Centre for Sustainable Energy

St James Court, St James Parade, Bristol BS1 3LH
0117 934 1400 | www.cse.org.uk | Charity 298740 

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Bright Green Future is managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and is part of a Big Lottery funded project called Our Bright Future, aimed at empowering young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment.


We’ll help you to set up and run an environmental project in your town, school, neighbourhood or community. Your mentor will help you produce and develop an idea that matches your interests. 


Here's some inspiration from 2016 - 18 BGF participants:

Gabby's Eco Shorts film festival

Gabby is organising a small scale short film festival, Eco Shorts, aimed at 14-17 year olds and featuring

5-10 minute shorts created by local people with an environmental message. She’s excited about sparking debates and building some momentum for sustainable development in her local area. 

Gabby is creating a short film herself to use as promotion for her event, whilst also giving her the chance to experiment with cinematography which is something she has wanted to do for a while.

Maud's eco-awareness day

Maud ran an eco-awareness day for year 7s at her school, developing a framework of different exciting activities throughout the day. She said:


“The year 7s favourite part of the day was definitely spending an hour in the school garden planting and weeding. The students also made articles and posters online to show what they’d learnt from the day, as well as intention setting for what they’d change in their lifestyles."

Will's wildlife awareness stall

“For my local project I set up a stall in my local co-op to raise awareness of garden wildlife decline and what people can do to make their gardens more environmentally friendly. I carried out research and made posters to use on my stall. I also got in contact with the Essex Wildlife Trust and managed to get some leaflets and event posters to use. I handed these out to the public if they wanted to get more involved with conservation. I even managed to collect some money for them.”

Charlotte's refill project

Charlotte teamed up with Refill and Transition Belper for her local project and launched Refill Belper to facilitate access to free tap water in the Belper & DE56 area with the aim of reducing single-use plastic bottles.She has registered 23 local businesses to the Refill app and is looking to do many more. She also promotes the scheme at local carnivals and events and manages the Twitter account @Refill_Belper – check it out to see what she is achieving in this project.

Chris' tree planting 

After hearing of these shockingly low figures of tree cover in the UK Chris decided to organise a tree planting event in the Yorkshire Dales, where only 3.6% of land cover is trees.


In January 2018 he organised two tree-planting days where 185 tree saplings were planted by 10 local volunteers. Chris planted tree species which are native to northern England and provide excellent habitat for local wildlife. Chris also used our handy Impacts Calculator to determine that his project will save 370kg of carbon per annum. Well done Chris!

Sophie's household audits

Sophie has successfully completed 4 thorough energy audits of local households.

She wrote up reports for each household and offered excellent energy saving advice.