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    Helping Canberrans reduce their emissions and build sustainable lifestyle habits, using the science of behaviour change


    Read our post on why taking action as an individual can have big flow-on effects

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  • Web Pilot

    We've launched a pilot website to help ACT residents reduce their personal carbon footprints and environmental impacts.

    We're calling on the ACT community to get involved in the design of the platform over the next four weeks.

    Check it out here: http://www.neighbourhoodeffect.com.au

    If you’re a Canberra resident, jump on the website, test it out, commit to a few of the actions and let us know what works for you and what doesn’t.
    The free site and the upcoming mobile application will use behavioural science to make it more convenient and rewarding for people to live sustainably.

    Canberrans are asked to fill out a quick 2-minute survey, then receive a dashboard of suggested green actions that are tailored to their household and lifestyle. Suggestions cover waste, energy, food, transport and consumer goods, and include recommendations and maps that display available eco-friendly products and services nearby.

    “When you trace greenhouse gas emissions back through supply chains, you find households in developed countries like ours are causing a huge chunk of global carbon emissions, through our day-to-day behaviours and our consumer choices” said The Neighbourhood Effect's founder, Lily Dempster. 

    “If we act together to make a few small changes in our own lives, we can have a substantial and very rapid impact.”

    The website pilot is just a starting point – The Neighbourhood Effect is also building a rigorous carbon footprint calculator into the platform, and a tool that allows users to view green habits that are popular with their friends and neighbours.

    The Neighbourhood Effect will use community feedback on the pilot site to develop and launch their responsive green living website and mobile application in late 2018.

    Local energy management company Reposit Power is a major sponsor of the pilot. The Neighbourhood Effect is also supported by ClimateXChange and the ACT Government, which awarded the organisation $25,000 in the first round of the Community Zero Emissions grants in 2017.

    Canberrans can visit the website and participate in the pilot by going to neighbourhoodeffect.com.au. The period for community feedback on the site will run from Monday 14 May until 11 June 2018.

    Note: For Canberrans who already know a lot about sustainable living, the site might suggest a few things you aren't yet doing, but it will be most helpful to people who are curious about environmental sustainability or concerned about climate change, but haven't yet made many changes in their own lives. 

    Those in the community who have already made a lot of changes in their lives to live more sustainably still have an important role to play. You can give feedback on the content of the site and to share it widely with your friends and colleagues. Check it out here: http://www.neighbourhoodeffect.com.au

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  • Community Member Interviews

    Care about climate change and sustainability? Care about building strong communities? We could use your help.

    We are conducting research on how Australians typically think about their environmental impact, and what actions they do - or don’t - take to live sustainably. 

    This research is being used to inform the design of a digital product that will make it easy, fun, financially rewarding and social for Australians reduce their environmental footprints.

    We would like to interview you, if you:

    1. are an Australian resident who is concerned about climate change and environmental sustainability;

    2. would like practical advice on how best to reduce your environmental footprint;

    3. own a smartphone (Android or iPhone); and

    4. frequently use mobile apps to assist you in your daily life.

    If you meet all the above criteria and are interested in being interviewed by one of our researchers, please select a time via the link below and we will be in touch shortly! 


    Interviews typically take 30 minutes.

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  • Support

    Show your support!

    Are you excited by the idea of a mobile application for Canberrans, that makes it easier, cheaper, social and fun for us to reduce our carbon footprints and connect to local eco-friendly products, services and community initiatives?

    If so, then add your name and email, and leave a comment of support below. We'll compile these and include them in our grant application to the ACT Government. Applications close by 5pm Monday, 24 July, so be quick to leave your comment and share this with your friends before the deadline!

    ***UPDATE*** We are happy to announce we were successful in our application and have been awarded $25,000 in funding from the ACT Community Zero Emissions grant program! Thanks to everyone who left messages of support and encouragement on this page.

    If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see in the app - we want to hear them! Feel free to include them in your comments below. 

    Want more info about the app and The Neighbourhood Effect first? Then check out our About Us page here: http://www.theneighbourhoodeffect.com.au/about

  • Transition Streets!

    Welcome to Transition Streets Canberra!

    Transition Streets Canberra is a free and fun way for neighbours and friends to come together and support each other to live more sustainably. The program is delivered in partnership with SEE-Change.

    As well as making it easy, financially rewarding and social to reduce your ecological footprint, Transition Streets will help you feel more connected to your community.

    Transition Streets is delivered in the form of a digital workbook that you can do online. It's split into seven sessions - Getting Started, Waste and Consumer Power, Energy, Food, Water, Transport and Wrapping Up. You can complete the workbook with a group of neighbours along your street, a group of neighbours in an apartment complex, or any old (or new!) group of friends.

    You can sign up for the program on the link below, invite your friends and/or neighbours to join you, then organise to meet up once a fortnight or once a month to go through each session together, sort of like a book club, except with way less reading. 

    SIGN UP:

    If you haven't signed up for the program already, then first go to our signup page here, and add your details, to get helpful tips and advice on how to set up your group and to access to the Transition Streets digital workbook. 


    If you and your group members have signed up and you're ready to start, or if you just want to have a look through the program first, then you can go straight to the Transition Streets workbook here: Transition Streets Workbook!


    If you want help setting up your Transition Streets group - then there are some helpful resources you can access here


    And lastly, we've included a list of suggested fun activities you can do alongside each session of the Transition Streets Canberra workbook. This is especially useful for neighbourhood groups when you don't know each other all that well yet and want to keep the vibe of your sessions light and enjoyable. Check out the fun activities list here!


    Transition Streets is a joint initiative between




    The Neighbourhood Effect


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  • A mobile app to help Canberrans reduce carbon emissions

    The Neighbourhood Effect is building a game-changing smartphone app for Canberrans to reduce our household emissions and build more sustainable habits. Soon, it'll be easy, cheap, fun and social for us to cut down our household emissions and live happier, healthier, more sustainable lives. The app will also suggest actions based on what we're most interested in, help us connect to local climate-friendly products, services, and community initiatives, and help us track the carbon we're saving with each action we take!

    If you're excited by this and want to be involved, or want to find out more, then join our organisation here to receive regular updates on the app's progress, and find out about our upcoming events!

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