A job, a Contract and Your Green Build Wish List!
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
We've managed to pack a lot of opportunities into this edition for you! Read on to find out how you can:

* come and work with us
* tell us what events you want during Green Build
* influence politicians about climate change
* get a grant to make your home warmer
* get stuff fixed or source second hand
* get free LED bulbs

So, lots for you to be getting on with!  Jaki
Job & contract opportunities with CAfS
Exciting news... we have two new opportunities for you to work with us on some of our highest-profile projects.

If either of these are right up your street, we'd love to hear from you - and please forward this on to anyone else you think might be interested:
JOB: Low Carbon Communities Manager
Could you support and inspire communities that want to make their buildings more energy efficient or generate their own renewable energy?

We’re looking for someone to coordinate and deliver the Community Energy Support Programme in South Lakeland and to develop CAfS projects elsewhere across the county.

This is a part-time role, on a fixed-term contract with potential to extend. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Thursday 25 May 2017.
CONTRACT: Research into environmental cost of industry response to flood refurbishment 
We want to understand the drivers behind the clean-up process and property refurbishment after flooding, and the environmental cost.

Through this research project, we also want to explore how the clean-up and refitting of buildings could be done in a more environmentally sustainable way, while also being more cost effective and improving the recovery process for householders.

It's part of the Rebuilding Together programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which aims to increase the resilience and sustainability of communities and third-sector organisations across Cumbria.

The deadline to submit a quotation is 23 May 2017. 
Rubbish Rebels schools challenge is a first for CAfS
Pupils and their families from 20 primary schools across Cumbria are rebelling against rubbish in a bid to reduce waste and win prizes for their school and family.

Created and run by CAfS, the Rubbish Rebels Challenge kicks off at each school with a new, interactive workshop delving into why we need to waste less and how to do it.

Then it's over to the school and the families of all the pupils to make pledges to reduce waste. Every pledge earns points for the school, and there's a grand prize worth £500 for the winner - along with a family prize, too.

The Rubbish Rebels scheme, commissioned by Cumbria County Council, is the first inter-school competition that CAfS has run. We're very grateful to the first two schools to take part, St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School and Beaconside Church of England Primary School in Penrith. They kindly agreed to pilot the challenge with us before we began rolling it out to the other 18 schools. 

There are only a few places left for schools, so if yours would like to get involved please contact frankie@cafs.org.uk as soon as possible.

The workshops are continuing throughout the spring and summer terms, and the winner will be announced in July. Watch this space!
General elections - a rare chance to let prospective MPs know you care about climate change
So, a general election is just a month away. It's a great opportunity for anyone who's concerned about climate change to let prospective MPs know that it’s something you care about. If enough people raise climate change as a concern, elected representatives will get the message that they should care too and prioritise the issue - regardless of their political party. 

Strong, consistent action on climate change is needed from politicians - and immense, constant public pressure is needed to drive this. CAfS is not affiliated to any political party - rather, we feel that representatives from across the political divide need to share a commitment to tackling climate change, and get behind the actions that need to happen if we’re going to prevent harmful climate change. For a good summary of these actions, see the  Zero Carbon Britain report by the Centre for Alternative Technology.

If you'd like to find out what your candidates' views are on topics that have an impact on carbon emissions, and therefore climate change, have a look at our 6 tips:


And, whichever candidate gets your vote, let's not lose this really rare opportunity to let them know that climate change matters to the people they represent. If they see that climate change is a strong theme on the campaign trail, it will help inform their future decision making.
How can we help you green up your home?
Green Build Festival logo - Cumbria Action for Sustainability
We're planning this year's Green Build Festival, and we want to hear from you what kind of events would help you most. 

If you're planning a new build or want to make your home more energy efficient or generally greener in some way, tell us which topics you want to know more about or the skills you want to gain.

In brief...
Light-bulb moment for green energy switchers
If you're thinking of changing to a renewables-only tariff for your home energy, now's a great time as you could snap up some free LED bulbs.

For a limited time, if you switch to Ecotricity through CAfS you'll receive a free LED bulb kit (worth £30), helping to reduce your electricity bill.
Safe and Warm grants available in Carlisle
Grants of up to £7,500 are available for low-income homeowners in Carlisle to carry out home repairs and energy-efficiency measures to make their homes safer and warmer. 

They're available through Homelife Carlisle Home Improvement Agency and are for works such as cavity wall and loft insulation, draught-proofing including glazing, heating repairs and replacements, among others. 


You can also email homelife@carlisle.gov.uk or telephone 01228 817111.
How Low Can You Go?
If you're trying to reduce your carbon footprint, re-using things is a great way to do it. If everyone repaired goods or used secondhand ones, fewer new items would need to be produced and transported, saving lots of carbon emissions. It reduces the amount of goods ending up in landfill, too. Here are three tips to help you:

REPAIR THINGS: This one's very timely, given we've just had the first few repair cafes in Cumbria and we're about to have the next batch (see Events, below). Meanwhile, the internet is awash with how-to guides and videos online showing you how to fix just about everything. 

BUY SECOND HAND: You know about charity shops, jumble sales and websites like Gumtree and eBay, but have you come across the 'sell and seek' groups on Facebook? Search 'Cumbria sell and seek' to see lots of groups around the county where you can post items for sale or wanted. For furniture, there are social enterprises that sell donated goods while also giving their staff valuable work experience and skills. Impact Furniture Services shop is one example.

GET THINGS FREE: There are thriving Freegle and Freecycle groups around Cumbria. You can also find things being offered free on Gumtree, as well as on the Facebook 'sell and seek' groups mentioned above.

Got any more tips? Let us know and we'll share them!
Events
Yard sales & 'New to You' sale | 7 May, 1-4pm | Long Marton nr Appleby
Call at village hall for 'New to You' sale (hall fundraiser) & yard-sale map.
Community Gardening Talk | 25 May | 7pm  | Salvation Army, Penrith
Meet the Penrith Community Gardeners and discover just what they get up to!
Repair Cafes - If you’ve got something that needs fixing, bring it along: 

Know of a sustainability event? Tell us & we'll include it next time.

Donations match-fund boost for CAfS 
LocalGiving has just increased the match fund pot available to CAfS, so your donations until the end of June could be doubled. If you'd like to support our work, now's an ideal time as your donation will go even further. Thanks to your help we have now raised £592 of our £750 target.
Please help us raise the remaining £158.
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
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