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Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Climate action[edit]

Lambeth for a Cool Planet on facebook

Community currencies activism[edit]

Brixton Pound[edit]

more video: Brixton Pound / Debate Your Plate.com

Summary: Brixton Pound, stimulates the local economy by supporting smaller shops and traders which operate in a challenging economic climate and in competition with larger chains. The currency stays in Brixton and circulates, increasing local trade and community connections. [1]

The Brixton district in South London's Lambeth borough has been a bastion of progressive thought and culture for decades. After the financial crisis of 2008, local businesses were struggling and had trouble securing loans from banks. An area that had once thrived began to stumble.

The Brixton Pound (B£) was launched in 2009 by Transition Town Brixton to support local businesses with a local currency that would "stick to Brixton." The founders of the B£ wanted to create a mutual support system tying residents to local businesses and encouraging business to source locally.

The local borough government, Lambeth Council, was supportive of the B£ from the beginning. It recognized the local currency as a way to develop the community, build local economic resilience, and draw positive attention to the area. According to B£ Communications Manager, Marta Owczarek, "The council's support has greatly helped the B£ start and develop — it would have been very difficult to do what we did without that support. In particular, it acted as a guarantee that the scheme was trustworthy, so local business owners and residents alike felt secure in exchanging their money into and accepting the brand-new local currency."

Within the first six months of the launch of the B£, Lambeth conducted research that estimated the media coverage of the currency generated by the B£ volunteers was worth half a million pounds to the area.

Since 2012, the B£ has "been a live part of the Co-operative Council, working alongside the policy team," according to Owczarek. As a result, the B£ has been able to play an active role in supporting the community while receiving council support. The B£ helped set up community spaces like the Impact Hub in the Town Hall. Lambeth helped the B£ create a mobile electronic payments system, and was also the first council to pay wages in local currency and accept a local currency for taxes. In 2014, the Lambeth Co-Operative Investment Fund gave the B£ funding to start a community lottery program, which was launched in 2015. The lottery increased the circulation of the B£, became an additional revenue source for the B£, and enabled the B£ to fund community projects.

The B£ has also helped Lambeth gain prominence globally and locally. In 2012, thanks to encouragement from the B£, the Council secured funding to join an international project to expand community currencies. On a local level, Lambeth won the Mayor’s High Street Fund to install a local currency cash machine, possibly the first in the world. [2]

Community energy[edit]

Brixton Energy, not-for-profit co-operative who create cooperatively owned renewable energy projects

Community involvement[edit]

Brixton Green, non-profit, registered mutual society, set up by Brixton people. Owned and run by locals - Lambeth Co-operative Council wiki - Open Works, a Lambeth Council project

Community safety[edit]

Community Police Consultative Group for Lambeth, Independent forum for community and statutory agencies to address community safety and policing issues.

Cycling activism[edit]

Cycling in Lambeth, news from Lambeth Council

Education for sustainability[edit]

Vauxhall City Farm

Environment quality[edit]

Food activism[edit]

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses - Crystal Palace Food Market - Incredible Edible Lambeth - Pop Farm, Brixton

Free stuff[edit]

Open spaces[edit]

wikipedia:Lambeth parks and open spaces

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

Lambeth Freecycle(TM) - Remakery (formerly Brixton Reuse Centre) a springboard for local reuse enterprise

Sharing[edit]

Library of Things, opens Jul 3, 2016

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

Urban sustainability[edit]

West Norwood Feast brings a volunteer powered street market to Norwood Road on the first Sunday of every month

News and comment[edit]

2017

10 lessons from London’s first community fridge, Mar 14 [3]

London’s first community fridge launches in Brixton, Feb 9 [4]

2016

A stunning project in the heart of London is taking on the might of globalisation, Dec 13 [5]

Brixton Pound: How fintech boosts the local currency agenda, Dec 8 [6]

Foodbank network calls for hot line to job centres, Nov 18 [7]

Lambeth ranked number one in London for tackling food poverty, Nov 16 [8]

Bank of Lambeth project, Aug 5 [9]

The first pay-what-you-feel cafe in Brixton! Jul 30 [10]

“Local Food is Growing” REconomy event, Jul 21 [11]

World’s first local currency cash machine opens in Brixton, Apr 11 [12]

Community orchard planted in ‘secret garden’ in Lambeth, Mar 4 [13]

Co-operatives in Lambeth, January 22 [14]

2015

How do you create a city for all? The answer lies in West Norwood, Dec 2 [15]

2014

Brixton Pound app to be available at the App Store for free later in July, with an Android version expected to follow later this summer, June 18 [16]

Lambeth Energy Partnership Aims, Opportunities and Stakeholders, February 5 [17]

What is the Brixton Bonus? [18]

2011

UK’s first electronic local currency now live! [19] September 30

Events[edit]

2016

Mar 20 - PopFarm Community Launch eventbrite

Resources[edit]

  • Coin Street Community Builders, development trust and social enterprise which seeks to make London's South Bank a better place in which to live, to work, to visit and to study W

Citizens data initiative[edit]

Lambeth open data

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Lambeth


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References

This page includes Creative Commons Licensed content from the Sustainable community action wiki on Wikia.
The list of authors can be seen in the history, link via drop down menu at top left of page.

  1. brixtonpound.org
  2. Shareabale, Sep 10, 2018
  3. @positivenewsuk
  4. @BrixtonBlog
  5. @thecanarysays
  6. fusionwire.net
  7. brixtonblog.com
  8. jennybrathwaite.wordpress.com
  9. transitiontownbrixton.org
  10. brixtonpound.org
  11. transitiontownbrixton.org
  12. @BrixtonBlog
  13. Brixton Blog
  14. brixton.impacthub.net
  15. The Guardian
  16. The Brixton Pound
  17. transitiontownbrixton.org
  18. The Brixton Pound (undated)
  19. brixtonpound.org