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Monday 4 March 2013

Oeiras’ Families Towards Sustainability

Oeiras’ Eco-Family (Família Oeiras Ecológica) is an initiative promoted by the Municipality of Oeiras (Portugal) in collaboration with its local energy agency, OEINERGE, and Quercus (National Association for Nature Preservation).

Each year, the 50 families of Oeiras participating in the project receive in their homes the visit of the project’s team, which performs a diagnostic focusing on the energy use, as well as the environmental behaviour, associated with the households’ daily habits. Each family is given advise as regards water and energy use, waste recycling, urban mobility, sustainable approach to gardening and consumption of resources in general.

The “eco-families” receive a brief report with practical suggestions taking into account their own lifestyle. The main goal of the project is to help citizens reduce their energy consumption, and associated GHG emissions, thus supporting the 3x20 goals that Oeiras committed to reaching by joining the Covenant of Mayors.

Each family is also offered a “sustainability kit” comprising several products that support the adoption of a more eco-friendly way of living. Compact fluorescent lamps, flow rate reducing devices, power switching cords, pocket guides for the rational use of energy, and eco-driving leaflets are among the examples of the materials given to each household.

The project is already running its third edition, having become so popular that the waiting list already can cover another two years of project. In order to increase the visibility of Oeiras’ Eco-Family, the last two editions have counted with the support of public personalities. Two actresses, widely known to the Portuguese audiences for their remarkable work in theatre and television, have agreed to be the face of the project, thus sponsoring it with their celebrity.

The majority of the families have identified their motivation to participate in the project to be closely related to the interest in getting aware of their own energy consumption and the possibilities to change behaviours. The analysis resulting from the inquiries performed by the end of the first two editions revealed that most people already have a good sustainability consciousness, even if the main problem remains the overuse of individual transport in the daily house/work/house travels.

Additional information regarding the project can be found (in Portuguese) on OEINERGE’s Facebook account: www.facebook.com/oeinerge



by Floriane Bernardot on 4 March 2013 / 141 visites




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