Just Ask Scarlett, a UK-based sustainability consultancy is convening a special task force in Lancashire to consider how Regional Economic and Spatial Strategy might apply the concepts of "The Geen New Deal" as an effective approach in dealing with the current economic crisis.

In the NW, more than 10,000 construction related employees have lost their jobs in the last 12 months. At the same time, we are faced with an emergency in climate change and an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions.

By linking public sector investment, sustainable building, retrofitting of existing buildings with carbon reducing technologies and the development of a sustainable community programme based on localised economies and co-housing agarian projects, the aim of the proposals is to employ local people to deliver significant numbers new "green collar jobs".

Lending from work done by the Transition Towns Network and the New Economics Foundation, the proposed pilot (to be developed in Lancashire) would see the development of a sub-regional Community Interest Company (CIC) that would deliver housing, green infrastructure and carbon reduction programmes in both the private and public sectors.

The model is wholly transportable and uses a mix of existing UK government funding and private sector (Green) investment vehicles to support significant investment in the development of the green, locally resilient economies.

Anyone interested in supporting the programme or replicating the approach in other parts of the world should contact Mark O'Reilly at Just Ask Scarlett.