A city community group has entered the running for a £1 million prize fund aimed at discovering ways to save the planet by cutting CO2 emissions.
SusMo, a joint partnership between a number of Birmingham community groups working together for a sustainable Moseley, is taking part in the Big Green Challenge.
The two-year competition, launched by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) is searching the country for communities willing to go green to tackle climate change.
Ideas could either be brand new or a fresh way of applying existing solutions and must detail ways to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent.
The group with the most imaginative and successful approach will win the biggest share of £1 million, which must be spent on projects that benefit that community.
Some of SusMo's achievements to date include an award-winning and growing farmer's market, a green doctor service for householders - providing residents with green advice, a calendar with tips and contact details to raise awareness and plans for a car sharing club.
Esther Boyd, from SusMo, said its proposals for the competition were a secret as prior to the deadline on February 29.
"We're really excited to be entering the Big Green Challenge," she said.
"We've worked as a group to come up with ideas that we think could have a real impact on emissions in our community, many of which we're keen to progress no matter what happens.
"We are a small committee but we are linked to a lot of other groups that have their own committees. The SusMo committee has about 10 people. We are working on the Sustainable Moseley project with the Moseley Community Development Trust, the Moseley Society, Moseley in Bloom, Moseley Traders and Birmingham Sustainable Energy Partnership.
"In addition of course, the Moseley Forum, which SusMo is a part of and also Moseley and District Churches Housing Association."
After the closing date for applications, Nesta and a panel of experts will select the 100 strongest ideas, with help provided to develop their ideas.
These competitors will then be whittled down to a shortlist of 10 finalists, who will then be given a year to put their ideas into practice, with £20,000 in financial support and advice from Nesta.
They will have to achieve a measurable reduction of carbon dioxide emissions through the involvement of the whole group or community, while proving their ideas can be expanded or copied in a different area or setting.
The group with the most imaginative and proven approach at the end of the competition, will win the lion's share of the million pounds up for grabs.
Those eligible to enter include groups that are already formed, such as a local branch of the Scouts or a Parent Teacher Association, new groups made up of people with a common interest, or those led by a not-for-profit organisation, such as a charity.
Nesta revealed that so far 57 applications had been received across the country with 342 more in the pipeline.
* Full details available to view at www.biggreenchallenge.org.uk