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Kings Heath Transition group wins award for “9carrots” scheme

Sue Smith from the Kings Heath Transition Initiative, left, accepts the award, presented by Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Towns movement


Photograph by Jonathan Melhuish, available for royalty-free use, though credit would be appreciated






The Kings Heath Transition Initiative were awarded the “Making Birmingham Green Community Recognition Award” by Birmingham City Council, in recognition of their new scheme aimed at getting local businesses to “go green”.


Under the “9carrots” scheme, the Transition group promotes the participating businesses, who then invest a percentage of extra sales towards energy efficiency upgrades to their stores.


The idea is spreading fast. The scheme will launch in Kings Heath in April, with five shops already having signed up to be part of the initial launch. Further afield, community groups in London, Milwaukee (US) and Victoria (Canada) are sprouting 9carrots schemes in their areas.


Tom Tierney from the Kings Heath Transition Initiative said “We think the 9carrots scheme is a great way to connect local businesses with their community and allow them to work together towards a sustainable future. We’re really excited to get things going in Kings Heath”.


The group will soon be running a meeting for businesses who are interested in the scheme, to present more details and answer any questions. For an invitation, please email


Notes to editors


9carrots is a non-profit organisation tackling climate change that gives businesses a positive incentive to take action on energy efficiency. In return for making a green commitment, local environmental groups promote the businesses and drive extra sales.


Kings Heath Transition Initiative is community group tackling peak oil and climate change by building a more resilient community.

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Taken on March 22, 2011