The Border Eco-Living Program (BELP) is a volunteer group, formed in 2007, that aims to provide hands on information to local residents about actions they can take to lower the environmental impacts of their everyday lives in and around Albury-Wodonga.
BELP began in the form of a series of five monthly sessions, each focussing on a theme, such as water, energy, household waste, transport, gardening and consumer choices. As well as covering the basics as to how the issues relate to sustainability, we particularly focus on helping participants identify both the barriers (challenges) to achieving sustainability and the benefits (motivators) – which can be quite different for different people.
In addition to running these sessions (in 2007 in Wodonga and in 2008 in Albury), we have also had information stands at sustainability-themed community and business events and open days. We have also run a one-off session about home energy reduction by request at the Thurgoona Community Centre. We have had very positive feedback from attendees at these events who value being able to speak to “regular” people about sustainability in their home, to access local experts and to learn from other participants who have similar goals and challenges.
In 2009 we opened three homes in the Albury area as part of the national Sustainable House Day event and were overwhelmed with the number of people who came along and their positive feedback about the event.
In 2010 we co-ordinated four homes to open in Wodonga, attracting over 800 visits between them. The 2012 event saw us open two Albury homes and the perfect spring weather helped us see our highest visitor numbers to date.
For more information, or to be added to our email list to receive updates about our events, please get in touch using the contact details above.