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Cambridge City Council has published a new guide to retrofitting your home to reduce energy use, bills and carbon emissions. There are no- and low-cost measures, and DIY as well as advice on a 'deep' retrofit. It's customised for Cambridge - it features the 7 commonest house types. There are FAQ's, and a jargon-busting section, as well as a section for renters and an outline of financial support available.
The energy group agrees that the advice in this report is excellent - do read it! However, the 'typical costs' are higher than we would expect in many cases. This is partly because the guide is written with a very ambitious goal of net zero emissions in mind so thicker insulation and more stringent air tightness than is usual.
Also, don't forget that Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Open Eco Homes website features videos from homeowners about their retrofit journeys and case studies as well as expert talks on relevant topics. Find all that here. More...
Source: Cambridge City Council 06 Jan 2023
Cambridge has a problem with traffic congestion and it can only get worse as the population of the area grows. To reduce the volume of traffic the GCP has plans for better, more affordable buses and improved active travel networks, supported by a charge to enter the Cambridge Sustainable Travel Zone with a car or other motor vehicle. Whether you support this or not, please do respond to the consultation You have until 23rd December.
Transition Cambridge supported the plans at the march on December 10th organised by Cambridge Parents for the Sustainable Travel Zone. Carbon Neutral Cambridge explains the plans briefly here. Cambridge Cycling Campaign also urges you to respond; they have prepared a guide to how to respond with sensible suggestions for improvements.
No system will ever be perfect but something has to be done. These plans are the best that we have seen so far and there is plenty of time for improvement if we make our views known now.
Source: Transition Cambridge 12 Dec 2022
This is a used passenger front seat from a tricycle (for two adults, sitting side-by-side). Our Triobike is used as an eco-taxi to give care home residents therapeutic rides around our village.
This original seat box was replaced under warranty after the glue holding the sides together started to fail - resolvable with a clean-up and re-glue, but our supplier went for a full replacement! Rather than throw the original away, we hope we can encourage an eco-minded person to repurpose it.. If you can't see a use for it, mention it to your friends, perhaps?
This box (pictures here) might suit as a front box for a homebuild project, or be repurposed for something entirely different.. garden swing, anyone?! Wooden ply frame/metal subframe spanning the front axle of a trike. Hinged cubby hole under seat, and removable foot panel. Metal side rail. Seat belts available if required.
Any proceeds will go to our village charity to help keep our Triobike taxi running. Collection only, from Histon. Contact me here.
Source: Nigel Searle 21 Nov 2022
Cambridge Carbon Footprint are looking for an experienced community organiser to join the team to help to deliver Net Zero Now (NZN). The NZN project supports climate action by building capacity in local community groups to support people to reduce their carbon emissions.
NZN was successfully piloted in South Cambridgeshire in 2020/1, training up climate leaders in 12 villages in South Cambridgeshire. This role is a fantastic opportunity to extend and develop the programme and have a positive impact on the resilience and sustainability of local communities.
If you have experience in running community initiatives, have excellent communication skills, have good knowledge of climate change and local carbon reduction strategies and are able to plan and deliver projects and events please get in touch. More info on the role, and link to the application form here. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 22 Oct 2022
We have been contacted about looking after a very small growing space (mostly pots) near the Milton Road/Highworth Avenue roundabout. The area is frequented by elderly people who aren't very mobile and would enjoy seeing some thriving plants. If you are a keen gardener and live near there, please get in touch - thanks!
Source: Transition Cambridge 04 Oct 2022
The Cambridge Resilience Web is continuing to grow and develop, and we'd love to use social media to let the new students know about it so they can get involved in local environmental/ethical groups. Social media is probably the best way to reach them, so if you're quite savvy with using social media to promote things, we'd love to hear from you. We'd like to use instagram, twitter and facebook to shout about the wonders of the webs. If you haven't already seen them, take a look, they're pretty amazing! The university web is here and the city web is here - click on map view to see all the local groups as a web. If you could help with this, please email Anna here. Thanks!
Source: Cambridge Resilience Web 19 Sep 2022
The new Eco Eats Recipe Book is an essential guide to simple and delicious ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet. The booklet brings together tried and tested recipes for family meals to inspire and help you increase the proportion of vegetarian and vegan meals in your weekly menu collection. You can do this because they are tasty, easy and economical or because you want to reduce your greenhouse-gas emissions - or both! All recipes are vegetarian and some are vegan or easily made vegan. They were recommended by Cottenham residents, chefs and their families and generally use ingredients that can be easily purchased in Cottenham, in our excellent local shops including Wards greengrocer and the Co-op. Many recipes are good for using up seasonal gluts (courgettes, tomatoes) or food that needs using up (ripe bananas). If you would like a copy (cost £2.50) please email Chris from Sustainable Cottenham. More...
Source: Sustainable Cottenham 19 Sep 2022
In this time of energy shortage it is very important that we all reduce energy consumption - even if we can afford to carry on as usual. This is because wholesale gas and oil prices will keep rising until enough people reduce demand that the supply is sufficient. Reducing demand helps keep prices low for everyone. With this in mind please fill in our short survey about what you are doing to save energy at home - both gas and electricity. It may give you some ideas and you can give us your favourite tips! We will collate the responses and report via the blog. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group 04 Sep 2022
Jo Fisher is conducting research into the contribution of Voi e-scooters in Cambridge to sustainable urban transport in the city. She hopes her research will help inform future sustainable urban transport policy and evolve the current local transport plan under the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. She is conducting a questionnaire aimed at Cambridge residents asking about their travel preferences and perceptions in the city, which can be completed here: https://angliaruskin.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cambridge-resident-travel-preference-and-perceptions-quest (closes on 26 July). She would greatly appreciate if you could fill in the questionnaire with your views. Thanks!
Source: Jo Fisher 04 Jul 2022
Great news for people looking to fix their stuff from helpful experts who will do it and even better, show you how to do it! Six Repair Cafes are organised between now and the end of July in Cambridgeshire, including three new venues in Swavesey (June 25th) Whittlesford (July 30th) and the Edge Cafe in Cambridge (July 9th). Look under 'Events' tab on Cambridge Carbon Footprint website for dates, venues and how to book (see link below). More details to follow... More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 24 May 2022
There has been a surge of interest in Repair Cafes - amazingly, there are 9 Repair Cafes scheduled between now and the end of July, incluing four new ones in Willingham, Swavesey, K1 and at The Edge Cafe. There are also at least 6 more groups hoping to start up this year. In order to support the development of Repair Cafes we need to attract more volunteer repairers, run more training workshops and develop support packages for organisers. To achieve this, Cambridge Carbon Footprint hope to take on a part-time person for 1.5 days a week, for one year which will cost £10,000. CCF have been accepted for £5k match funding from the Green Match Fund, which means that all donations made during the week of 22 - 29 April will be matched from the Big Green Match Fund, up to £5k, providing £10k if £5k is donated. So we would be very grateful if you'd like to make a donation via the Big Give website before 12pm Friday 29 April. Thank you! More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge 27 Apr 2022
We're looking for some help updating our website and running our social media - if you could help with either or both of these, we'd love to hear from you! Please email Anna for more info.
Source: Transition Cambridge 27 Apr 2022
The Green New Deal Rising Leadership Programme is a fully funded 6-month training programme for 40 people aged 18-30 from 10 places around the UK. The Programme will build skills and leadership, and help to kickstart Green New Deal campaigning in your community. It's free, fully funded, and designed to fit around work and other commitments. Apply by 18 April. More...
Source: Green New Deal Rising 12 Apr 2022
Last Thursday (24th March) Cambridge Resilience Web ran their first Pecha Kucha event showcasing some of the local groups featured in the resilience web, and you can watch a recording of the event here. The event featured five groups: Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Cambridge Community Kitchen, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, Resettle Chesterton and Six Inches of Soil. It was a very varied line-up, with topics ranging from refugees to soil, community kitchens to safer cycling, and how to help children connect with their creativity and imagination. So do watch it if you'd like to find out more about any of these groups, or to know more about the Cambridge Resilience Webs.
Source: Cambridge Resilience Web 28 Mar 2022
Cambridge Carbon Footprint are looking for a Part-Time Operational Support Officer to join their growing team. The role will be varied, helping to deliver their program of carbon reduction events, keep their comms fresh, and stay on top of admin. They're looking for someone highly organised, IT savvy, and happy to muck in and help set up and pack down at events. CCF are a small friendly team, pleased to offer a flexible working environment. Applications and interviews will be taken on a rolling basis until the post is filled, so apply soon if you're interested!
Full role description and details on how to apply at cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/op-support. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 05 Mar 2022
Cambridge Sustainable Food is seeking a creative, dedicated and experienced communicator who is able to lead, deliver and develop our climate programme as we seek to be a national gold standard city. This is an exciting opportunity to join the CSF team and to make a real difference to climate change through raising awareness, running events and campaigns and in making a major contribution to Cambridge becoming a truly sustainable food city.
You will have a varied and exciting workload, working closely with colleagues, CSF's senior management, the CSF partnership board and project partners. You will lead our Climate and Food programme and join our vibrant and committed team, who are passionate about a sustainable and fair food system. We have limited resources but a 'can do attitude' and we invite you to have the same.
Working hours: 3 days per week (flexible)
Salary: £32,000 per year (pro rata)
Closing date for applications: Sunday Feb 13th, 5pm More...
Source: Cambridge Sustainable FOOD 30 Jan 2022
5asideCHESS is a Social Enterprise in Cambridge. We are working hard to reduce social isolation and loneliness within our communities and as part of our outreach work to support entrepreneurs in 2022 have launched the CrossROADS project. This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to set up their own artisan business by removing the barriers that can often prevent them doing so. We have the premises in Oakington, a team of mentors and can provide start-up costs. We do not require any shares in the business but do expect the entrepreneurs to be self-sufficient within a 6-12 month period and would hope when so they would make themselves available as mentors for the next CrossROADS intake. To find out more, contact Sally Field and have a look at the 5asidechess website here: https://5asidechess.com/what-is-5asidechess/.
Source: 5asideCHESS 19 Jan 2022
Congratulations to several members of our very own Energy Group, who put in a group entry to our Christmas Quiz/Treasure Hunt and won! The answers are here. The answers are now available - take a look to find out what the various Transition Cambridge groups got up to last year... And a big thank you to Waterland Organics who donated the prize, a lovely box of local seasonal organic vegetables. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 02 Jan 2022