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Informetis Home Appliance Trial 2.0 - Invitation

Peter Bates of Informetis would like to invite you to take part in the Informetis UK Home Appliance Trial. He is managing this trial for Informetis - who are based in Cambridge.

The trial will lead to creating an "itemised view" of the electricity bill that shows how much electricity each of the main electrical appliances uses in the home (e.g. Fridge, Washing Machine and Microwave).

This will lead onto creating cost effective technology solutions that help home consumers reduce their electricity bills and thus globally contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

Find out more and sign up here. Those taking part in the trial will be offered a gift voucher as a thank you for taking part. More...
18 May 2017

Job opportunity: Programme Manager at the Cambridge Student Hub

Student Hubs is recruiting for a Programme Manager based in our Cambridge office. The successful candidate will be diligent and highly organised, with at least one year of experience following graduation. Our Programme Manager will be responsible for leading three of Cambridge Hub's flagship programmes, and supporting our student-led vision for other aspects of our work.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and will close them once we find the perfect candidate. See our application page for more details.
17 May 2017

General Election hustings - who, when and where

Time for hustings again! It's a good opportunity to see the candidates for the general election, hear what they have to say, and ask questions. If you'd like to go along, you usually need to book a ticket (and it's usually free). Here's a list of hustings organised by different groups in Cambridge. If you're in the South Cambs or South-East Cambs constituency, some hustings events are listed here.
16 May 2017

Waterland Organics CSA scheme

Cropshare's partner farm, Waterland Organics is looking for more members for its CSA scheme. By joining you get a range of delicious local and organic veg delivered for free over a 17 or 34 week period, and help to safeguard farming in our community for years to come. Deadline for joining this years scheme is June 1st. To find out more, visit Waterland Organics CSA page.
15 May 2017

Walnut/Hazel saplings wanted

Do you have any walnut or hazel saplings going spare? We need some for a forest garden project - by 20th May. If you can help, please contact Sheila
05 May 2017

Do you live in an eco home?

Open Eco Homes is a two day event organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. This year its happening on October 8th and 14th. Organiser Allan Shepherd is currently looking for homes to include in the event so if you live in an eco home and would like to take part please contact him to find out more. It's a great way to meet and help other people interested in low energy homes and a very effective way of cutting home carbon emissions. More...
From: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 01 May 2017

New home-owner needed - is this you?

Delightful, fruit-filled, organic, permaculture-designed wildlife garden - attached to a 3-bed 1960s village semi, approx. four miles SE of Cambridge - sorely needs an appreciative new owner as current (16-year) custodian, a long-term transitioner, is relocating to Bristol to join family members. If this might be you, please check out this link
09 Apr 2017

PhD Assistance Interviews - Sustainabilty

If you were to think about your everyday actions would you consider them to be sustainable? What would motivate you into more sustainable activities?

I am currently undertaking a PhD looking into sustainability and the role that local groups and its members like Transition Cambridge play in regenerating our neighbourhoods and cities from a bottom up approach.

I am looking for volunteers who would not mind undertaking a short interview, to assist me in understanding what motivates Transition Cambridge members in undertaking sustainable actions.

What does sustainability means to you?

What would influence / improve your everyday actions and activities, facilitating sustainability?

How does Transition Cambridge facilitate learning through communities of practice?

Please contact me if you would like to help.
06 Apr 2017

Cambridge Sustainable Food needs YOU!

With Spring having started, we have lots of great volunteering opportunities coming up in the next few months and we'd love you to get involved.

Find out more about how you can support our projects and campaigns here
From: Cambridge Sustainable Food 04 Apr 2017

Your questions for our future mayor

This year's elections are especially interesting because we have to select the first mayor of the Cambridgeshire/Peterborough devolved administration. What do we want them to do? This mayor will have considerably more power than our current councils have including budgets for infrastructure, housing and transport. (See Smarter Transport's briefing here.)

We will have the opportunity to challenge the candidates at a number of hustings prior to the election starting with the one at ARU on 31st March organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Anglia Ruskin University. Do you have suggestions for questions we should ask? Please let us know if you do. Important topics could include transport, land use, biodiversity, skills - what do you think?
20 Mar 2017

Fancy running a cafe?

As part of the new Clay Farm Centre development, Cambridge City Council is inviting tenders for a Cafe Concession. This will be in a new community centre with a library and a medical centre. The cafe has a fitted kitchen and servery with seating for approximately 31 in the seating area. There is also a patio area outside. There is a planning restriction forbidding cooking except for reheating or warming food (e.g. in a microwave).

Visits to the centre on 22nd March; tender deadline 25th April; questions by 4th April. More...
From: Cambridge City Council 11 Mar 2017

Bin days are changing - are YOU ready?

Sweeping changes to bin collections across Cambridge will take effect from Monday 27 February. You may have a change to your collection day or time, or to the sequence in which your black or blue and green bins are put out.
From: Cambridge City Council 17 Feb 2017

Fix Your Own Bike Workshops

Are you keen to fix your own bike but short on space or need a few specialist tools? Perhaps you'd just like some advice while you build up your own bike?

A fully equipped training workshop, courtesy of Outspoken Cycles, is now open for you - currently Monday afternoon/evenings and soon also monthly Saturdays! We offer three levels of annual membership, Bronze (£20), Silver (£40) and Gold (£75), with decreasing hourly fees of £8/h, £6/h and £4/h. Members get access to a stand, tools, grease, lube, a library of bike manuals and expert advice from one of our qualified mechanics and of course plenty of coffee. Membership also gives you 10% discount on all workshop supplies, tools and repairs. Click here for more info --> More...
From: Outspoken Cycles 06 Feb 2017

Girton Repair Cafe success

There are some great photos in the Cambridge News writeup of the Repair Cafe in Girton. There are lots more planned for 2017 - if you have something that needs fixing don't throw it away! Maybe one of our experts could help make it useful again.
From: Ms 16 Jan 2017

Job Opportunity at GSI Anglia Ruskin University

We have an opportunity for an Education for Sustainability co-ordinator. Full time until end 2017. You need to apply by 15th December. More...
05 Dec 2016


BOATS ARE HOMES! Campaign update

Since last posting here, we at Camboaters and the NBTA (National Bargee Travellers) have been involved in an ongoing campaign to protect our boat dwellers against the council proposed evictions and price hikes.

Many of these boats are practising radically sustainable lifestyles with compost loos, solar power and carbon water filtration systems, and many are also involved with social and environmental community work here in Cambridge.

We have been receiving very warm support from across the community from many people who are conccerned about the increasing sanitisation of our urban areas. It would be an enormous help to our cause if you could find the time to fill out the councils consultation form here which has guidance notes attached. More...
04 Dec 2016

Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub reaches its first milestone!

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged to support the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub. Fantastic news: we have already reached our first £10,000 milestone! There's still a long way to go, of course... to find out more about the project and make your pledge please follow the link. More...
From: Ellie Crane, Food Hub Task Force 02 Dec 2016

Short-term role: SHAPE-ENERGY research assistant

An exciting opportunity to undertake a short-term research assistant position as part of a major European project in social science and humanities research around energy. See here for more details on the SHAPE-ENERGY project.

This full-time position for two-three months (also available on part-time hours over a longer period), will be based at the Global Sustainability Institute. The position has been designed so that its timing and duration is flexible, thereby allowing a PhD researcher to do it alongside their writing-up. The researcher would need to have experience of energy-SSH research. The application deadline is Wed 30 Nov, with interviews taking place on Tue 13 Dec (in Cambridge).

For further information, please contact Dr Rosie Robison and Dr Chris Foulds. More...
From: Global Sustainability Institute 11 Nov 2016

Environmental Period Subscriptions Discount Offer

Monthlies is a subscription service for environmentally-friendly tampons and pads which is based in Cambridge. We're very young and we'd love you to try us out. The products are made from organic cotton and are 100% biodegradable so they're better for the planet and for your health.

We're offering a 50% discount on the first box for Transition Cambridge members and supporters, if you use the code "cam-50". Have a look on the website to learn more!
From: Monthlies 11 Nov 2016

Cambridge Research: Heat loss through party walls

Cambridge Architectural Research is examining heat loss through cavity party walls for the Government, which can account for up to 10% of a home's heat loss. (The party wall is the wall between your home and your neighbour's in terrace or semi-detached homes.) We need to measure 25 party walls this winter. If you live in a home built from 1945 to 2010 and you are interested in taking part, please . More information is also available here, and there is a cash incentive of £100. More...
From: Cambridge Architectural Research 10 Nov 2016

Employment opportunity - General Mgr for Signal Box

The Signal Box is a local charity which opened in Autumn 2015. It is a multi-purpose space designed to meet the needs of youngsters of all ages. It consists of two multi- purpose meeting rooms, kitchen and toilet facilities. It is a flourishing, vibrant space which hosts many different activities and functions in the heart of the South Newtown community.

The Signal Box Trustees are seeking to appoint a General Manager to oversee all aspects of the effective functioning of the Signal Box Community Centre and the work of the Signal Box Charity.

Salary: £19,500 pro rata Hours: 10 hrs per week Location: At home & The Signal Box

Please send an email to ask for an application pack. Closing date Nov 25th.
06 Nov 2016

Be part of the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub

Imagine one amazing building where you could buy delicious local produce, meet friends at a sustainable café, hire meeting space, or sign up for a course to learn new cooking skills. Cambridge Sustainable Food has a vision to make this 'Sustainable Food Hub' a reality and now need the support of the community to raise the necessary funds. Please back and share our crowd funding campaign, and help us to spread the word by following Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub on Facebook and @Cam_Food_Hub on Twitter. More...
From: Ellie Crane, Food Hub Task Force 06 Nov 2016

SHAPE-ENERGY Project Manager role (£32,004 - £37,075 p.a.)

Full-time position for two years, based at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK). Experience of large (European) and/or energy-related projects is preferable. Deadline: 13 Oct 2016. SHAPE-ENERGY (Social sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European ENERGY) is a €2m EU Horizon 2020 project which will be the European platform for energy-related social sciences and humanities, led out of the GSI. Contact Rosie Robison or Chris Foulds for more details. More...
From: Rosie Robison 15 Sep 2016

Grow your own fruit and veg - allotment plots available now

Romsey Town and District Gardening Society has some plot vacancies on their large allotment site at Stourbridge Grove, just off Coldhams Lane, CB1. So if you enjoy gardening and would like to grow your own vegetables, fruit and flowers; keep fit in beautiful surroundings; meet and share gardening ideas with other gardeners please get in touch by email, or call 07543398177. More info from the website here
29 Aug 2016


Would you eat a burger made from lab grown meat? How about an insect kebab?

Following on from a series of focus group sessions held at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, a survey has been designed that wants to ask you these sorts of questions.

To complete this short survey please follow this link

Your participation is very much appreciated! If you have any questions about this study, please email Victoria Circus More...
From: Anglia Ruskin University 15 Aug 2016

Volunteer at autumn event stalls for Cambridge Sustainable Food

Cambridge Sustainable Food will be attending some community days and larger food festivals around the city in September and October, spreading the word about how people can create healthy meals in a sustainable way.

We'd like you to help run a lively interactive stalls aiming to encourage people to buy, cook and eat food that is good for us and good for the planet, with questionnaires, quizzes, and recipes to give out. There's a role for everyone whether you like having a good natter with locals or lending a hand setting up or taking down the stall equipment.

To find out when the events are, and sign up to volunteer, please contact Laura or go to our web page. More...
From: Cambridge Sustainable Food 21 Jul 2016

Pumpkin Plants

I've been given a tray of pumpkin plants and I cannot use them all. I need good homes for about 18 - need not all go to the same person. Based near March Cambridgeshire - so need collecting or might be able to drop off to someone outside Cambridge. Contact me by email
From: Liz Wright 23 Jun 2016

Are you interested in discussing the future of our food?

Do you fancy taking part in some food-related discussions in the lovely city of Cambridge over the next couple of weeks?

Your participation is very much appreciated! If you have any questions please feel free to email me. More...
From: Anglia Ruskin University 22 Jun 2016

Should Cambridge City Council opt for a Renewable Energy Tariff?

In October 2015 Cambridge City Council made a commitment to a fossil free future by pledging to end investment in fossil fuels and carbon-heavy buildings. This was done with cross-party support and formed part of a global movement for divestment from harmful fossil fuels. In just 5 months the City Council's contracts for gas and electricity, valued at around £1.26m, are up for renewal. The Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, George Owers (Lab) has an opportunity to choose a 100% renewable tariff which would be powerful indication that the City Council will honour their 2015 pledge, but it may cost more than a non-renewable tariff. What do you think they should do? Green choices are not always black and white decisions... You can sign a petition asking Cambridge City Council to support the renewable tariff here.
06 Jun 2016

Waterland CSA

Hello , we are relaunching our vegetable box scheme as a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme. This is a great chance to connect directly with your local organic farmer! In the first instance we are offering people the chance to subscribe to our veg box scheme which will run from beginning of July to the end of February , with a chance of an extension into March/April/May. All the produce will be grown organically on our farm which is around 3 miles from the centre of Cambridge and we are planning for deliveries to the centre of Cambridge to be by bike. You need to sign up by the end of June. Places are limited. More...
From: Waterland CSA 30 May 2016

Volunteers needed now! Cambridge Sustainable Food

One of the main ways we communicate the message of sustainable food to the public in the year is through stalls at community events where people can find out what sustainable food means, try some samples and ask us questions. These events are great fun but we do need helpers and we have several of these coming up in June that we are in desperate need of help for.

There events are:

-Thursday, 2nd June 9am - 2 pm. Whitehill Road Community Day.
-Saturday, 11th June 11am - 5pm. Arbury Carnival
-Sunday, 12th June 12am-4 pm. Abbery Big Lunch
-Saturday, 18th June 1pm - 5pm. Chesterton Festival.
-Thursday 30th June 9am - 2 pm. Eskin Road Community Day.

The Whitehill Road Community Day is a chance to talk to local residents. As it's on a Thursday many of you may be busy that day but if you could spare some time, we really need people as it is happening next week! More...
26 May 2016

Degrowth/Transition Town Open Source Documentary

My Name is Christian from Spain and I'm doing a test tour for my 2 month documantary bike tour about alternative life styles (transition towns, degrowth, simplify life, hacker/maker spaces, ...). Will be picking up a used bike in Banbury and will be in Cambridge on the 25th and maybe also the 26th and I'm looking for People to interview and a place to sleep. Have also a tent ... so a place to put my tent would also be enough. Any help would be really appreciated! Contact: Christian Cramer

Nicola adds: Has anyone heard of this chap before?
21 May 2016

Vegbox project. Recycling and growing healthy food

A new and exiting project is starting at Whitehill Allotment. We up-cycle pallets and scrap wood into raised beds for growing healthy vegetables. Vegboxes are given to local residents in need to raise awareness about recycling and sustainable food.

We are looking for volunteers to help us make the vegboxes and for resident that could benefit from a vegbox.

Make, Do and Mend team members welcome you on Mondays and Wednesdays 1pm-3.30pm at the allotment to create vegboxes and help maintain vegetables.

Contact: Sebastien (Make do and mend) More...
From: Make, Do And Mend 11 May 2016

Job Vacancy - Sustrans Walk Leaders

Sustrans requires a team of Walk Leaders in Cambridgeshire to regularly lead each of our walks and provide support, reassurance and motivation to those attending the walks. The intention is for Cambridgeshire Walk Leaders to own certain walks – so that you can get to know the participants and also to be directly involved in trying to increase participation numbers. More information here Deadline: Wednesday 18th May More...
10 May 2016

Fancy a job at Midsummer Energy?

Midsummer Energy, one of Cambridge's leading solar energy companies, are looking for a friendly and efficient office administrator to join their sales team. If you're passionate about renewable energy and would like an opportunity to join a growing company, get in touch! Details here
04 May 2016

Two opportunities at the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

We are currently advertising a statistical/modelling research assistant post (deadline 11 May, 2 yr contract) and a fully funded PhD exploring sustainability policy in the East of England (deadline 31 May). For full details see here for the RA post or contact Aled Jones for a fuller description of the PhD.
01 May 2016

Allotment Share

I have a beautiful growing space. Would you like to share it? It is by the river in Cambridge. It has raised beds and vegetable areas, a fire area and some horses next to it, providing manure!I try to garden in a permaculture ish and completely organic way. I can't look after it on my own and I hope someone who perhaps doesn't have their own garden would like to share it! Please email me if you are interested.

I also use the space to store and revive donated plants for Growing Spaces. You might like to help, chuck em a bit of water!?
From: Helen 28 Apr 2016

Volunteers needed for Cambridge Sustainable Food Events

Cambridge Sustainable Food will be attending many events around the city over the summer, spreading the word about how people can create healthy meals in a sustainable way. We need your help to run a lively interactive stall and talk to visitors about sustainable food options.

The first event we need people for is on the 14th of May at Thorpe Way. A list of other dates we need people for, as well as contact details to sign up can be found here:
28 Apr 2016

Solid wall insulation grants still available

If you have solid walls and you would like insulation - the Cambridgeshire Green Deal Communities funding has been extended until the end of June 2016 (work must be completed in July). You can get a grant of up to £4000 or 25% of the cost. More...
From: Nicola 27 Apr 2016

Volunteer gardener needed at Denny Abbey

Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum, at Chittering, near Waterbeach, have a small 'allotment' which is an integral part of the museum. The regular gardener is moving away, and the museum are looking for a volunteer (or volunteers) to keep this allotment maintained and productive. It has several soft fruit bushes and a small greenhouse, and is dug and ready to plant! If anyone is interested in helping, please contact Ann for further information.
07 Apr 2016

Volunteers needed!- Could you spare a couple of hours on the 7th of May?

Cambridge Sustainable food are calling for volunteers to help at this years stall at the EAT Festival main event at the Corn Exchange on the 7th May. The event focuses on locally produced foods of all kinds and promises to be great fun once again.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and run the stall for anything from 2 hours to all day if you wish. We need help from 10-5 on the day and it is a great chance for you to chat to the other stall holders too.

If you would like to be involved in this great event, please email or use our contact page on the Cambridge Sustainable Food website More...
From: Year 07 Apr 2016

Research Fellowship at the Global Sustainability Institute

The Global Sustainability Institute (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) are delighted to announce that we are looking to recruit a new permanent research fellow who will bring a strong portfolio of research to complement the existing work of our collaborative and interdisciplinary institute. For full details follow this link. Closing date 5 May.
04 Apr 2016

Toads at Toad Crossing need your help!

Can you spare an hour or so to help toads navigate their way to safety? A toad force covering Stanley Road,Garlic Row & Oyster Row is open to anyone interested in helping toads safely across increasingly busy roads to reach (and sometimes return from) their breeding grounds which they do every year. Movement starts as soon as the weather warms up to 9/10 degrees, early evening, and only lasts for about eight weeks. We are part way through the season and would love some more help! Bring a good torch, and a plastic bucket if you have one, just turn up and help for as long as you want. Toads travel more frequently in wet weather. For more information contact Paul or visit the facebook group Saving Toads in Cambridge Cambs More...
29 Mar 2016

Global Sustainability Institute, ARU, Cambridge - PhD opportunities (self- / employer-funded)

The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is actively seeking individuals interested in undertaking full- or part-time PhD research within our active, interdisciplinary, Cambridge-based group. The GSI has four research themes (Climate Action & Cultural Systems, Consumption & Change, Education for Sustainability, Global Risk & Resilience). See example PhD topics by following the four links on the page below. Our related ProfDoc in Science and Technology involves PhD level research within your existing work environment. Our PhDs and ProfDocs are currently offered on a self-funding basis. For more information contact us as soon as possible, ideally including a CV and paragraph about your interests. Informal enquiries welcome. Apply by Tuesday 31 May 2016 to ensure consideration for our September 2016 places. More...
04 Mar 2016

Paid support workers needed at family cookery workshops

Cambridge Sustainable Food is looking for 2 part-time paid support workers for their professional chef-led family cookery workshops, Thyme to Cook.

Tuesdays, 3pm-6.30pm, Arbury Community Centre, 8.25 per hour - help coordinate the volunteers on the day, in particular engaging the younger children in various activities, while the parents cook. (You will not be responsible for recruiting volunteers and the children will always be in the same room as their parent, who will remain responsible for them.)

Various days (currently Mondays and Wednesdays) 8.25 per hour - support the younger children while the parents cook. The workshops may be in a series or one-off and are often held after school for 2 hours, and sometimes on Saturdays. There are currently workshop series running 4pm to 6pm in Browns Field, East Chesterton (Mondays until Easter) and Barnwell (Wednesdays until April 6th) and more will be arranged soon.

If you're interested in either job, please contact Bev Sedley at CSF. More...
From: Cambridge Sustainable Food 25 Feb 2016

Volunteers needed for Family Cookery Clubs!

Cambridge Sustainable Food are starting two NEW cookery clubs for families in Abbey Ward and East Chesterton and needs regular volunteers to help. The clubs will run at Brown's Field Youth and Community Centre (Green End Road) on Mondays, Barnwell Baptist Church (Howard Road) on Wednesdays. Our existing Arbury club will continue to runs every Tuesday afternoon at Arbury Community Centre (Campkin Road). Families come to cook together, then share the food they have prepared. Volunteers are needed from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. to help set up, work with the families, play games with children, share the food and help clear up. If you can help at any of the clubs every week, some weeks or only occasionally, please email Ann, or join our volunteer Facebook group We would love to hear from you! More...
From: Cambridge Sustainable Food 16 Feb 2016

Family Cookery Club needs volunteers!

Cambridge Sustainable Food is running a cookery club for families in Arbury and Kings Hedges and needs regular volunteers to help. The club runs every Tuesday afternoon at Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road; families come to cook together, then share the food they have prepared. Volunteers are needed from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. to help set up, work with the families, play games with children, share the food and help clear up. If you can help every week, some weeks or only occasionally, please contact Ann. We would love to hear from you!
14 Jan 2016

Global Sustainability Institute seeks Institute Manager

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an Institute Manager to join the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge campus. The GSI is active voice for sustainability regionally, nationally and internationally. We are looking for someone to work within our multi-disciplinary research team as a point of contact for external and internal stakeholders of the Institute, provide office management and manage internal team meetings in support of major projects and the Institute in general. Application deadline is 31 Jan. More...
From: Rosie Robison 10 Jan 2016

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