The Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury brought together 30 social housing residents, randomly selected, from across the North to learn about climate change and how to work towards net zero at the local level. In November 2020, the Jury launched its report and recommendations to the sector; their views, as social housing tenants, as to how tenants, social landlords, and other place-based organisations can work together to tackle climate change in our homes and neighbourhoods.

The Jury looked to identify how the process of decarbonising homes; through improving a buildings energy efficiency and moving on renewable heating sources; can be made as much as possible a collaborative effort between landlord and tenant. The Jury also considered how retrofit can be made one part of creating sustainable neighbourhoods; making best use of our spaces to improve not just the environment but our health and happiness, prosperity, and ability to interact with each other: net zero as community building.

As part of its commitment to promote the Jury’s work and begin a dialogue as to how the social housing sector can implement the Jury’s recommendations, the Northern Housing Consortium has undertaken the Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury Webinar Series. Across five different sessions expert speakers, including commentators who originally gave ‘evidence’ to the Jury, will discuss examples of what the Jury felt represented good practice in decarbonising homes as well as the wider implications of retrofit and climate change highlighted as core concerns.

You can watch each Jury Webinar Session, and access speaker materials, below:

The Resident-Centric Retrofit Journey

Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 14.00 – 15.30 

Jonathan Atkinson, Co-Founder, Carbon Co-op

Helen Ball, Sustainability Manager, Broadacres Housing

Nathan Butler, Retrofit Customer Engagement Co-ordinator, Thirteen Group  

Expanding Climate & Decarbonisation Education in Social Housing

Wednesday 16th March 2022, 14.00 – 15.30

Ned Gatenby, Social Housing Co-ordinator, The Carbon Literacy Project 

Sam Tullock, Strategic Asset Business Leader, Believe Housing

Gordon Watts, Sustainability Manager, South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA)

Helen Phoenix, Head of Customer Collaboration, South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA)

Nick Huston, Future Energy Business Manager, Daikin UK 

Retrofit to Regeneration: Tackling Climate Change and Building Communities

Wednesday 30th March 2022, 14.00 – 15.30

James Brass, Policy Officer, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Nasir Hussain, Community Partnerships & Investment Manager, Manningham Housing Association

Kate Gilmartin, Community Energy Investment Lead, Lancashire County Council

Ria Bailes, Managing Director, Bailes Partners Consulting, and Chair, Green Spaces Advisory Board

Good Green Jobs – Tenants, Housing, and Skills

Thursday 7th April, 13.00 – 14.30

Urgency underpinned the recommendations of the Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury – acting fast, acting together, but also taking care to get it right first time. The Jury also recommended that housing providers should be proactive in training up their own workforces, including opportunities for tenants’ themselves.

These recommendations were in relation to the Jury’s focus on retrofit but is relevant to the need to green much of society and the economy. Many industries will have to transition to low carbon practices and new jobs will do the work of decarbonising the natural and built environment.

Good Green Jobs grappled with these challenges and opportunities. Bringing together housing and stakeholders across government, business, and education, speakers discussed the importance of investing in green jobs, developing the training and skills pathways for the new and current workforce, and collaborating across areas to cement good green jobs at the local level for communities to benefit from.