Cumbria Action for Sustainability

You haven't heard from us for a while... we've been catching our breath after this year's bumper Green Build Festival, and, of course, keeping all our other projects on the move. As you'll see below, there's loads going on on the sustainability front - and there's even a job on offer! Jaki
We're recruiting! Could you be our admin officer?
Our super-efficient administration officer, Kushti, will be heading off on maternity leave shortly, and we need a skilled administrator to keep us in order while she's away.

It's a fantastic opportunity for an experienced administrator who's looking for a new challenge. There's a lot of variety in the role, with a full range of administrative duties – everything from finances to supporting our events and training courses.

It's a part-time role of around 22-24 hours a week, with a competitive salary of £16-18,000 full-time equivalent (pro rata).

If you or anyone you know might be interested, we'd love to hear from you. Please do forward this email on to friends and family!

The deadline for applications is noon on Thursday 2 November.
Free chimney sheep, door/window seals
Frankie O'Keeffe demonstrates a chimney sheep at a home energy draught-proofing event
The fantastic Ebico Trust have once again offered us grant funding to install draught-proofing materials like seals around doors and windows and chimney sheep. This time around, we're able to offer this service to people who meet a few criteria and who live in Eden or Carlisle:

  • Over 60 years old and on a low income
  • Under 60 and in receipt of a means-tested benefit
  • A member of the household has a disability or long-term health issue

We're taking bookings from now and we can help around 40 households. Once we've found all 40 homes, we'll then start home visits later this winter to assess what materials are needed. Professional installers will then fit the materials in early spring.

If you know of someone who could benefit from this, please email Andrew or call us on 01768 210276.
Could your village hall power the electric vehicle revolution?
Electric car vehicle charging point
If you know of a village hall with solar panels, there's a way for the hall to bring in funds by selling unused solar power, while adding to the network of charging points for electric vehicles.
Charge my Street is a new co-operative operating in Cumbria and Lancashire, which is looking for village halls with solar panels that can help local people to charge up electric vehicles.
Most village halls are paid for 50% of the electricity they generate, regardless of how much they use. With Charge my Street’s smart-grid technology, excess power is sold to the electric vehicle owner. Local residents invest in the charge point through community shares, so there is no up-front cost to the village hall.

The installation and ongoing management will be carried out by Charge my Street. Village halls would need a couple of parking spaces that could be designated for EV charging.
Find out more, or, to register an interest for your village hall please email Daniel Heery.
Hundreds inspired by our Green Build Festival
National Trust Footprint Building Green Build Festival 2017
Nearly 450 people came to our Green Build Festival events across Cumbria last month, picking up the skills and ideas to green up their homes, businesses and communities.

The festival, which ran for a week from 16 September, gave Cumbrians a chance to learn about materials and methods for insulating buildings, renewable energy, the latest in heating systems, and designing energy-efficient homes and work spaces.  

With more than 30 events, it was a bumper programme by first-time Green Build manager Frankie O'Keeffe, who was determined to pack loads of variety into this year's events.

"I'd just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to the events and supported the festival," Frankie said. "I'm also hugely grateful to everyone who hosted events for us this year - from those who opened their homes so that others could learn from first-hand experience, to the incredibly knowledgeable local organisations who shared their expertise in the workshops and courses. We couldn't have done it without them all."

We're also extremely grateful to all the funders who made the festival possible: the Big Lottery Fund, Cumbria County Council, Electricity North West, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, HSBC, Lake District National Park, Pride in Penrith Lottery, South Lakeland District Council and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

We've been pouring over all the feedback forms from attendees, which have been overwhelmingly positive while also giving us some suggestions and ideas for how we could make the festival even better next year. It won't be long before planning gets under way again!
Alston looks ahead to a greener future
Alston Moor Greenprint Festival
Our Alston Moor Greenprint project came centre-stage last month with a week-long programme of events inspiring residents to look ahead to a greener future for this unique part of Cumbria.

Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Greenprint project will run for three years and will result in a shared vision for the Alston Moor area, with sustainability at its heart. This is the first year of the Greenprint, and the festival events were an important part of gathering the community's views on the priorities for development.

At the heart of the Greenprint Festival was an innovative community art installation called the Alston ARK, which helped bring out what residents feel is special about the area. Another key event challenged residents to prioritise the services and infrastructure developments they'd like to see, by allocating an allowance of specially designed 'bank notes'. With a blend of interactive fun and learning, people of all ages got involved in shaping Alston's future.

The Greenprint goes hand in hand with the new community plan being developed for the area by Alston Moor Partnership, and the next steps in the current consultation phase will be a comprehensive survey among residents. Thanks to the festival and other work that's been done so far, though, there are already a few clear priorities and we'll report back next time on some steps being taken to drive these forward.
In brief...
New bus service launched from Penrith to Appleby
If you're travelling from Penrith to Appleby, please support the new 563 bus service! Operated by Stagecoach, it was launched on 4 September and offers three Penrith to Appleby return journeys from Monday to Friday between 9.15am and 3pm, calling at Kirkby Thore and Temple Sowerby.

You can view the full timetable online (search for 563) or pick up a leaflet from various venues including Appleby and Penrith Tourist Information Centres. We understand that this service is not subsidised and will not continue if it is not used sufficiently, so it's vital that it's well used.
Help Freegle win much-needed funds
Freegle could win £7,000 from eBay, and they need your help. All you have to do is log into your eBay account and set Freegle as your favourite charity. All it takes is the click of a button - you don't need to make a donation, buy or sell anything to do it. Make Freegle your favourite charity now
Carbon Co-op launches home energy training
A new series of courses has opened for booking, to help households transform draughty old properties into smart, efficient, low-carbon homes of the future. The courses, by one of CAfS' partners, the Carbon Co-op, will run until December next year in Manchester and Hebden Bridge. Full programme of courses
New book on community energy goes on sale
A new practical guide published last month aims to help communities choose the form of community-based energy that best suits them.

Written by Gordon Cowtan, co-founder of the Fintry Development Trust, the book is called Community Energy: A Guide to Community-Based Renewable Energy Projects and is on sale now.
Climate news...
Cost of offshore wind energy falls dramatically
There was fantastic news last month with the media reporting dramatic reductions in the cost of generating energy at offshore windfarms. The Centre for Sustainable Energy reported that costs had fallen faster than even the most optimistic of last year’s forecasts.

"The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms is now £57.50 per megawatt hour (MWh) for plant coming on stream in 2022-23 – half of what it was in 2015," the CSE said. It compares to the index-linked £92.50/MWh for the new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point. map will show councils that invest in fossil fuels
Would you like to know whether your local council invests in oil, coal and gas companies? will reveal all on 9 November in a new report and interactive map being published during the COP23 international climate talks.

The organisation wants people to get involved and encourage their councils to divest their pension funds from fossil-fuel companies. Sign up for more information and resources on #fuellingthefire.
How Low Can You Go?
Did you know that supermarkets will often let you use your own tubs to buy products at their meat, fish, cheese and bakery counters?

It's a great way to reduce the amount of single-use plastic you take home. Shoppers in Penrith have been putting it to the test as part of a campaign by Penrith Action on Community Transition (PACT).
Think Global, Act Local | Hawkshead Primary School | 28 Oct, 4pm-7pm
Workshop & talk on personal carbon footprints, how you can make a difference locally and globally, and solutions under way round the world.
Dealing with Extreme Weather | 28 Oct | Friends Meeting House, Lancaster
Free one-day conference with speakers from Lancaster, Paris, and Catalonia.
Repair Cafe | Local Links, Kirkby Stephen | 1 Nov
Bring along anything that needs fixing, and volunteers will try to help.
Conversation Cafe | Cake and Ale Cafe, Carlisle | 4 Nov, 12pm
Sustainable Carlisle's monthly green discussions over a coffee.

Community energy consultation | Quaker Tapestry, Kendal | 23 Nov
Hosted by Electricity North West

Festive Freegle | Stavely Village Hall | 25 Nov
Christmas markets by Sustainable Brampton: Carlisle 2 Dec, Brampton 16 Dec.
Know of a sustainability event?  Tell us  & we'll include it next time.
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
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