Charity seeks Olympic volunteer champions

Sustrans to help secure green legacy of London 2012

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is offering grants for ‘Inspiring Sustainable Living’, designed to help people travel in active and environmentally-friendly ways.

Sustainable transport charity is to recruit and train a group of Active Travel Champions in London – a team of volunteers to encourage and support people in workplaces, schools, universities and communities to walk and cycle more.

Sustrans’ London Director Carl Pittam said: ‘We’re excited to be part of Olympic fever, playing a role in helping people to cycle and walk more in the run up to and during London 2012. This is a real opportunity to be an Olympic host country that champions healthier and more active ways of travelling, both to the Games and as part of everyday life.”

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman announced the grants at the Olympic Park this week. She said: “London 2012 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire genuine change and provide a model of how living sustainably can be incorporated into whole communities as we build a green economy. These projects will contribute by making a practical difference in the community and leave a lasting green legacy.”

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