Energy and cycling in East Bristol with Zoe Banks Gross
17th July 2017
Zoe Banks Gross is a director of Easton Energy Group and founder of the East Bristol Kidical Mass project. Easton Energy Group is a community group to help individuals reduce energy use in the home, organised by a group of Easton residents who work in the energy and sustainability field. Kidical Mass is a national movement to encourage families to ride bicycles for transportation, exercise and fun! As we celebrate the Partnership’s 10th anniversary, Zoe has shared some of her experiences with us:
I moved to Bristol in 2010 – I’ve been here 7 years now – the longest I have lived anywhere in my life. I do freelance work in the sustainability and health sectors, and I’ve been really involved in the area where I live in various organisations and projects. I got involved with Easton Energy Group about 5 years ago, and became a Director in 2014.
Easton Energy Group applied for and received a small grant during 2015. People came from far and wide and visited a project we were working on then – it was great to be able to exchange experiences and information with people from all over Europe and even Asia.
During the Green Capital Year, I met a lot of people from different organisations at events and workshops. My involvement with Easton Energy Group has facilitated meeting others in the Energy sector in Bristol and the Southwest, but the Partnership has facilitated connections with organisations focused on nature and transport, other areas of my work. Just last month my East Bristol Kidical Mass project partnered with Avon Wildlife Trust to lead a bicycle ride – and the idea for linking up came from listening to the Green and Black Ambassadors on Ujima talking to Julie from Avon Wildlife Trust.
The Partnership has been brilliant at creating spaces for collaboration. Sustainability is very important to me, but we cannot create a sustainable future if we don’t have ownership and involvement from everyone. Partnership events have been open and inclusive and seem to be bringing more and more communities into the fold, which is important in showing the powers that be that sustainability and resilience are equality issues and not just for the elite.
Easton Energy Group has a Clothes Swap on Tuesday the 25th of July, 7.30 pm at Easton Community Centre.
Kidical Mass is winding down over the summer holidays but we will be offering ride in September during the Bristol Cycle Festival. Stay tuned for details!