics include wildlife gardening, willow weaving, energy auditing, funding for community environmental groups etc. Environmental awareness is also promoted through the ‘Wildlife on your Patch’ project enabling local people to find out more about the wildlife living in their neighbourhood.