Streets vie for most sustainable title

FIVE of Newcastle's thoroughfares are about to vie for the title of the city's most sustainable street.

For more than six months residents in the participating streets have committed to making changes to their lifestyles that will benefit the environment and their household budgets.

The Transition Streets Challenge, co-ordinated by Transition Newcastle, began in the UK last year.

It aims to help neighbours help each other become more energy and water efficient and, at the same time, improve community interaction.

Teams from Laman Street, Cooks Hill, The Terrace, Cooks Hill, Watson Street, Islington, Kings Road, Tighes Hill and Union Street, Tighes Hill, will explore energy and water usage, and food, waste and transport efficiency during the challenge.

They will also learn skills including urban chicken farming, bee-keeping, bicycle maintenance and worm farming.

"The way people will undertake the challenge will vary as it's designed to be flexible around each group's interests," street facilitator Cathy Stuart said. "Local specialists are on hand to assist with skills."

Union Street, Tighes Hill, co-ordinator Charlotte McCabe said the challenge would be a chance for her family to take their sustainability ethic to the next level.

"We are already doing a lot of things, but we have reached the limit of what we can do by ourselves," Ms McCabe said.

"This is a great way for us to become inspired by what other people are doing and apply it to our own lives."

The challenge will be launched tomorrow.

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