Support Net Zero as a community

You can reduce your carbon footprint by choosing to buy local which also supports your local economy and community.

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You can apply to become an Environment Action Volunteer if you're a Leicestershire resident, are aged 18 years or over and have an interest in helping Leicestershire residents or communities to reduce their waste, recycle more, protect and improve the environment and to live more sustainably.  You do not need any prior knowledge of waste or environmental topics to apply, just a keen interest.  


To find out more and to apply, visit our Environment Action Volunteers page.

Shop local and buy in-season produce


Consider buying locally grown and in-season produce, to reduce food miles, carbon emissions, waste and pollution caused by transport. 

Check out Vegetarian Societies handy list which breaks down what fruit and vegetables are in season and when. 

Small, local businesses also tend to be more mindful of their use of packaging as less is needed to protect the product from travelling a long distance. 

Talks and Education

The Council offer a wide range of free talks to community groups in Leicestershire focussing on waste prevention, recycling, and composting.


Visit our Lesswaste website to find more on how to access these talks and learn more about the steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

Community Grants

Grants of up to £3,000 are available for community groups and organisations to deliver local projects and activities to improve Leicestershire’s environment.

We’re looking to support projects that improve the local environment through waste prevention and reuse to minimise the amount thrown away, reducing carbon and improving biodiversity.


Find out about the SHIRE Environment Grant and the application process at  Leicestershire Communities.

Local Community Groups


Join one of the various environment actions groups around Leicestershire, where you can meet like-minded people and work together to make our communities more climate friendly.

Some of the many groups that exist in Leicestershire include:

Carry on the conversation

We'd love to hear about what you're doing already, or if you have any ideas on how you can support us, or how we can work together on our journey to net zero.


Follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #NetZeroLeicestershire or get in touch using our enquiry form.

Further reading

For books related to climate change, check out our climate change booklist with links included to find out which Leicestershire library near you, has a copy.

Parish councils - updates on how Leicestershire County Council are working with Parish and Town councils with environmental action within communities