The fundamental aim of GreenLife was to promote sustainable living. It was launched in April 2003 and ended in December 2006, having reached over 13% of islanders. This was done by promoting  the three 'R's (refuse, reuse and recycle) and encouraging better use of resources, by conserving energy and water. This project was funded by the EU Leader+ programme. It worked with the wide community through schools, community groups - such as churches, village meetings, fates and so on.  One of the more popular ways of getting the Island population to be more energy efficient is to give away energy saving light bulbs and water saving devices (known as 'boghogs').  Needless to say that when we attend public or private functions, the fact that we give away these items for free makes us very popular!

Another aspect of this project is our work in school where we involve pupils in carrying out an Eco Audit of their school. This in linked to our schools roadshow which focuses on resources.

we encourage schools to get involved in the international ecoschools initiative.

We also offer free environmental audits of community buildings, with the aim of reducing their bills.

This project is no longer in operation.


The GreenLife Project is managed by the Footprint Trust, and under this umbrella heading falls Green People, Green Kids and Green Communities.

This project aims to reduce resource consumption and waste within the Isle of Wight LEADER+ area.

It will be achieved through three mutually supporting activities:

Green People: aimed at encouraging rural residents to use low / no cost water and energy-saving devices and practices and to adopt waste minimisation and recycling measures.

Green Kids: a programme to environmentally audit the 21 schools within the area and to encourage subsequent adoption of new practices.

Green Communities: programme of environmental audits of community buildings.

Many of you will know Ray because of lightbulbs!  That's because part of the Green People project is about telling people - and having them believe you - that things like energy saving lightbulbs really do save money.  The best way to do this is simply by giving them away, completely free of charge.  There is one available per household so next time you see us stood at the Spring Garden Show, Chale Show or one of the numerous other fetes, shows and fairs, don't ignore us, come along and get your lightbulb!  We also have free save-a-flush devices, you can have as many as you have toilets.

Ray works throughout community groups, including schools, Women's Institute, church groups and so on.  If you think your group could do with a little environmental 'guidance' (or perhaps even an audit - they are free) please get in touch.

GreenLife is funded through EU Leader+.



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