Running a project in partnership

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Iona and District Resident's Association (IDRA) partnered with Codema, Dublin’s energy agency, to deliver an energy smart community project in the Glasnevin/ Drumcondra area of Dublin. Between 2009-2010, a very successful pilot Energy Smart Community was ran which allowed homeowners to join together with their local community to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, while availing of energy-saving grants from the Irish government. The principle behind this project was to bring homeowners together in a ‘cluster’ to help them save money on their overall energy bills while taking advantage of the environmental and social benefits for the community. The IDRA committee developed a very strong working relationship with Codema and helped the energy agency to spread the word about the scheme by providing local community connections and assisting with leaflet drops and the use of the Energy Smart Community logo on promotional material. The committee also invited Codema along to local meetings to help build trust with the local residents. IDRA further connected with and attendance the local parish and advised on key communication channels to advertise local meetings and events (parish newsletter, community websites, local paper, etc). During this pilot scheme, Codema also made valuable connections with the local bank and credit union; representatives attended local meetings to talk about ‘green’ financing options available to residents.