Hear about our 3D funded projects! 

The applications for our funding competition are now closed. We're delighted to announce the seven groups that have been awarded funding. See below what the groups are planning on taking on with the funding and how they are contributing to achieving a low carbon future. 

       Birmingham Tree People (BTP) will combine land use and tree cover data with urban heat island, flood risk, air quality and index of               multiple deprivation data to create a GIS based ‘Tree Equity Map’ to identify locations where increased tree cover would provide the           most environmental and social benefits. The project seeks to increase tree cover across Birmingham to at least 25% tree                               canopy over the next 10 years. This will raise awareness of the benefits of tree planting and secure future funding. 


       Footsteps will use fuel poverty, EPC, waste, and air pollution data to target community engagement surrounding fuel poverty, waste             reduction, and energy efficiency advice in faith communities.  To do so, a pre-existing faith community map will be re-established and           combined with the aforementioned data.  Footsteps will work with Ecobirmingham to provide energy assessments of faith buildings             and to manage a small grants fund of £2,000 that faith communities will be able to access for small building energy efficiency                       improvements.  Footsteps will also work with Act on Energy to provide fuel poverty advice and set up a £1,100 ‘fuel voucher’ fund to             help alleviate fuel poverty in faith communities. 

       Birmingham County Football Association (BCFA) will use the 3D data hub to select 5-6 football venues within Birmingham that are                 located in areas with high levels of multiple deprivation and air pollution. The users of these venues will be the focus for sustained               community engagement seeking to encourage more sustainable transport behaviours such as through car sharing, public transport, or         active travel. The project will first undertake a stakeholder mapping exercise whereby interviews will be conducted with football                   venue users, and their parents, to understand triggers and barriers to sustainable transport behaviour. A co-creation workshop will               also be run with local community members and representatives from local football clubs to discuss how to encourage sustainable                 travel habits within the football community.  

       Ecobirmingham will use existing cycle route and air pollution data to create a new 30 mile cycle route that links all 69 wards of                     Birmingham together, to encourage sustainable transport behaviour.  Local councillors will be contacted for local key points of interest         or heritage sites and where possible these will be included on the route.  Once the route is created, Ecobirmingham will also use 3D             data to target areas for led bike rides and Bikeability sessions based on high levels of consumption-based carbon emissions, car                   ownership, and low access to health services. 

        Ecobirmingham will use multiple datasets from the 3D data hub to inform the creation of 2 ward level, and 7 – 14 household level,                 ‘One Planet Living’ sustainability action plans. These plans will be formulated through public workshops and conversations with                      households so that stakeholders are involved from the outset. The plans will review baseline greenhouse gas emissions and agree              detailed pathways to reduce this impact with community members.  The project seeks to encourage behaviour change related to                  transport, meat consumption, household energy use, switching to a green energy supplier, and reducing waste/increasing recycling.            Ecobirmingham will deliver Bikeability and led rides, energy saving advice sessions, a sustainability career advice event, and two                  online directories with information on reducing emissions.  Support will be given to households and wards throughout the project in              their aim to reduce their climate impact.


       Community Energy Birmingham (CEB) will create an advice service to support household energy efficiency measures and heat pump           installations for the able-to-pay market.  They will use EPC data to target their engagement in areas with the least efficient properties.           CEB will seek to increase capacity in Birmingham for retrofit assessments through training 3 individuals in PAS 2035 Retrofit                         Coordination and 5 individuals through the AECB Carbonlite Retrofit course. 


       CEB will use solar potential mapping, grid constraints, and conservation area data to create a self-referral tool whereby site-owners               can undertake an easy early assessment of the viability of solar PV installations on their buildings.  Promising sites will then be further         assessed using Open Solar software, guided by a ‘Node Co-ordinator’ position that will be funded through Project 3D. 


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