Community groups and parish councils in Derbyshire are being encouraged to limit their environmental impact.
South Derbyshire District Council said its Low Carbon Village Project aimed to help tackle climate change by getting people to think about energy use.
It will see village working groups given advice and financial help with insulation, waste, travel choices and planting trees.
The council said by working together people could make a real difference.
The authority is offering a free resource pack with details of how to join the project and what it involves.
Councillor John Bladen said they wanted to hear from volunteers willing to help develop the scheme.
"Our aim is to work closely with communities to develop a range of carbon saving and environmental projects that will enable them to become greener and more sustainable, as well as helping residents socially and financially.
"This is a superb and innovative opportunity to help make a difference."