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Cornwall's Eco-Employment Plans

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:39pm 7th September 2012. (Updated at 10:59am 10th September 2012)

Cornwall is leading the way in eco-employment.

Plans for a new centre to teach people how to live and work in a low-carbon world have revealed at the Eden Project.

Bosses working in partnership with Cornwall College say HOW2 will create 150 jobs, and that is just at the start.

Chief Executive, Enterprise, Gaynor Coley said: "The exhibition space will allow visitors to experience and explore how we might live and work successfully in the 21st Century and how each and every one of us can take part. It will be rich with new ideas and groundbreaking technologies that could provide the answers to low carbon living and visitors will be invited to participate and enter into an ongoing relationship with HOW2.

"The building will have built-in recording facilities so that any lessons will be available via the web. The aim is to create a new approach that combines hands-on practical experimentation and learning with online digital information that is accessible from any internet connection. This will help drive the swift transfer of knowledge and the continued updating of such knowledge."

Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said:  "The HOW2 Project will allow us to remain at the forefront of sustainable and renewable technologies training within the Cornish economy. We have worked with the Eden Project on a number of schemes previously and are very much looking forward to continuing our partnership. We value our contribution to the local community and this will offer some great opportunities."

The development phase of HOW2 has been funded with grants of £385,000 from the European Regional Development Fund under the Convergence Programme and £175,000 from Cornwall Council.

Eden and Cornwall College are getting ready to submit plans to County Hall.

The exact location on the Eden site is being appraised and, subject to the capital funding being secured, the building is due to be completed by mid-2015.

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