Carbon Footprinting and Energy Bike in Buxton

Working with Transition Buxton we gave out 358 low energy lightbulbs to almost as many people in Buxton Town centre on Saturday 8th May.
Despite a chilly wind lots of people stopped to try out our Energy Bike which offers the chance to try to power both a low energy lightbulb and a traditional incandescent bulb using a push bike! Children and teenagers were especially keen to have a go.
A handful of people also worked out their carbon footprint using our paper tool (download it here) and received advice on how to lower their energy usage and save money at the same time. Their footprints varied from approx. 4.5 tonnes to just over 10 (compared to a national average of around nine tonnes – so not bad!)

Training - Save money and carbon in your community building

Funding has been secured from the Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnership by Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, and Marches Energy Agency to provide Carbon Management training
FREE OF CHARGE to 3rd Sector organisations.
The project is called CO2 Partnership Engagement (COPE). As part of this, training will be provided to organisations in two separate blocks, and will include:
·        Energy efficiency, leading to detailed understanding of energy consumption
·        Organisational and staff engagement
·        Carbon foot-printing of your organisation using an online Web-based tool, followed by carbon reduction action planning
·        Best practice and knowledge sharing, and mutual support
We will show you how to produce a report on your building(s), including the detailing of energy and cost savings from renovations (helping to attract funding). We will also provide email and telephone support and free energy monitors.
The first training session will be at 10am on Wednesday 19th May at the Newstead Centre, Nottingham. Please give me a ring or email me as below to reserve your place or for further information as soon as possible, or if you just want to have a chat about Carbon Management.
Phil Wilson
Partnership Engagement Officer, Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN)
Tel: 01623 727600

Energy Bill receives Royal assent

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Building Greener Communities conference

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