The Alevi community of Coburg worked in partnership with MEFL as part of the Greentown Program in 2010. They signed up to MEFL’s Zero Carbon Moreland Program as part of their community commitment to the environment.
To begin, MEFL completed an audit of the Alevi Community Centre to design an action plan to reduce the use of energy and water. The community then used this action plan to guide the implementation of the following measures at their community centre:
- Changed light bulbs from T8 to T5
- Installed insulation in the community hall
- Installed water tanks connected to toilet cisterns
- Installed low-flow showerheads
- Installed flow restrictors on tapware
- Installed pressure washers at kitchen sinks
At this point, the Alevi Community realised that they were in a unique position to work with the Turkish-speaking community to help adapt to climate change.
THEIR IMPACT COULD GO FAR BEYOND THE WALLS OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.
They went on to receive grants that enabled them to produce a Sustainable Living Eductional DVD in Turkish that shows simple practical ways for people to reduce energy and water use at home.
They also delivered 170 home assessments and four community education seminars in Moreland, Dandenong and Mildura, reaching over 300 Turkish-speaking people.