Cumbria Action for Sustainability
Last few places at Green Build Festival events
There are just a couple more events during Cumbria Green Build Festival with tickets still available!

TOMORROW! Learn how to grow salads, microgreens & herbs during the winter, and get a pallet planter to fill and take home.
Sat 29 Sept, Appleby

Visit the low-energy community of homes and workspaces at Lancaster Co-Housing.
Sat 29 Sep, Forgebank

Find out all about owning an electric vehicle in Cumbria, see some vehicles and put your questions to the owners.
Wed 3 Oct, Kendal
Look out for two community energy share offers!
There are two share offers on the horizon for community energy schemes in Cumbria.

Burneside Community Energy (BCE)
BCE is set to issue a share offer for its second community energy project, which will launch at 7pm on Wednesday 24 October at The Bryce Institute. Follow Community Energy Cumbria on Twitter (@CommEnCumbria) for updates, and also the CAfS social media channels.

Brampton and Beyond Energy (BABE)
BABE is submitting a full planning application to Cumbria County Council for an anaerobic digestion plant at Middle Farm, Brampton. While awaiting the outcome, they'll be busy preparing the prospectus for a large community share issue. Visit for more details.
First #ReadyForRain vlog goes live!
Some exciting news! The first video diary charting the renovation of 33a Chapel Street in Appleby has been published.

This previously flooded terraced house is being retrofitted so it copes well with flooding in the future, while also using materials and techniques that are ideal for Cumbria's solid-wall buildings.

The first vlog features Chris Morphet from Lake District Lime bringing you up to date with what's been happening at the house since works got under way following planning permission.

Chris, one of the owners of the house, will carry out most of the renovation works himself. He has heroically learned to use a Go-Pro camera to supplement footage from our film maker, Paul from Explainer HQ in Kendal.

Tune in now for the first episode, and keep an eye on our social media for the next installment!
Hope floats for new community hydro in Cumbria
Hopes for a new hydro scheme in Allerdale have had a boost after a community of parishes secured funding to explore potential sites south of Cockermouth.

The Melbreak Communities, including the parishes of Blindbothel, Buttermere, Lorton and Loweswater, got funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) to carry out a feasibility study on three sites, to see if any of them would be suitable for a community hydro scheme.  

CAfS made the funding application on behalf of the Melbreak Communities and will manage the contract for the feasibility study, being done by Teesdale Environmental Consulting Ltd. The research will take about six months. Fingers crossed that a hydro scheme can go ahead on one of the sites being looked at! Watch this space for updates.
Electricity North West CEO visits CAfS
We welcomed the chief executive of Electricity North West, Peter Emery, to our offices this month. Peter came to find out more about the work we do on energy reduction, renewable energy and community energy in particular.

For us, it was incredibly valuable to have an insight into the world of energy supply and what the future might hold, from Peter's unique perspective.

ENW has recently launched a new strategy for supporting the growth of community energy and we were interested to hear how the company sees community energy fitting into the region's energy production for the future, and what some of our shared challenges are.
Hellos and goodbyes at CAfS
Our chief executive, Hazel, returned from maternity leave this month, taking back the reins from Phil Davies, who has expertly steered our big green ship in her absence. Welcome back Hazel, and well done Phil!
We're also excited to welcome back our administrator, Kushti, after her maternity leave. Kushti's back in the hot seat next Tuesday!
The great news is that Gemma, who has done an amazing job of covering Kushti's maternity leave, will be staying on with us in a project support role.
Now for the sad news... our brilliant Frankie is moving on to pastures new. Frankie has been with us for almost three years, most recently managing Cumbria Green Build Festival, our flagship project. You might also recognise her as the star of many of our CAfS videos. We think she could have a career in TV if she ever gets fed up with all this green stuff (which we doubt will ever happen!). We thank her for all her endless enthusiasm, hard work and for being such a great colleague. We wish her well in whatever the future holds.
Alston to host music event with world premiere
Put a date in your diary for next Wednesday, 3 October, for the ClimateKeys event in Alston.

ClimateKeys events are happening all over the world, with musicians using music to stimulate conversations about climate change.

You'll hear the world premiere of a piece called 'Optimism is a Political Act' by composer Lola Perrin, and poetry by Josephine Dixon.

CAfS chief executive Hazel will then lead a discussion on climate change.

It's at St Augustine of Canterbury Church at 7.30pm. No need to book. Free admission.
In other news...
Crowdfund campaign for Penrith zero-waste shop

Penrith could soon have a new zero-waste shop if the community gets behind a local woman who has started a crowdfunding campaign. Zoe Hedges runs the online shop Eco Cumbria and wants to bring her zero-waste products to the high street. Find out more >>
Green Happy Hour returns to Brampton

Sustainable Brampton is restarting its Green Happy Hour of sustainability chit-chat. It'll be on the Thursday following Brampton Farmers’ markets over the winter months, starting in November. Keep an eye on their website and social media for details.
Labour launches new environment policy

The environment was one of the five main themes in this week's conference speech by the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. The party has published its new environment policy, called The Green Transformation. It includes a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature
rises to no more than 1.5 °C, a pledge to "ensure that 60 per cent of the UK’s energy comes from low-carbon or renewable sources within twelve years of coming to power" and a ban on fracking. Interestingly for CAfS, there's also a strong focus on making the UK's homes more energy efficient.
The Magic of Soil | Wed 24 Oct | 7pm | Newton Rigg College, Penrith
With a forecast that the world’s soil will be dust in 60 years, what has to change? Illustrated talk by Prof Phil Gregory (Uni of British Columbia)

Fri 12 Oct | Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project
Sat 13 Oct | Kendal Leisure Centre 
Get training and then help promote home composting in your area. Contact Emma Lynch:

Farmers' markets

  • Carlisle - First Sat
  • Brampton - Last Sat
  • Brough - Third Sat
  • Kendal - Last Fri
  • Kirkoswald - Third Sat
  • Orton - Second Sat
  • Penrith - Third Tue

Sustainability networking
  • Carlisle: Conversation Café | Third Sat | 12-2pm | Cakes & Ale Café
  • Penrith: Green Drinks | First Thu | 7.30pm | Dockray Hall
  • Brampton Green Happy Hour | Thu after each Brampton Farmers' Market

Repair cafes Bring along items that need fixed and volunteers will do their best to help. You might even learn a few skills along the way.

Beach/river cleans:
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