25 years of tEC

Back in December 1993 the Environment Centre (tEC) opened its doors to the public, with a mission to raise awareness and help people create a more sustainable future.

25 years on and we are still going strong having supported tens of thousands of businesses, organisations and households to reduce their carbon emissions, increase sustainability, improve air quality and keep warm and well in their homes. We do this by providing impartial information and advice, delivering outreach and training, carrying out data analysis and mapping, and managing practical projects.

Adam Goulden, our Chief Executive says:

“We are delighted to be celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. We have be very fortunate to have worked on a wide range of local, national and European projects from waste and recycling and active travel to sustainable construction and public engagement in climate change. Our brilliant team have helped many others take action including voluntary groups, charities, schools, businesses, health services and local government. This agenda has never been more important and we are looking forward to working on an equally diverse range of projects over the next 25 years.”

We’re currently working on energy efficiency, affordable warmth and air quality projects. We run a Freephone advice line and provide caseworker support across Southampton and Hampshire, helping households keep warm and well. Over the past year our experienced and qualified staff have provided energy advice and support to over 1,500 residents. In the last 5 years we have delivered projects for energy efficiency measures at a value of more than £3 million.

Our Southampton Healthy Homes and Hampshire Hitting the Cold Spots services provide the public with information on heating systems, insulation, energy bills, the Warm Home Discount and switching tariffs. More in-depth support is available through home visits and office appointments, including help to apply for funding for insulation, boiler replacements and heating upgrades, temporary heating if your heating has failed, draught-proofing materials and referrals for benefits and debt advice, home safety visits and healthy living services.

Call us for advice on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email keepwarm@environmentcentre.com. Help us spread the word by inviting us to talk to your community group, train your staff and volunteers or give out out promotional materials.

Colin Rowland, Chair of our Board of Trustees and Interim Executive Director of Borough Services at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council said:

“I am really pleased to be celebrating 25 years of the Environment Centre. I have been fortunate to have been involved with the charity over most of this time in one guise or another and have witnessed first-hand its important role in providing environmental and sustainability services and support to households and businesses. In particular activities related to energy efficiency and combatting fuel poverty have been invaluable and have made a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in the region. I look forward to an exciting future in delivering existing services and exploring new ways in which we can add value to public bodies and other organisations for the benefit of our communities.”

Debbie Chase, Service Lead Public Health at Southampton City Council said:

“I have had the pleasure of working with tEC for over 5 years. The energy efficiency support they have provided, in partnership with agencies across the City, has lifted thousands of people out of fuel poverty. Their services are trusted and highly valued by householders and the staff at tEC are always keen to learn and develop new skills. The tEC advisors have been trained in ‘healthy conversations’ to help them help others to improve mental health and reduce risky healthy behaviour and are working with community nursing to extend their reach out to more people with vulnerable health issues in our City. I congratulate tEC in their 25th year and look forward to the next 25 years of their development.”

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, at Hampshire County Council said:

“Happy Birthday tEC! Thank you for all your hard work supporting people to keep their homes warm each winter.”