Defra names £4.9m Greener Living Fund recipients

Sustrans, Climate Outreach and Waterwise Project among winning applicants

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has named eight third sector organisations to share £4.9m of funding to promote sustainable living.

The biggest winner is sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which will be given £1.1m over two years under the department's Greener Living Fund for schemes aimed at reducing car use on short trips.

Other successful organisations, which were selected from 112 applications, include Climate Outreach and Information Network, which will receive almost £700,000 to promote green working among union members, and the Waterwise Project, which will receive a similar amount to support water efficiency.

The Greener Living Fund is part of Defra's third sector strategy, which was launched in November.

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, said: "Each of these projects will make a real difference in helping individuals and communities to live more sustainably - reducing their carbon footprint and reducing pressure on natural resources."

Other recipients include cooperative membership body Co-operatives UK, environmental charity Global Action Plan, the Marine Stewardship Council and the National Trust. The National Union of Students will be given £514,000 for a programme aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of higher education institutions.

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