CREST’s community outreach actions use the partnership’s Living Labs and physical implementations of retrofit activity as focal points for the promotion of sustainable technology within local communities. From these focal points a series of volunteer development, individual and community capacity building, and business engagement initiatives will be delivered. The process will lever both local knowledge and trust networks to deliver bespoke localised, initiatives that both inform and benefit from the cross-border sharing of best practice.
3.1 Develop partner led community engagement models linked to the Living Labs based on local conditions and different organisational users (i.e – school children, university students, local volunteers, etc.).
3.2 Share and develop best practice from localised community outreach to create a cross-border toolkit of community outreach activities and approaches. Implement both localised and cross-border outreach programmes to promote CREST objectives around retrofit and sustainable behavioural change across public, private and domestic sectors.
3.3 Coordinate local volunteer organisations with cross-border Information Advice and Guidance material, including technology information, monitoring and implementation models, financial cases, case studies, etc.
3.4 Create a volunteer led capacity building programme and specialised training to target local decision makers to become more focussed on the take up and benefits of renewable energy sources and eco-construction.
3.5 Create a cross-border business engagement model linked to Corporate Social Responsibility in sustainable technology to provide high value add business services to organisations and groups seeking to develop sustainable technology / low carbon initiatives within their communities.