Season's Greetings!
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
Can you believe it... our last newsletter of 2016. We're ending the year with some good news to tell you about - a new community energy scheme up and running in Cumbria. We also have a new free draughtproofing service you might be able to take advantage of. Meanwhile, if your New Year's Resolution is to build your own home, we've a few articles that could be helpful to you. You'll also read about some new publications linked to climate change and an arty appeal!
Killington Reservoir hydro set for official launch
Members of Community Energy Cumbria at a site visit to the Killington Reservoir hydro scheme in May 2016
The New year will get off to an energetic start for Community Energy Cumbria, who'll celebrate the official launch of the Killington Reservoir hydro scheme on 4 January.

The Hon Tim Farron MP will unveil a plaque at the foot of the dam, followed by a reception at Killington Sailing Association clubhouse nearby.

It's a well-deserved opportunity for everyone involved to celebrate a fantastic result, after several years of planning and hard work. The hydro began generating on 23 November and the CEC team are really happy with its performance so far, despite the low rainfall we've had.

It will also be an opportunity to hear from South Lakeland District Council, who have been committed to a long-term programme of community energy support, and who are supporting this launch event, alongside Cumbria Action for Sustainability.

Everyone's welcome to attend the plaque unveiling. There are just a small number of places for the reception, however, so booking is essential for that.

We'll report back on the launch in the next edition!
Free energy advice and draughtproofing
Free draughtproofing, LED bulbs and energy-saving advice are all now on offer for eligible households in Copeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden.

Home owners and tenants can take advantage of our free Energy Saving at Home service if they meet one
of these criteria:
✔ 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

A CAfS Energy Champion will visit your home to give advice on ways to save energy and check your home for draughts. If you need LED bulbs or have draughts around your doors, windows, letterbox and chimney, for example, we'll provide the draughtproofing materials and arrange for a professional fitter to come and install them - all free of charge. 

We're able to offer this fantastic service thanks to funding from the Ebico Trust and Global Action Plan.

If you or anyone you know could benefit, please get in touch with us soon, as there's a limit to the number of households we can help.
Artists - climate ideas?
If you're an artist, would you be interested in exploring a climate change theme in your work?

We're keen to see climate change issues reflected more in the arts in Cumbria, and there may be ways we could support artists to achieve this. It could be helping you find funding for an exhibition, promoting something you're doing that relates to climate change, or anything else you can artistically dream up!

If you have any thoughts, please contact us for a chat.
Guidance for Cumbrian businesses on impacts of climate change
A new guide to climate resilience for businesses in Cumbria has just been published. 

Cumbria - Weathering The Storm explores the changes we might see to our climate and the impact these could have on businesses. It outlines ways that businesses could protect themselves from these impacts and benefit from climate changes. 

It also includes resources and tools to assess and increase business resilience, with case studies from affected firms. 
The guide has been developed by CLASP, wo rking with local authorities in Cumbria.
Talking climate change
A new book hot off the presses this month aims to shed light on how to communicate about climate change. Talking Climate is aimed at academics, campaigners and communicators, and has been produced by national organisation Climate Outreach.

It explores why there's been limited progress in public engagement about climate change.
Register your interest in self building
Crosby Ravensworth Passivhaus
Want to build your own sustainable home, but never thought it might become reality because of a lack of affordable plots? 

Well, times are changing. With recent legislation, local authorities are required to keep a register of people looking for land to build their own home. 

They now have a duty to consider the number of people who are registered as interested in self-build in their development policies.

This is an opportunity to establish that there is a widespread, unsatisfied desire in the county from people wanting to build their own homes. 

So, if you are interested in self-build, go to your local authority’s website and apply to be put on their self-build register.

An information session could be organised in late January, if there is interest. If you’d find this useful, or would like to find out more about what this legislation means, please email the South Lakes Custom & Self-build Group at, with “SB Register Meeting” in the subject line.
Could a community land trust benefit your area?
A community land trust scheme in Keswick
Community land trusts (CLTs) are part of a grass-roots movement responding to the long-standing gap between wages, house prices and rents. CLTs develop permanently protected affordable homes to meet local need, and often incorporate more sustainable forms of development, like eco-design and self-build.

Here in Cumbria, there’s even someone on hand to help communities get a trust off the ground. Andy Lloyd, based in Penrith, is a technical advisor affiliated to the National CLT Network. He provides a project development service, which includes business planning and project management to make it easier to set up a CLT.

CLTs are being developed in both rural and urban locations and there are now over 170 in England and Wales. In Cumbria, communities in Witherslack, Crosby Ravensworth, Keswick, Skelwith & Langdale have developed 50 CLT homes so far, with eight more in the planning in Brigsteer. Groups in Braithwaite, Glenridding, Carlisle and Ulverston are researching opportunities, too.

If you’re interested, Andy will be happy to chat or come out to you. Email him at or call  07525 635692. There's more information on his website.
Double your fiver
If you're feeling particularly festive and would like to include CAfS on your Christmas list, then today (Fri 16 Dec) is a great time to donate £5 to us, as there's a chance it could be doubled. We're taking part in the #GiveMe5 campaign through our LocalGiving page. LocalGiving will randomly choose 1,000 out of the £5 donations made on the day, and the lucky organisations will have their fivers doubled. Small donations go a long way for CAfS, as the only funding we receive is grants for specific projects. 
How Low Can You Go?
Apples in winter
Food accounts for almost as much of the average person's carbon footprint as heating the home. As well as thinking about the transportation and processing costs of food, simply wasting less will shave a bit off your carbon emissions. A little advance planning can help you avoid over-catering this festive season. This  blog post by Love Food Hate Waste has some really practical tips to help you starve the bin this Christmas.

If you do have surplus food, you can give it away on some  Freegle groups.

Meanwhile, have you seen the new BBC series about projects tackling food waste? Something to watch over Christmas!
CAfS office closure over Christmas
Our office closes at 5pm today (Fri 16 Dec)
and we'll be back raring to go on Tuesday 3 Jan 2017. 
Every best wish to you for Christmas and the New Year, from the CAfS team!
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