Luminary Bakery: Social enterprise empowering women through baking

Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women from disadvantaged backgrounds build a future for themselves and their families, by learning how to bake. The Stoke Newington-based bakery in North East London provides a safe and professional environment where women – who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, prostitution, sexual exploitation or have been in prison – can grow holistically, “encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances”. … Continue reading Luminary Bakery: Social enterprise empowering women through baking

Homeboy Recycling: Helping ex-offenders with jobs in e-waste recycling

Homeboy Recycling is providing a solution to two of California’s major problems – overflowing landfills and prisons. The Los Angeles-based social enterprise provides on-the-job training and employment for men and women who face barriers to employment, mainly ex-inmates and former gang members. It doesn’t hire people with a history of fraud or identity theft. Homeboy Recycling offers certified e-waste recycling, data destruction, and IT asset recovery services. Employees and … Continue reading Homeboy Recycling: Helping ex-offenders with jobs in e-waste recycling

B-Boy Legend Crazy Legs launches campaign for clean water and solar power in Puerto Rico

Legendary breakdancer, Crazy Legs of the Rock Steady Crew has launched a fundraising campaign to support on-the-ground efforts to get clean water to people in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The New York-born Puerto Rican has teamed up with Waves for Water, Red Bull and fellow Puerto Ricans to get much-needed water filtration and purification systems to areas of the island that have … Continue reading B-Boy Legend Crazy Legs launches campaign for clean water and solar power in Puerto Rico

The Legacy Foundation: Sports trio’s vision for a sustainable housing legacy

Three premiership footballers who grew up in London council estates are aiming to boost the provision of social and affordable housing in and around the capital and across the UK. The Legacy Foundation – set up by former England captain, Rio Ferdinand, and fellow footballers Bobby Zamora and Mark Noble – aims to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by private investors, … Continue reading The Legacy Foundation: Sports trio’s vision for a sustainable housing legacy

Refresh Appalachia: Providing farming opportunities for those displaced by the coal industry

Refresh Appalachia is aiming to transform the lives of young people and those displaced from the coal mining industry in southern West Virginia, by providing training in farm and food entrepreneurship. The non-profit organisation was created by Coalfield Development  in 2015. Refresh Appalachia applies Coalfield Development’s 33-6-3 framework in Lincoln County to grow an intensive agriculture industry and skilled workforce. Refresh Appalachia is one of seven social … Continue reading Refresh Appalachia: Providing farming opportunities for those displaced by the coal industry

Hornbeam Nights: Zero waste centre hosting supper clubs and herbalism workshops

The Hornbeam is an environmental zero waste community centre and cafe in east London, by day. By night, this unique space is where locals come together for Hornbeam Nights, where anything from pop up supper clubs, educational film nights, workshops on herbalism to open mic sessions may be on the roster. The Hornbeam, which encourages locals in London’s Waltham Forest to live more sustainably, supports … Continue reading Hornbeam Nights: Zero waste centre hosting supper clubs and herbalism workshops

Green Light New Orleans: Making homes energy efficient and self-sufficient

Green Light New Orleans has been instrumental in engaging residents of the city in sustainable practices for over than 10 years. A dedicated team of volunteers have installed free energy efficient light bulbs, rain barrels and backyard vegetable gardens in homes across the city. The scheme offers New Orleans residents tools that can save money on recurring costs and reduce their own carbon footprint. Green Light … Continue reading Green Light New Orleans: Making homes energy efficient and self-sufficient

The Orchard Project: Making fruit trees within easy reach of every city and town

The Orchard Project are making it possible that every home across England and Scotland is within easy-reach of a community-run orchard, with apples and pears just some of the fruit for ripe pickings. The charity works closely with community groups in cities and towns across England and Scotland, helping them to design and create new orchards that will last for decades to come. Through creating locally-led … Continue reading The Orchard Project: Making fruit trees within easy reach of every city and town

Energy Garden: Transforming overground stations into green spaces with onsite renewable energy

Energy Garden, a London-wide community garden project, is transforming London Overground stations into spaces where local people can grow food while generating onsite renewable energy. A collaboration between Repowering London, Groundwork and Transport for London, Energy Garden support communities across London to transform up to 50 London Overground platforms and stations into thriving gardens. Hailed as the “first community project in the world to combine energy and gardening”, … Continue reading Energy Garden: Transforming overground stations into green spaces with onsite renewable energy

Brixton Energy: Powering up the locals with community-owned solar energy

Solar panels on top of a social housing estate in south London’s Brixton is giving locals the chance to take power back into their own hands. The repertoire of solar panels atop Loughborough Estate and Roupell Park Estate belong to Brixton Energy, the UK’s first inner-city, community-owned renewable energy project, run by Repowering London. Brixton Energy is helping communities to reduce their bills and energy consumption, as … Continue reading Brixton Energy: Powering up the locals with community-owned solar energy