CLIMATE EMERGENCY CENTRES (CEC)

“The establishment of empty buildings as inspirational community hubs for the benefit of people and planet.”

The Climate Emergency is the defining issue of our time. We must Act Now- Build solutions centres for community resilience and adaptation to a sustainable future.

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Every centre is part of the ‘CEC Network’.

What makes a CEC?

1 It has a solutions focus- for people and planet

2 It is local and inclusive- focused on meeting community needs

3 It is an active part of a wider network- for mutual support and cooperation

The project self-funds by using a business model that enables owners of currently vacant business premises to reduce their Business Rates payments by up to 100% through ‘meanwhile leasing’ the property for community benefit to a not for profit / charitable organisation (the CEC). This means the project can acquire a vacant property to use to generate income through activities that meet local community needs in a sustainable way.

In addition, the property owner can build good relationships with the local community and the local Council through supporting a creative and positive sustainability initiative.

Creating Your Space for Community Solutions

Climate Emergency Centres are a network of eco-centres across the UK – click here to view them.

The CEC Project and handbook supports your group to develop a self-funding centre that can link in with others around the UK to share ideas and resources. It brings together diverse groups and individuals in local communities who are focused on building resilience and solutions in the face of social and environmental crises. For the Benefit of People and Planet.

We will show you how to:

Help your community to create space to meet, plan, educate, train and adapt.

We’re here to help you on your journey, creating the circular economy through
the Intelligent reuse of the vacant infrastructure of our towns and cities.

Vacant Properties are increasingly available and we’ve created a handbook to walk you through the steps need to identify, meanwhile lease and utilise empty spaces to create your eco hub to facilitate community action.

Over 30+  Groups around the UK are now working to set up Climate Emergency Centres; bringing together the best energy knowledge and action into a community space.

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  • We invite your group to outreach and create an alliance of your local community and environmental groups. Who together will take on the coordination and management of the building, with advice and support from the Space Generators charity and other UK groups.
  • These alliances support the sharing of resources, skills and knowledge so that groups can strengthen each other. Helping to build a circular recycle, reuse economy.You will be provided with a CEC Handbook supplied by the charity (please check out the menu and links above).
  • Your group of coordinators can choose to set themselves up autonomously as a legal entity (with guidance and links from the handbook)
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