Nine councils and two universities unite for a one-of-a-kind partnership to tackle the climate crisis.
Join Green Rewards today and earn great discounts, coupons and prizes at local businesses and projects in your community for playing your part in tackling climate change and reaching net zero!
This is the message from the nine local councils in Nottinghamshire who have joined forces with local universities and creator Jump for an innovative partnership!
It provides a new Green Rewards app and web platform, which means Notts residents can accumulate points and earn prizes for many activities they do every day at home or away that help reduce their carbon footprint.
It is part of the Universities of Nottingham Civic Collaboration which aims to improve the way universities work with each other and with their local partners to help improve the lives of local people.
Register for free now on https://notts.greenrewards.co.uk or download the Green Rewards app on iOS and Android. Search for âNotts; Green Rewards’ in your device’s app store.
Similar to reward points at retailers, all residents need to do is log their daily activities that highlight how they are reducing the amount of carbon they are creating, such as:
- Walk to work or school instead of driving
- Cycling or using public transport
- Take out your recycling bin with all the good recyclable materials
- Turn off a light or switch at home
- Take a shower of four minutes or less and much, much more!
A full list of how you can redeem points is available on the app or on https://notts.greenrewards.co.uk/ and when you accumulate enough points, then you can earn discounts, coupons and prizes.
There are also Â£ 20 vouchers for the top two residents of each communal area who earn the most points each month, to be claimed in local businesses, to donate to worthy causes or projects and in some districts and boroughs, there are also prizes for the best wards winning points.
All Notts councils including Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council have come together to go forward and fund the platform and application to residents.
They followed the lead of Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham who use the app to encourage their staff and students to log their daily activities.
As part of the Universities for Nottingham initiative, partners committed to tackling sustainable travel and transport and to developing joint programs to change behavior, ensuring that lessons learned are passed on to all in the region.
The first collaborative sustainability engagement program of its kind in the UK, it showcases simple carbon reduction activities residents can do.
This means Nottinghamshire is the first county in the country to see all of its major local authorities and education partners collaborate in this way on a climate change reduction project ahead of next month’s COP 26, providing an easy platform to use and incentives for all.
Speaking on behalf of the council partners, Rushcliffe City Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan said: âWe are delighted to launch Green Rewards to our residents and provide them with the tools and motivation to join the fight against climate change. . Sign up or download the app today!
âSmall actions can really make a difference, and we’re confident in this program’s ability to show how impactful our residents can be.
âThis program has already been a huge success with students and University staff, so we are delighted that many residents can now join and be rewarded for all they do to help reduce carbon levels. .
âEvery time you walk, cycle or use green public transport instead of using a car, recycle responsibly, or just flip a switch or turn off the house, you can earn points and enjoy the rewards.
âEnvironment and climate change are at the forefront of all our priorities as partners and this project is a unique opportunity for councils across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to work together and achieve something extraordinary. “
Nottingham Trent University Sustainability Manager Charmaine Morrell said: âWe launched Green Rewards at Nottingham Trent University in February 2019, so I am delighted that the app is being rolled out across Nottinghamshire. .
âThis is a great achievement as all local authorities in Nottinghamshire have come together, united in their desire to involve everyone in the fight against climate change. At NTU alone, 360,000 kilograms of carbon have already been saved, the same weight as 90 elephants.
Andy Nolan, Director of Sustainability at the University of Nottingham, said: âWe are delighted with the way our staff and students have used the Green Rewards app to record the positive actions they take to achieve our goals. sustainability and it’s great to see how the commitments made under the Universities for Nottingham initiative are developing across the county.
âWe have already seen 23,000 positive actions, saving more than 25,000 kg of CO2.
The partnership will support each council’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040, with some committing to an earlier date of 2030.
Residents of each board will see different activities and content when they access the Green Rewards platform, ensuring that it is tailored to their board’s goals.
Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Jump, said: âWe are delighted to celebrate the launch of Notts Councils’ revolutionary Green Rewards program.
âThis is an important step in the race to reach net zero and it is very exciting to see the eight district and borough councils as well as the county council and two universities come together and collaborate so effectively. .
âI am excited about the range of carbon reduction activities that residents can get involved in, and with many people taking many individual actions, this collectively will make a big difference. “