A fascinating week lies ahead. As spring gets underway there's the chance on Wednesday to get involved with Growing Spaces plans for changing little corners of Cambridge's public spaces towards producing fruit and veg for all. Also on Wednesday at the Energy Group Meeting, you can learn all about Passivhaus design for energy super-efficient homes, and how it is possible to retrofit existing buildings towards these design standards. Thursday sees a talk with Ann Mitchell as part of EAT Cambridge Food Festival, about where our food comes from and what difference it makes. And last but most definitely not least, don't miss this Saturday's much- awaited Repair Cafe - find out the latest on that below....
As part of the Eat Cambridge Festival, 11 eateries (from restaurants and cafes to a pop-up and a street food van) have been inspired to each offer a special sustainable dish for the duration (9-24 May). You will find vegan dishes, sustainable fish and, for meat-eaters, game and normally neglected cuts of meat from respected local sources. The cost of the dishes will be in line with the restaurant's normal price-range and you'll need to book in the normal way for each restaurant. This Sustainable Restaurant Showcase has been organised by Cambridge Sustainable Food. We are very keen for as many people as possible to ask for the sustainable dishes, as we hope this will be a local restaurant trend that will grow and grow. You can see details of the participating restaurants on CSF's website, join the event on Facebook and use the #EatCSF hashtag on twitter to share and show your support. More details here.
Would you like to see more fruit and vegetables growing in Cambridge's public spaces? Join the Growing Spaces project as we plan the planting of new spaces. Look at the map in advance, to see if any space interests you in particular. All welcome - gardening knowledge welcome but not required. Contact us for details of the address of this meeting and any planting sessions and if you're interested in the project in general. More details here.
20:00-21:30, Judith's house
Margaret will introduce a discussion on Passivhaus design for homes - and what it means for retrofit as well as new build. Passivhaus homes have massively lower heating requirements than conventional homes, due to careful design and high construction standards. We will also catch up on the latest news. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. All welcome. More details here.
19:30, Box Cafe, 47 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD
A talk and discussion about where our food comes from, and how the choices we make can help to develop a fairer and more sustainable food system, as well as contribute to our own health and well-being. Come and find out about food that is good for us and good for the planet! With Ann Mitchell, longstanding member of Transition Cambridge Food Group and Cambridge Sustainable Food. This event is part of the EAT Cambridge festival; it's free though donations are welcome! Please book via email.
14:00-17:00, St Andrew's Hall, St Andrew's Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge are delighted to announce their next Repair Cafe. The idea is to match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixed… and all for FREE! You can also learn how to fix things yourself. We welcome small household appliances, electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clean clothes, books, jewellery and general bits’n’bobs. There’ll also be a cafe with cakes and biscuits. It’s best to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what’s coming and any small spares needed. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. A booking form will be available soon but for now please save the date! Repair Cafes aim to reduce waste, help us to avoid keeping buying things news, and hence cut our carbon emissions. This is a free event but donations will be gratefully received. And we are also looking for volunteers to help out on the day e.g. with the cafe (and donations of cakes and biscuits are also gratefully received!). To volunteer or book in your item, please contact Kate. More details here. Thanks!
19:00-21:00, Anna's house off Coleridge Road
At the hub's monthly meeting, representatives of the groups and projects report on what they've been up to. We also make plans together to coordinate future events. Meetings are open, so all are welcome to attend. Attending hub meetings is a good way to see how Transition Cambridge works, and to get a sense of the range of projects that we are involved with. Contact Anna for details of the address.
18:30-20:00, CB2 cafe, Norfolk Street
This is the Food Group's monthly business meeting. We'll cover updates on projects, future plans, and anything else of interest. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.
19:30-21:30, at Makespace
Sustainability Hacking group is a fairly new Transition group. A "hack" is a clever - or efficient - solution to a tricky problem. This months' meeting will include an informal presentation on experiments in aquaculture/hydroponics. Going by last months' discussion, our conversation on "hacking the food chain" may also mention fish, microbes, mushrooms, bees, building materials, and whether we can rig up water pumps or heat transport without using electronics. We will be meeting at Makespace to exchange information and ideas. If you'd like to join the group's mailing-list or are interested in the group in general, contact Toni to say hi. More details here.
Cambridge-based start-up ‘myLocalfoodshop’ is taking the region’s local food online in a bid to make shopping for local food as easy as ordering from the supermarket. Launching this May, myLocalfoodshop plans to sell an extensive range of food from local farmers and food makers all from one online food shop, akin to Ocado or Tesco.com. Local fruit and vegetables, bakery, meats and store-cupboard essentials will all be available on the site. They aim to pilot in one central Cambridge postcode - visit their website to find out more. More details here.
10:00-19:00, venues in and around Cambridge
Back for another year, the EAT Cambridge festival offers an opportunity to discover and support local growers and producers. Look out for talks on sustainable food, food waste and food poverty as well as the Cambridge Sustainable Food restaurant showcase. Here is a full programme of events.
09:30-09:30, Changing Spaces Gallery, Norfolk Street, next to CB2 cafe
Thomas Eastland and Jill Eastland will be hosting a live art event, painting plastic waste directly onto the walls and ceiling of the Changing Spaces gallery, on Norfolk Street, next to CB2, from May 11th to May 24th 2015. The event aims to highlight the dangers of plastic in the environment and to create the feeling of walking through an ocean of plastic. For more information see their web-page and facebook event site.
18:00-19:30, The Polar Museum, Cambridge CB2 1ER
What do we mean by 'green'? The environment is a vast series of subjects. The museums of Cambridge hide a history of how we have understood the environment and the problems it now faces, deep in their archives and in the objects in plain sight. As part of Museums at Night, join us for a discussion to find out the secret environmental stories hidden in our museums. With the Polar Museum & the Whipple Museum. Other speakers to be announced. Book here.
19:30-21:30, Girton Baptist Church, High St, Girton CB3 0QQ
Is solar pv still a worthwhile investment? - How to choose a good installer - How to maximise your savings once you've got your panels. With speakers, Andy Rankin from Midsummer Energy and Nicola Terry from Transition Cambridge Energy Group. More details here.
16:30-17:30, Sainsbury Laboratory, Botanic Garden, Bateman Street
Given powerful arguments to conserve biodiversity but also increase food production, should we farm intensively on some land sparing the rest for wildlife, or should we farm less intensively on a larger land area with agriculture and wildlife sharing the same land? Brief introductory remarks from the panellists will be followed by a chaired discussion with the audience and a drinks reception. The panel members are: Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of Leaf, UK; Professor Jane Hill, Department of Biology, University of York; Professor Charles Godfray, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford; Professor Ottoline Leyser of the Sainsbury Laboratory will chair the discussion. This event is free but ticketed: get tickets via eventbrite here This discussion is in association with the Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s Festival of Plants. More details here.
14:00-15:00, Sainsbury Laboratory, Botanic Garden, Bateman Street
Professor Andrew Balmford (Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge) will give a talk exploring various approaches to sustainable agriculture. Part of the Botanic Garden's Festival of Plants. Entrance is free - tickets via eventbrite here.
10:30-16:45, Cycle from The Backs to Gamlingay - BikeBus back to Cambridge
Cambridge Carbon Footprint would like to invite you for an inspirational day out. We’ll be cycling from the City for a couple of hours to Gamlingay’s Eco Hub where we’ll be treated to a talk and tour of one of the country’s greenest community buildings. Lunch will be provided and then we’ll head back on the brilliant BikeBus. The BikeBus is a wonderful way to increase your access to the countryside without using a car – you’ll save 5kg of carbon by cycling instead of driving to Gamlingay. For more info about an innovative means of transport that’s on our doorstep please see South Cambs Bike Bus website. Booking is essential as the tour and lunch are capped at 20 – please reserve a place to avoid disappointment. The event is free (bus fare not included) though donations always gratefully received. You can find more details and booking here. Please call Nicole with any queries 01223 301842. Sorry, the minimum age for this event is 18yrs.
10:30-12:00, Foster Road allotments trading hut CB2 9JR
Swap spare seedlings, plants and surplus seeds. Expand the range of plants you grow and meet other local gardeners. Come along even if you don't have anything to swap, just make a small donation if you take stuff. No admission charge. Everyone welcome! Directions here. We will have another plant swap on 7th June. More details here.
17:45-19:00, Anglia Ruskin University, LAB 109, First Floor
What prospects are there of meeting the 80% greenhouse gas reduction target by 2050? What savings could we achieve by doing 'deep retrofits' to as many homes as possible? Would we need to build new low carbon energy generation plant as well to meet the target, and what impact would this have on the countryside? Jason Palmer and Nicola Terry will present this new research for CPRE, based on interviews with households that have already improved their homes, and detailed modelling. Drinks from 5.30pm. Please email Anna at CAR to register by 19th May.
19:00-21:30, St Paul’s, Hills Rd, Cambridge, CB2 1JP
It’s a long way ahead but do save the date! We’re very excited that Tristram Stuart, the charismatic global food waste champion, founder of Feed Back (which includes Feeding the 5000, The Pig Idea and The Gleaning Network) is coming to Cambridge to talk about the global food waste scandal and what can be done about it. He’s a great speaker (see his TED talk) and if you haven’t read his book `’Food Waste: the global food scandal”, we’d recommend it. To accompany Tristram’s talk there will be short presentations from local food waste organisations: Food Cycle; the City Council Food Waste Team and more. Cambridge Sustainable Food will also be launching the local Love Food Hate Waste campaign that evening. There will be delicious nibbles made from food that would otherwise be wasted, provided by Food Cycle team. This is a free event. No booking required. Not to be missed! More details here.
19:00-21:30, Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge
This panel discussion will ask: will an increased demand in energy and our limited resources lead to a critical point in the future of our energy? Is there indeed decline in supply, or is it a question of an increase in global demand? Can we predict the future of energy and bring it to those who need it? The discussion will highlight the issues of innovation, use of traditional and renewable energy sources, and smart technology. More info about the speakers and event here. Organised by CambridgeAWiSE - Connecting and Inspiring Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
Enjoy your week,
Hannah and the bulletin writing team