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March 2007
Defra announces renewal of grants to Environmental Action Fund projects 

London— Thirty four projects promoting sustainable development across England are to receive funding from Defra's Environmental Action Fund (EAF).

The funding for the third year of the EAF projects (2007/2008) is designed to help change people's behavior at a grass-roots level so that consumers live more sustainably.

Among the achievements so far are:

•The Marine Stewardship Council's Fish 'n' Kids project which aims to help preserve marine resources by providing a wider choice of sustainable seafood to school menus and family restaurants. In conjunction with commercial caterers they provide sustainable fish choices to over 350 schools.

•Global Action Plan’s scheme to bring together people to form Eco-teams and provide advice to make small change that achieve measurable savings in waste, energy and water consumption.

The group is currently engaging more than 700 households and reduced carbon emissions by approximately 30 percent.

•Eden LA21 which demonstrates how small actions can generate far larger sustainability gains within communities, community buildings and commercial waste. The group supports 5 local communities and has completed 28 energy audits to make community buildings more energy efficient and accessible.

Other groups to receive funding include:

•Envision which supports young people in schools and colleges aged between 16-18 to deliver their own sustainable consumption projects and make a practical difference in their communities.

•The London Food Link project plans to increase the number of sustainable food choices available in London. By working with British and Minority Ethnic businesses and restaurants hope to increase supplies of sustainable food.

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