In October Broxtowe Borough Council introduced a new incentive, Green Rewards, which is designed to make it easy for Broxtowe residents to decrease their carbon footprint and benefit the local community.
Users are rewarded ‘Green points’ for logging actions which reduce their carbon footprint - these are logged via the Green Rewards app or web platform and can then be exchanged for vouchers. There is also a leaderboard which participants can use to monitor how Broxtowe is performing.
As part of Green Rewards, Broxtowe Borough Council is promoting small changes that residents can make to make a big difference.
How have Broxtowe users already made a difference?
Through participating in Green Rewards and carrying out a total of 5,000 green actions users have saved:
- 17 tonnes of carbon
- 77,000 litres of water
- 5 tonnes of residual waste
- 1603 single use items
How can you make a difference?
In similar fashion to rewards points at retailers, all residents need to do is log their day to day activities that highlight how they are decreasing the amount of carbon they create, such as:
- Walking to work or school instead of taking the car
- Cycling or using public transport
- Putting your recycling bin out with all the correct recyclables
- Switching off a light or switch at home
- Taking a shower of four minutes or less and many, many more!
What are the rewards?
There’s £20 worth of vouchers for the top two residents in each council area who earn the most points each month, to claim at local businesses, donate to worthwhile causes or projects and in some districts and Boroughs there’s prizes too for the top points earning wards. The vouchers to choose from include:
- Boobalou voucher
- National Garden Gift voucher
- Marks & Spencer voucher
- John Lewis voucher
- National Book Token
In regards to the biodiversity prizes that are gifted, every six months a ward is selected and they will be able to choose an exciting green project to take part in from the following:
- Wildflower annuals
- Hedge Planting
- Tree Planting
- Bulb Planting
A full list of how you can redeem points is available on the app or on the website.
How to join
- You can sign up by visiting the Nottingham Green Rewards website (Opens in a New Window) and following ‘Activate Account’ on the homepage. All you need to do is enter your postcode and email address.
- You can also download the mobile app through the Apple store or Google Play Store – search for ‘Notts; Green Rewards’.
More information on Green Rewards
All the Councils across Notts 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 drive forward and fund the platform and app to residents.
They have 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 every-day activities.
Through the Universities for Nottingham initiative partners have pledged to tackle sustainable travel and transport and develop joint programmes to change behaviour, ensuring the lessons learnt are passed on to all in the region.
The first collaborative sustainability engagement programme of its kind in the UK, it features the simple carbon-reduction activities that residents can complete.
It means Nottinghamshire is the first County in the country to see all its major local authority and education partners collaborate on a climate change reduction project in this way, providing an easy to use platform and incentives for all.