Internship Opportunity

We are offering an internship position to a highly motivated undergraduate or graduate.  The role will be primarily focused with the development, marketing and take up of Marches Energy Agency's online carbon management tool WeSave ( 

What does WeSave do?

" supplies users with the tools to perform their own energy audit through the interactive website, accompanied by its help screens and guide book.  This process gives ownership to their own carbon descent, increasing their involvement in the process and resulting in large impacts on your carbon descent. then continues to interact with the user, showing them how their energy consumption decreases over time and assisting with any future changes."

What does the internship role involve?

The tasks will involve:

  • The study of the current use of WeSave
  • Making case studies of positive examples in WeSave's use
  • The preparation of promotional materials for WeSave
  • The active involvement in the marketing of WeSave
  • Acting as an assistant in the preparation and delivery of training sessions in the use of WeSave.
  • General admin support

Gains for the successful applicant

The successful applicant will:

  • Gain valuable experience working for one of the country's leading sustainable energy and climate change social enterprises
  • Learn the ability to perform energy audits using WeSave
  • Develop the ability to teach others how to use the tool

What we are looking for

The successful applicant should be able to show:

  • Enthusiasm to combat climate change and their own part in making the world a better place.
  • The ability to act under their own initiative when required
  • A high level of adaptability, with the willingness to look up answers by themselves when required

The position will be for 3-5 days a week for 3 months (exact details to be agreed between the successful applicant and Marches Energy Agency).  The position is unpaid although all reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Please express your interest along with your CV to .

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

The Energy Bill received Royal Assent on 8th April, becoming the Energy Act 2010.

See DECC Website for more information 

Building Greener Communities conference

The event is in London over 27th – 28th May. The conference is about installing new low carbon technologies and energy efficiency improvements in rural and urban domestic settings, with case studies drawn from a number of difference communities and funded by the European Commission. Link