WinACC's Cool Communities - have a good time and cut your carbon footprint by 2,500 kilos in six weeks. Buy the Cool Communities Handbook or find out more from


It has never been so important to change our habits to reduce our carbon footprints. How can we go about creating such a change?

All you need is enthusiasm, a bit of time and an interest in lifestyle change. It costs nothing and will save money from your energy bill.  Here's how you can get involved....

Each Cool Communities EcoGroup comprises five or six individuals from different households who meet four times, usually at someone's house, to work through the cool communities handbook and look at ways of reducing their carbon footprint in a fun and sociable environment.

  • Cool Communities Handbook - not available to download.  The handbook is designed to be used in small groups  to make measurable changes in your carbon footprint, but it is also useful for people to do alone or as a family. More about Cool Communities here - or contact Individual copies £12.50 plus postage, 8 copies or more £10 each. We also supply ...

Grid for recording carbon reductions 

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WinACC can help people to help their organisations to cut their carbon footprint by setting up an eco-group.

After a pilot in three neighbourhoods of Winchester last year, local charity Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is launching “Cool Communities” for the whole of Winchester district at a workshop on the morning of Saturday 5 December 2015.

The then DECC Minister Greg Barker and local MP Steve Brine came to hear about Cool Communities from people who've been piloting this exciting new programme for WinACC in June 2014.

Cool Communities is a behavioural change programme which has been adapted from a successful programme created in the US by David Gershon.


There are no forthcoming events in this category at present. Please see the all events page for more.

Parent topic

Local climate change activities and campaigns - not all by WinACC. You'll find national campaigns, for example on divestment from fossil fuels, under "National and global". See also "Winchester District organisations".

Cool Communities

The guide to running an information meeting for the Cool Communities programme

The 4 meeting guides in a separate document. This will allow the leader to easily refer to them during the meetings. 

This is a grid to record your groups initial carbon footprint and their losses, pledges and community action. You can send this in after the last meeting or email the results to the Cool Communities team.