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Virtual Sustainable Living Tours

Hockerton
Organised by Hockerton Housing Project
£0 - £8.50

The Hockerton Housing Project is a small community of five earth sheltered homes built in 1998 on the outskirts of Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, UK. They usually offers tours around their site, but these are currently cancelled until the beginning of June. Provisional dates for later this year are listed at the end.

In the meantime, they are offering live interactive Zoom tours of the project led by one of the residents covering their own home and the land.  You will be able to ask questions about growing your own food, renewable energies and more.

If you are interested, you can book a ticket here.

They are also running a weekday Zoom tour aimed at younger people about the challenges of climate change and living in a sustainable community.

You can book a ticket for this here.

They are also encouraging any students interested in sustainability to visit this video gallery. For children in years 5 and 6,  they suggest they look at The Green Pioneers Open University video.  The areas of GCSE and A level syllabus coverage is detailed in their education brochure

When COVID-19 restrictions lift, provisional dates for on-site tours this year are the following:

  • Saturday 6th June, 2pm - 5pm
  • Saturday 4th July, 2pm - 5pm
  • Saturday 12th September, 2pm - 5pm

https://bit.ly/2OvEZ0h

iFixit Repair Guides

Do you have any broken items in need of fixing? Even though Repair Cafés cannot open at the moment, do not throw them away. See if you can fix them using a manual from iFixit. iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything including cars, phones, game consoles and household appliances. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them.

https://bit.ly/2KWClyo

A New Matchmaking Service for Community Energy Groups

PowerPaired is a new, free online platform which provides a matchmaking service to bring together  community energy groups and the owners of sites with potential to host community-owned renewable energy projects. Their aim is to increase the number of community owned renewable energy projects in the UK by making it easier for them to get off the ground. They want to help communities take control of the way their energy is generated, saving money and tackling climate change at the same time.

Other support tools will be available including partner Pure Leapfrog’s legal template documents.
Created by sustainability NGO Forum for the Future, over 100 sites are already on offer from the National Grid, churches, schools, and offices across the UK. 

https://bit.ly/2GX27Av

350's Online Skill-up

350 have a range of online courses about climate change and what you can do about it. Each online skill-up uses interactive activities and multimedia to teach you skills you can use to take action against climate change. Courses:

  • Having Climate Change Conversations
  • Climate Change Science 101
  • How Social Movements Win
  • Introduction to Campaigning
  • Advanced Campaigning Lessons
  • Fracking
  • Divestment

To book: https://bit.ly/3c4uj2t 

AECB webinars

AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) is a network of individuals & companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. The AECB runs free webinars to share specialist knowledge. Although every AECB webinar is completely free for all to attend, the webinar recordings are usually only for AECB members. However, they have made them accessible to all during lockdown.

Past webinars have included:

  • How do you decarbonise a city - or a county? By global consulting group Anthesis
  • Climate Change Starts at Home with Sarah Price
  • ESCO IN A BOX with AECB Expert Advisor Dr Steven Fawkes
    ('ESCO-in-a-box' is new concept for increasing the uptake of energy efficiency projects by SMEs)

You can view them here: https://www.aecb.net/webinar-recordings/