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'Net Zero Now' - new project from Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Net Zero Now is a new project supporting members of the community to deliver carbon reduction activities, events and communications that engage people of all backgrounds. Approximately 60% of the changes needed to reach net zero by 2050 will require changes to the way we live our lives. Individually, and collectively we'll need to reduce energy use, and make changes to the way we travel, what we eat, how much we buy and how we dispose of things. Net Zero Now aims to fast track behaviour and attitude change by doing three key things:
- Providing training in effective communication and engagement strategies
- Developing practical organisational skills
- Creating tools and resources to support carbon reduction activities.

Net Zero Now is set to start late 2020. You can sign up via the CCF website here. Check back soon for new resources, events and support for your community.
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 24 Nov 2020

'The power of asking good 'What If' questions' - catch up

To inspire you for the Transition: Bounce Forward project's What Is - What If - What Next visioning exercise, you are invited to join Rob Hopkins and guests to explore what it is that makes a really good What If question. Rob says 'The ability to ask really good what if questions is a key skill for the 21st century'. The guests are Phil Frodsham of Transition New Mills, who ran a great community 'What If' exercise with his community just before lockdown. Megan O'Malley who, inspired by 'What If' developed an amazing programme of work with students in the primary school she teaches at in Melbourne, Australia. Ruth Ben Tovim, formerly of Encounters Arts, and amazing community arts practitioner, who will share what makes a good what if question. For background to the Transition Bounce Forward and more info,click here. You can catch up on the session via youtube here. More...
Source: Transition Network 22 Nov 2020

Inspiration and Opportunities for Transition Cambridge

At our AGM, we spent some time thinking about what inspires us about Transition Cambridge, and what future opportunities we see for TC, specially in the context of covid. Here's what we came up with - it makes an interesting read! If you feel inspired to take any of the ideas forward, please get in touch and we'll do our best to support. Thanks to Meg and Nicola for noting these ideas during the meeting! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 11 Nov 2020

Transition Cambridge AGM - new Chair and Treasurer

At our AGM on 29th October, we elected a new chair, Anna McIvor and a new treasurer, Sam Maddrell. Nicola Terry agreed to continue in the role of secretary. We offered a huge vote of thanks to our out-going chair, Jacky Sutton-Adam and out-going treasurer, Judith Rattenbury; their hard work and enthusiasm have enabled Transition Cambridge to thrive and grow over the last few years. Huge thanks also go to Nicola Terry, who has been keeping most of the Transition Cambridge administration going over the last few years, as well as running the energy group. You can read more about what we discussed in the minutes of the AGM. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 10 Nov 2020

Fundraising for a meeting space at Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden is a centre of food production, community participation, and education in organic gardening and sustainability in Cambridge - see our blog here. We are now raising money to build a hut out of recycled materials and buy a bell tent. These will be used for meetings, educational activities, larger events, talks, films etc. and just cups of tea. This will give us a versatile meeting place right in the middle of Cambridge and the large bell tent which can be used within the garden or elsewhere so even more people can be inspired to live well with a light footprint.

Please help us raise money towards this! You can donate through our JustGiving crowd-funder page, or if you are member of the Coop you can select us as your chosen cause (more info on how to do this here). You can also send a donation directly through to our bank account - details here. Very many thanks. More...
Source: Empty Common Community Garden 10 Nov 2020

Cambridge Climate Therapists

Cambridge Climate Therapists offer resources for anyone experiencing climate distress or anxiety. They also offer communications workshops, and have done workshops with local groups such as Transition Cambridge and XR. They now have a new website where you can read more about what they do, and maybe get some help for your group if you are working locally. Their website is
Source: Ro Randall, Cambridge Climate Therapists 09 Nov 2020

Can you help shape the Cambridge Climate Change Strategy?

To help everyone enjoy a cleaner greener Cambridge, the City Council is holding a consultation on their strategy about climate change 2021 to 2025. You can watch a video introduction here. It's open from now till 20 December, you can fill in an online survey, and there are themed workshops online from 4 to 26 November. Links and more info here.
Source: Cambridge City Council 27 Oct 2020

Daily Bread beds rebuilt and looking great!

A very big thank you to all the volunteers who took apart the old beds, moved all the earth, and built the new ones, which are looking beautiful! Here are some pictures of the new beds with the lovely metal animal and plant sculptures re-attached, and with a few plants already in. We'll probably have one more workday in a couple of weeks, to put in some posts to stop cars bumping into the beds, to level the earth around the beds, and lay down some bark chippings (more details in next newsletter). There is a lovely story behind the beds, including how local schoolchildren designed the animal and plant images, which were then made by local artist Jayne Ruffell Ward - if anyone feels inspired to write this up as a blog post or a news story for a local paper, please get in touch!
Source: Our Earth 26 Oct 2020

Roof and cavity wall insulation hotspot maps for Cambridge and surrounding areas

Carbon Neutral Cambridge have done an analysis of local hotspots where there are poor roof or wall insulation, as a tool to help people check if they might be able to get grants to improve the insulation in their home, and save on their energy bills. You can read about it in the Carbon Neutral Cambridge blog here. There are grants available: first check the map to see if you're in a hotspot, then check your own roof/walls and/or help your neighbours do the same, and then apply for a green homes grant and get your home upgraded if the insulation is sub-standard. Your can find the full "Hot Numbers" report here, and here are the maps showing roof and cavity wall insulation by postcode.
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge 26 Oct 2020

Have your say on Logan's Meadow

Cambridge City Council and the newly formed Friends of Logan's Meadow are embarking on an exciting project to more than double the size of the LNR to contribute to the Natural Cambridgeshire Doubling Nature Vision. It is hoped that the proposed habitat creation in the City will provide residents with an insight into Fenland biodiversity and encourage them to further explore the Fenland landscape and wildlife on our doorstep. Please tell them how you use the space and how you would like to see it shaped and maintained in the future. The current plans are representative only and more detailed proposals would be shaped by this consultation and shared through further engagement before approval and implementation. The consultation closes 20th November. More...
Source: Friends of Logan's Meadow/Cambridge City Council 17 Oct 2020

Cambridge Community Resilience and Regeneration Map

As part of her permaculture training, Meg Clarke has created this wonderful web of Cambridge groups involved in building local resilience, showing some of the connections between them. It is well worth a look! It shows how Transition Cambridge is embedded in a web of connections with other groups, all helping Cambridge move towards a more sustainable future. If you could help us create an online version of this, please get in touch. Thanks!
Source: Transition Cambridge 12 Oct 2020

Transition Bounce Forward - online talks from the Transition Network

The organisers say 'While the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability and inequality experienced by many people in our communities, it has also demonstrated the potential for major and swift changes to reframe the purposes of our economy and our society. In true Transition form our vision is not to 'bounce back' to how things were before. Transition groups have been crafting a vision of a better future for over a decade, that speaks to the needs for community resilience and a society with a focus on caring. So instead of bouncing back, we invite you to join with us to bounce forward.' The first three events - on the theme of 'What Is' - featured speakers from Transition initiatives around the country and are available online here. More info here.
Source: Transition Network 12 Oct 2020

Grow an Extra Row to Support the Cambridge Community

Cambridge Sustainable Food are looking for surplus fruit and veg donations towards an emergency food programme, which is helping those struggling to access food during COVID-19.

In partnership with Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance, they have set up 8 local Community Food Hubs across Cambridge and a community lunch and shopping service to help those in need.

CSF welcome all donations of fresh fruit, veg and herbs to help keep these services running. They have already had some delicious donations and some streets have set up community growing schemes to grow and donate fruit and veg to their nearest Community Food Hub.

If you can grow a row extra to share with the Cambridge community, get your street involved in growing together or if you find you have a glut on your hands that you would like to donate, please contact Louise

You don't have to be an experienced grower to help out. Even if you have surplus tomatoes from your first time growing, please get in touch! More...
Source: Cambridge Sustainable Food 27 Jun 2020

'The Secret of Change' film - available online

In 2015, filmmakers Zoe Moyden and Chris Bettles set off on a journey to visit Transition groups in the UK, Canada and the US to document them for a film. They were welcomed by groups in towns, cities, villages and deserts, who hosted them, and shared their stories, their projects, their hopes and fears, their learnings.

The final product is a series of 7 short videos entitled 'The Secret of Change'. It offers the viewer many things. It tells the stories of Transition groups whose stories we don't hear enough of. What emerges from all the stories here is how vital human connection is. As we emerge blinking back into the world from many weeks of Covid lockdown, the stories these videos tell are deeply important and powerful. How do we build back better, in a way that puts climate change, social justice, biodiversity and fairness back at the heart, and how do we start this ourselves?

There's a full description and review by Rob Hopkins here. More info about the film and link to viewing here.
Source: Transition Network 07 Jun 2020

'Spaces to Breathe' campaign

Camcycle believes that people in the Cambridge region need spaces to breathe to allow them to stay safe, happy and healthy. During the coronavirus pandemic they would like to help people stay active while protecting themselves and others, by identifying areas where it's hard to keep at least 2m away from people when walking or cycling and proposing temporary measures to reallocate space away from motor traffic while the roads are quieter. This would help widen existing walking and cycling routes and provide alternatives to those that are busy or narrow.

Inspired by the temporary measures being installed by cities around the world from Bogotá to Berlin and Budapest to Brighton, they would like to encourage decision-makers in and around Cambridge to work with their communities on ideas to provide more space for those walking, cycling or using mobility aids. You can sign their campaign letter, and suggest where improvements to safe spaces to walk and cycle. Just follow the link below. More...
Source: Camcycle - 16 May 2020

Homes needed for 3000 oak saplings

Cambridge and Ely XR have 3000 oak saplings to plant this winter. We need places to plant them, people to look after them and donations! Though we have met our target of £2000 already this is part of a nationwide Extinction Rebellion Rewilding campaign which is at 75% of its goal.

You can contact the local campaign directly here More...
Source: XR Ely 08 May 2020

Climate Cabaret

The Cambridge Literary Festival became the Cambridge Listening Festival, and there are various talks you can listen to on-line, including one on "Climate Cabaret" looking at how artists, writers, and activists are responding to the climate emergency in an increasingly uncertain world.
Source: Cambridge Listening Festival 22 Apr 2020

Online Open Eco Homes - what would you like to see?

For the last 11 years, Open Eco Homes has organised visits and tours of local homes together with talks and workshops which explore particular topics in more detail. 2020 looks a bit different... They had to cancel this September's open days due to Covid-19, so they're making plans for Open Eco Homes online events and information in the autumn. They're exploring: webinars, virtual home 'tours' with Q&A, and resources like blogs, videos, information, how-tos, etc. If you'd like to help shape this year's online offering, do fill in the form with your interests here.
Source: Open Eco Homes/Cambridge Carbon Footprint 17 Apr 2020

Covid-19 announcement from Cropshare

For the moment we will not run volunteer sessions on the farm, but will hope to organise some sessions later in the year, where we can make sure volunteers can work at a safe distance outside, and have in place precautionary measures to ensure those of you that choose to come out and help grow food are as safe as possible. Thanks so much to those who have offered help recently. We will be in touch as soon as possible when we schedule the next farm volunteer day on this email list.

Meanwhile, crops are being planted and growing on as usual! Take care and hope that you have the opportunity to farm from home, either in your garden or windowbox. Please feel free to share with us any pics of your farming from home on Facebook or Twitter! More...
Source: Cropshare 01 Apr 2020

Empty Common Community Garden Video

The ECCG group have put together a lovely film of how the community garden evolved from the bare earth to the paradise it is now. Its fun and quite uplifting to watch - and it will get your fingers itching to get stuck in again when we can. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 29 Mar 2020

Coronavirus policy statement from Transition Cambridge

We don't wish to impose cancellation or postponement of Transition Cambridge events, however it is highly likely that many of our events will be cancelled or postponed. The organisers of our project groups are best placed to decide with their groups whether to postpone their meeting or event. Some Transition groups may implement specific precautionary measures at their gatherings which will be explained at their events. Any cancellations of Transition Cambridge activities will appear on our events pages as soon as we hear. We would like to remind everyone to take sensible precautions to protect themselves and those around them... (continued here).
Source: Transition Cambridge 17 Mar 2020

Paid summer internship with Camcycle

Once again, Camcycle is offering a paid summer internship. They say "This is a great opportunity for someone to bring their own knowledge, energy and commitment to their work for our charity, while developing skills and experience that will prepare them for future career opportunities." It's for 8 weeks, starting in July. The deadline for applications is April 5th - job description and application form are here.
Source: Camcycle 16 Mar 2020

Job at CCF: Net Zero Now Co-ordinator

Cambridge Carbon Footprint (CCF) is looking for an experienced community organiser to help deliver an exciting new project - Net Zero Now (NZN). The NZN project is designed to facilitate action on climate change by building capacity in community groups around South Cambridgeshire to deliver carbon reduction activities, events and communications that engage people of all backgrounds. The project will focus on helping community groups to achieve behaviour and attitude changes by doing three key things: providing training in effective communication and engagement strategies, developing practical organisational skills, and creating tools, resources to support carbon reduction activities.

This is a part time role: 2.5 days/week.

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 28th February More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 19 Feb 2020

The first fully EV Car Club vehicle in Cambridge

Members of Transition Cambridge have been advocating for the development of a zero emission Car Club for Cambridge and the surrounding villages.

The car club contract is jointly managed by the City & County Councils. In September of last year it was relaunched with Enterprise offering a hybrid vehicle in many of the 30+ locations across the City. The first fully electric vehicle has been placed at Arbury Court car park and is making use of the AC connection from one of the pre-existing taxi chargers at the site.

Further details on how to join & location of vehicles can be found here
Source: Transition Cambridge Clean Wheels 31 Jan 2020

Stewards needed for Youth Strike for Climate on 14 February

Are you free on the morning of 14 February? Stewards (over 18's) are needed to help out at the Youth Strike for Climate. The route of their march is usually from Shire Hall (starting around 9.30) into town, ending at King's Parade (time tbc, usually around midday). The march route and the end time will be confirmed when we know and you'll get a briefing document. There will be brief training at the start before the march sets off. If you're able to help out, contact Dave More...
Source: Youth Strike for Climate 23 Jan 2020

The County Council's Climate Change and Environment Strategy Consultation

Last week we held a discussion to consider Transitioners' responses to the Cambridgeshire County Council's consultation on its climate and environment strategy. With a number of climate and carbon mitigation experts and specialists from our community present, we think we have some strong responses to offer the Council. We are now compiling a checklist of comments made at the meeting which will be available to share with like-minded individuals and groups in the next few days. Our document is intended as an aid to others who hold Transition Cambridge's values of community resilience and low carbon living, and who would like to respond to the consultation, which closes on 31 January 2020. You don't have to complete the online consultation for your response to be considered, you can email the Council about particular points that you want to comment on. If you'd like a copy of our finished Transition checklist of points, please email Jacky More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 20 Jan 2020

Radio show feat. Rob Hopkins

Nick Skelton and the talented people at The 7th Generation radio show on Cambridge 105 have put together a show on the theme of 'What If...' - imagining ourselves into the future we want to create. It features an interview with Rob Hopkins about the power of the imagination and 'What If' spaces. There are examples from successful community groups and municipalities too. As it's New Year, there are also resolutions - what's yours? It's on mixcloud so you can catch up any time. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge/Cambridge 105 radio 13 Jan 2020

Exhibition: 'Walking on Thin Ice: Co-operation in the face of a changing climate'

Experience the vision of twelve teenagers selected from around the UK to work directly with polar researchers. 'Walking on Thin Ice: Co-operation in the face of a changing climate' is a co-curated exhibition about climate change as they see it. The exhibition is at the Polar Museum, Lensfield Road. Drop in for free, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. More...
Source: Scott Polar Research Institute 10 Jan 2020

Job with Cambridge Carbon Footprint

CCF are seeking a new coordinator for their successful Open Eco Homes project, now entering its 11th year. They say: "In Open Eco Homes (OEH) householders show visitors how they save home energy by their home's design, retro-fitted improvements and smart behaviour. This is the 11th year that CCF will run these 2 autumn weekend open days, along with training events to help people turn their inspiration into real home energy improvements. OEH has a great record and reputation of informing and inspiring thousands of visitors to make their own home-energy improvements and reaching a wider public, normalising and raising demand for affordable, low-carbon homes. The OEH Coordinator is the key staff member responsible for delivering Open Eco Homes, supported by volunteers, including the OEH Manager, and other staff in the CCF Office. You would be a fixed-term employee of CCF: 2.5 days/week, from about 24 Feb to 18 Oct 2020 on £22,328 pa, pro rata + benefits." There's more info on their website, including a fuller job description, and how to apply. The deadline is 9am on 13 January. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 10 Jan 2020

Petition for cycle path improvement

The bicycle path between Shelford and South Cambridge, known as the DNA path or the Genome path, is narrow, dark, and dangerous. A man was almost killed in a head-on collision with an unlit cyclist a few months ago. People are afraid to use the path after dark, and it is a major commuter route (over a thousand people per day). I have started a petition with the County Council to get the path made wider and provided with overhead lighting. Please sign it. More...
Source: Mark Troll 01 Dec 2019

Job with Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is hiring a Cambridge Climate Change Charter coordinator. They are looking for 'an energetic and organised individual to help us develop the Cambridge Climate Change Charter and pledge programme. This is an exciting project which will engage individuals, organisations and businesses throughout Cambridge in envisioning a net zero future and how we might work together to achieve it'. More details and an application pack here. The deadline is 11 December, interviews on 16th and 17th December.
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 29 Nov 2019

Big Compost Experiment

A new nationwide citizen science research experiment in compostable and biodegradable plastics has been launched by UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub. The aim is to determine the viability of biodegradable and compostable plastics, using a survey for everyone, even if you don't currently compost. Home composters can sign up to join a UK-wide experiment to discover if biodegradeable plastics really do break down in a home compost system. Visit the excellent Big Compost Experiment website for all you need to know about the project and how to join in.
Source: Big Compost Experiment 21 Nov 2019

Car Insurance and Energy Comparison Zeroes your Carbon Footprint.

Compare To Zero, a startup with big ambitions to tackle climate change, and supported by Cambridge Social Ventures at the University of Cambridge, has recently launched a new car insurance and energy comparison website that allows its customers to drive their cars and power their homes with a net zero carbon footprint.

Like Compare the Market and GoCompare, they help find great deals on insurance and energy. When a customer buys, they guarantee to offset the carbon produced by the average annual use of either the car insured or energy switched.

Their grand plan however is to use the majority of funds to invest in technologies and innovation that remedies the problem long term. Through excellent innovation centres, such as Cambridge, they see the UK as the best place to make this happen. More...
Source: Compare To Zero CIC 13 Nov 2019

Cycle September - the global bike challenge has begun!

Cycle September is a fun, free competition aimed at increasing the number of journeys made by bike. There are loads of prizes that you can win by riding and encouraging friends and colleagues to do the same. You can take part as an individual, workplace or group. Cycle September is based on a proven model that has engaged over 400,000 participants with significant long-term increases in cycling participation. For it to be a success in Cambridge we need regular cyclists to spread the word and help enlist their workplaces and encourage others! More...
Source: Emma - Love to Ride 03 Sep 2019

Planning for Net Zero

Carbon Neutral Cambridge recently ran an expert symposium in partnership with the local Councils and Planning Service, to inform the new Local Plan and explore how we could accelerate the local transition to Net Zero. The report is now available at the link below.

The top 3 findings of the report are that:

1. Local Plans are legally required to be "in line" with the Climate Act, though most aren't.

2. To have a hope of achieving this, the forthcoming Greater Cambridge Local Plan should set a Net Zero Carbon standard for all new homes, following the example of London and Reading

3. The average new home uses 40% more energy than required by Building Regulations. This is unfair.

We have a really important opportunity to shape the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan, which is currently at the initial "issues and options" stage, with a public consultation this Autumn. Do register with council now to make sure you hear about the consultation when it opens (link here). More...
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge 20 Aug 2019

Recipe Booklet: Transition Cafe - How to Make Your Own... Practical, Homemade Tips for a More Sustainable Lifestyle

The Transition Cafe on 24th July was a lively event where eight people shared practical, homemade tips for a more sustainable lifestyle. The presented cleaning, cosmetics, food/drinks recipes were: laundry detergent, scouring cream, kitchen sink cleaner, shower head cleaner, olive oil mask for hair, gram flour face mask, deodorant, kombucha, fruit vinegar and oat milk. If you have missed the event, you can download the booklet with all recipes from the Transition Cafe website here More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 06 Aug 2019

Open Eco Homes - booking open

Open Eco Homes celebrates its 10th year in 2019! They offer bookable tours of low-carbon homes, eco-renovations and newbuilds - the dates for 2019 are Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th September. Some homes are v popular and book up quite quickly... Their 10th anniversary event is on 10th September is also booking up quickly (see separate listing). OEH also organises talks and workshops, open to all, on the theme of saving energy at home - dates in September tbc. The website has lots of resources and you can join the mailing list. More...
Source: Open Eco Homes 16 Jul 2019

Allotment plots available in Romsey

Do you fancy growing your own veg and fruit on an allotment? There are plots available at the Stourbridge site, off Coldham's Lane - ideal if you live on that side of town. Location map here. Contact the secretary by email More...
Source: Romsey Town and District Gardening Society 12 Jul 2019

Building materials needed for community building project

Got any scaffolding boards lying around? Or construction timber? Empty Common Community Garden are creating a community building, and are seeking building materials to re-use or recycle. Contact Nick on 07815 126227. More...
Source: Empty Common Community Garden 24 Jun 2019

Waterland Organics Community Supported Agriculture Scheme

Our CSA members gort their first vegshare last week . Those in the city centre had their lovely organic vegetables delivered by bike . To become a member and ensure your share of our farm's harvest , go to our website and sign up now! If you are not sure and don't want to commit for a whole season , try our four deliveries option and see how you like it. More...
Source: Farmer Paul and farmer Doreen, Waterland Organics, People Powered, Nature Driven . 14 Jun 2019

New Eco Radio Show on Cambridge Community Radio

Our planet is facing an environmental emergency. A new Cambridge105 radio show, The 7th Generation, looks at how the people of Cambridgeshire are stepping up to the challenge. The programme airs once a month with local environmental news and events happening in and around Cambridge, in-depth interviews, eco arts and reviews, and what the City and South Cambridgeshire has to say. The first show is on tonight, Monday, between 6pm and 7pm. More...
Source: Pivotal Arts 10 Jun 2019

Local Election climate questionaire

Carbon Neutral Cambridge have just published the fascinating results of their climate questionnaire, sent to all candidates standing in Cambridge's Local Election. You can see their responses at the link below yo help you decide how to vote, or to hold your elected councillor to account after the election. More...
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge 30 Apr 2019

Local elections on May 2

Local elections in all Cambridge City wards are coming up on May 2. If you're wondering who to vote for, you may want to find out what the candidates have to say on climate change. Carbon Neutral Cambridge have sent a questionnaire to all the candidates who are standing - you can find out their answers here. And if you cycle or walk, read what candidates have to say on Camcycle's website here.
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge and Camcycle 30 Apr 2019

New community farm coming to Cambridge

Cofarm believes a community farm for Cambridge could help boost people's health and well-being; tackle food poverty; support the local economy; strengthen communities and enhance Cambridge's biodiversity. That's why they're developing one next to Coldhams Common, off Barnwell Road. But it will only deliver these benefits for Cambridge communities if people get involved with shaping and creating their farm. More...
Source: Cofarm Cambridge 01 Apr 2019

Zero waste shopping has arrived in Cambridge!

Have you heard about Cambridge's first 100% zero waste shop? A start-up enterprise, Full Circle, is offering a range of household cleaning and personal hygiene products at Cambridge Market from Thursdays to Mondays as well as at many pop-up community events in and around Cambridge and the villages.

Full Circle offers a range of carefully sourced cleaning products for homes and bodies that have impeccable planet friendly credentials, and their future plans include more products, a bigger market stall and an electric vehicle pop-up shop. The business is right in line with the spirit and ethos of the Transition Towns movement.

Full Circle founders, Emma, Johanna and Paul are seeking help from the Transition community. You are warmly invited to contribute to their crowd funder. It runs until Wednesday 17th April, and includes rewards for funders such as discounts and gifts. Even if you can't donate, please visit the page for other ways that you can help the project.

Thanks for reading! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 01 Apr 2019

Living in Cambridge Survey:

What's important to you about living in Cambridge? What's your experience of what's fair (or not) in the City? Take the Cambridge Commons' quick survey (5 mins) to tell us your view and make sure to share it with your friends!

All responses are anonymous and are to be used by The Cambridge Commons to help us campaign and raise awareness of inequality in our City.
Source: The Cambridge Commons 17 Mar 2019

Streamlining the events pages

We are planning some changes to the events pages on this site - rather than five separate pages there will be only two: one for upcoming events and recent news, plus one for older news. This will mean that you don't have to look at lots of pages to see what is happening.

As a first stage in this change, if you submit an item you will find that the Name or organisation field is no longer optional - you must fill it in. This is important to avoid misunderstandings - we don't want to seem to be taking credit for other people's efforts.
Source: Transition Cambridge 16 Jan 2019

Recycling point for 'hard-to-recycle' items

The zero waste store, Full Circle, has just started to accept a wide range of items for recycling that are not currently accepted by the council. The items include crisp packets, biscuit wrappers and dental care items.

Full Circle have a stall on the market every Monday (opposite the electronics stall) where they can accept items for recycling. More...
Source: Full Circle 16 Jan 2019

Petition to Cambridge City Council: Declare a Climate Emergency

Extinction Rebellion Cambridge are petitioning Cambridge City Council to declare a climate emergency and therfore rapidly reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions as well as working with institutions in Cambridge to make the whole city zero carbon by 2025. If 500 people, who live, work or study in Cambridge sign the petition, the Council has to debate the motion. The deadline is 3/Feb/2019.

Other councils have already passed a similar motion, such as Bristol, London, Brighton, Totnes and South Cambs. You need to register on the council website to sign the petition; but it does explain what to do if you follow the link. See also the Climate Petition Signup in this week's news section... More...
07 Jan 2019

Sponsored Veganuary

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Going vegan is probably one of the most effective things we can all do to reduce our climate impact. To try this out, Tom Bragg and Anne Miller are going Vegan for January in aid of Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Do sponsor us (or do join us in raising your own sponsorship). Follow our progress and recipes on twitter at #vegan4ccf More...
05 Jan 2019

Model railway track - TT3 (12mm) gauge - free

the track

Stored for many years in a garage, so with plenty of dust and some cobwebs - but where those have been cleaned, it doesn't look bad. The track, which I think is Wrenn Formoway, looks as if it could be salvageable. The foam 'ballast' underlay is definitely no good, and I haven't checked in detail the base (hardboard), frame (timber), or point levers and solenoids. In two sections each 4ft * 6ft, the more densely-populated of which is surprisingly heavy. All free to anyone who can save any of it from landfill, but the new owner must arrange transport. More photos available on request.

Please contact me if you are interested.
Source: Ken Warner 04 Jan 2019

Thermionic valves (audio) - free

Free and delivered free in the Cambridge area as a job lot: I prefer not to subdivide. Put away a long time ago and I have no way of proving whether or not they still work. Total 22, as follows: DK96; ECC83 * 7 (+1 suspect); EF93/6BA6; EL34 (German) * 2; EL34/6CA7 (Mullard) * 2; GZ34; PCL86; 6EA8; 7199 * 2; 8JV8; 12X4 * 2

Please contact me if you are interested.
Source: Ken Warner 13 Nov 2018

Blue Tap reusable bottles now available in University cafes!

Blue Tap is a Cambridge start-up that is aiming to tackle two of the biggest issues facing humanity: access to clean water and plastic waste.

Blue Tap's core technology is a chlorine injector that allows communities in emerging markets to take sustainable control over their access to water. The team carry out capacity building on proper technology management with local stakeholders and communities. To fund their water enterprise, they sell reusable water bottles and thermoses, which have recently gone on sale in Cambridge University cafes. More...
Source: Blue Tap 04 Nov 2018

Can you help us with sewing repairs at the Sustainable Fashion Festival?

We're looking for more volunteers to help us with simple sewing repairs at the Circular Cambridge Sustainable Fashion Festival on Sat 17 November at St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.

We'll be helping people with their mending from 1.30 - 4.30pm.

Hand sewing and machine sewing both welcome. We're expecting all sorts of small repairs: hems, buttons, zips, tears etc. Just an hour or so's help would be really useful - thanks! More...
Source: Cambridge Repair Café 29 Oct 2018

Volunteer Opportunities: Transition Cafe Coordinators

Imagine a lovely venue with lively conversation, talks, films and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city! A couple of new venue opportunities have appeared to make a monthly Transition Cafe possible... Could you join a coordinators' team to help organise cafe nights and bring a much needed sense of place to Transition Cambridge? Skills needed: Organising abilities, good networking and promotional skills. Time commitment: 1-4 hours per month plus cafe times tba. Contact:Liz for more information, or come along to the Volunteers Fair this Saturday 20th!
Source: Transition Cambridge 15 Oct 2018

Plastic project box (or audio oscillator)

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White plastic project box, 82mm high, 205 wide, 140 deep overall. Top & bottom halves, slots for front and back panels and two internal dividers. Presently occupied by an audio oscillator that wasn't a great success, but the instructions (Wireless World 1977) have survived and the major problem is understood. Free and delivered free in the Cambridge area. Contact Ken
Source: Ken Warner 11 Oct 2018

Three wooden project boxes (or kit-built hifi)

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Three smart, matching, wooden boxes. One piece sleeve top/bottom/sides: 73mm high (inc. feet), 390 wide, 171 deep overall. 48h, 372w, 160d internal. Intended to accept a slide-in folded tray and flat front and back panels. One is presently occupied by a stereo amplifier which was said to run hot, one is occupied by an FM tuner which looks a bit unfinished, one is unused. The kits were from Integrex, the designs perhaps from Wireless World in the '70s? Free and delivered free in the Cambridge area. Contact Ken
Source: Ken Warner 11 Oct 2018

240v to 117v (sic) 300vA transformer - free

The transformer was previously used for American HiFi, and is presumably suitable for other imported consumer goods.

140mm high, 110mm wide, 135mm deep, about 8kg.

Four apparently-similar windings, configured two primaries in series, two secondaries in parallel. Just the transformer: NOT in a safe enclosure.

Photos available on request. Delivered free in the Cambridge area. Please email Ken if you are interested.
Source: Ken Warner 03 Oct 2018

What do our local government representatives think about climate change?

Time to vote!

Newly formed organisation, Carbon Neutral Cambridge has published a poll on candidates in the recent Petersfield by-election. The poll gathered the candidates' views on climate change and its effect on our city and region, which you can read here. Kelley Green (Labour) won, so the composition of councillors on the city council is 26 Labour, 13 Lib Dem, 2 Independent and 1 Green.

Carbon Neutral Cambridge's aim is to help the Cambridge region transition to being greener, cleaner, healthier and carbon neutral by the 2030s. They are keen for people to join in. Visit this link to sign up to their mailing list to be kept informed and help with campaigns. More...
Source: Anne Miller Carbon Neutral Cambridge 17 Sep 2018

Camcycle Cycling Survey

Do you travel in and around Cambridge - by cycle or otherwise? We want to hear from you. Please complete this survey about cycling in Cambridge. More...
Source: Camcycle 01 Sep 2018

Volunteer Opportunity: Bulletin Writers

Our fortnightly e-bulletin has been published continuously since 2010 and is much appreciated as one of the best round-ups of sustainability-related activities in and around Cambridge. We are seeking one or two volunteers to help edit and publish the fortnightly bulletin and upload it onto the website. The editor writes a short introduction, makes a few web links, then publishes to our list, the Transition website, and finally posts links on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Some clever web wizardry collates all the listings for you. Commitment level: approx 1 hour per bulletin, on a rota with 3 others, over a time frame to suit you. Skills: basic knowledge of Wiki mark-up language and social media (Twitter and Facebook) Full training offered, please contact the Bulletin Writers' Team to find out more.
Source: Transition Cambridge 26 Jul 2018

Allotment plots available in Romsey

If you'd like to grow your own fruit, veg, herbs and flowers, there are currently plots available at Stourbridge Grove, off Coldhams Lane. Taking on an allotment plot can be a satisfying and fun learning experience, and it needn't be expensive. A map of the location is here and you can check the website here. To find out more, contact the membership secretary .
Source: Romsey Town and District Allotment Society 09 Jul 2018

Call out for gardening volunteers

Are you interested in learning how to garden using permaculture principles and helping others do the same?

Headway Cambridgeshire are offering a limited number of spaces on their next Growing Together gardening course for volunteers who want to learn alongside people who have experienced a brain injury.

It doesn't matter how much gardening experience you have - as long as you come with an open mind.

The course is free and will take place at a community garden in Cambridge and one in Peterborough from Thursday 13 September 2018 until mid-March 2019, after which there will be 3 months of practical application of the ideas we have explored on the course. You only need to volunteer at one of these locations for two hours a week on a Thursday.

Contact Simon Lacey on 01223 576550 or by email for more information. More...
04 Jul 2018

Low-carbon holidays...

If you're planning your holidays, here's a quick reminder about the wonderful "The Man in Seat61" website that has helpful advice about how to get just about anywhere without flying. And if you like being in the great outdoors, WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a great way to learn about food growing by helping out on a farm in exchange for food and accommodation (UK website here).
26 Jun 2018

Cambridge Car Free Day Petition

Cambridge can be a beautiful place to live in and enjoy. But the menace of air pollution is unseen. Studies show that almost 40,000 people die prematurely a year from air pollution in this country. Cambridge Commons has started a petition for a Car Free Day on Saturday 22 September 2018. It will be a day of community celebrations and street parties, when people gather outdoors and breathe fresh air. it could be a catalyst for a better urban future for all. Please sign and share the petition! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 19 Jun 2018

5-month paid internship at Cambridge Sustainable Food

Cambridge Sustainable Food are are currently looking for a paid intern for 5 months between July and November 2018. For more details about the opportunity and how to apply, click here.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th June at 5pm! More...
Source: Cambridge Sustainable Food 31 May 2018

Empty Common on Cambridge 105

Cambridge 105 featured the Empty Common Community Garden on their Flavour program recently: - hear the birdsong, imagine the burgeoning exploding cucumbers (!) and listen to Charlotte et al explain how the garden grows on this podcost of the program. ( Transition Cambridge and ECCG start 17:30 minutes in.) More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 13 May 2018

Petition for a car free day in Cambridge

Traffic pollution is estimated to cause 40,000 premature deaths every year in UK. Cambridge Commons have started a petition for a car free day in Cambridge,as a way of alerting people to these danger. It will be a day of community celebrations and street parties. It will be a day when people gather outdoors and breathe fresh air. It will be a day to demonstrate a shared vision of a healthier, cleaner and greener future. We propose 22nd September, the same day as in London (see Facebook @carfreedayLDN).

"We the undersigned ask the Mayor, Mr James Palmer, the Combined Authority and local authorities, to declare a Car Free zone in Cambridge on Saturday 22 September 2018 as a sign of their resolve to eradicate poisonous fumes from our urban areas"

Please show your support by signing it. More...
Source: Cambridge Commons 26 Apr 2018

Missed the Cleanwheels launch? See the slides.

Thanks to everyone who came to the Cleanwheels survey launch on 9th April and contributed to the thoughtful discussions. In case you missed it, you can download some of the slides here: James' on how you can convert a lamppost to a charging point, and Alistair's on the benefits of car clubs generally.

Also, if you haven't already done so, please do fill in the survey.. It will only take a minute.
Source: Transition Cambridge 22 Apr 2018

Do you live in an eco home?

Do you live in an eco-home? We are currently looking for homes and hosts to take part in Open Eco Homes 2018. We are specifically looking for homes that have been renovated to a high standard of energy efficiency and environmental consciousness but would love to hear from owners of new builds too. Open Eco Homes 2018 will take place on September 30th and October 6th. Visit our website by April 6th for more information and to let us know if you would like to take part. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 16 Mar 2018

Proposed waste incinerator for Waterbeach

Resource use and energy are key Transition issues, and here's something on our metaphorical doorstep.

Amey Cespa are proposing to build an 'energy from waste' facility at their Waterbeach site. You can read more on their website here. Such waste incinerators have a number of controversial aspects including health, emissions, environment, traffic (truck movements to bring in waste and remove residues). A local group (Cambridge without incineration) has formed to raise concerns. See their website here.

Nicola Terry has blogged her personal view here.
16 Mar 2018

Cambridge Carbon Footprint seek a new Treasurer

We're looking for a new Treasurer - an essential role in our work engaging and supporting people in choosing low carbon living. You would:

  • oversee our finances and advise trustees
  • help prepare budgets and accounts
  • help update our systems, with support from staff and trustees

You'd also be a Trustee, helping plan and steer CCF's work. We're jointly responsible for ensuring the charity is well-run - from producing a clear vision to good management of people and finances.

You'll already have had relevant experience and responsibility, maybe in a business, charity or other organisation. If this suits you (or someone you know), welcome! More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 10 Mar 2018

Please fill in our Car Club survey

Car clubs are a way to provide sustainable transport options, taking cars off the street and making electric or hybrid cars affordable. So please take a few minutes to fill in our survey - we need your views on what sort of car clubs we want in Cambridge, where, and how much difference they can make. The city and county councils are currently preparing new contracts for use of car club bays in the city and surrounding areas so this is a critical time - your views can make a difference. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 26 Feb 2018

Funded PhD - 'Future cities: governing low-carbon energy transitions'

This fully funded PhD at the Global Sustainability Institute in Cambridge will explore the critical conditions for enabling local low-carbon energy transitions, particularly through networks of city local authorities (LAs) across Europe. It is in partnership with Energy Cities - the European Association of LAs in Energy Transition - which is a network organisation with a membership of 1,000+ LAs over 30+ countries. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Chris and Rosie to discuss further. The annual stipend (paid quarterly) will track RCUK levels across the three years, which is set to be £14,777/year (tax free) for 2018-2019. Only EU/UK nationals are eligible to apply. Deadline for all paperwork is 5th March. More...
Source: Rosie Robison 12 Feb 2018

Camcycle: Communications and Community Officer

Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign) are looking for a Communications and Community Officer. Are you passionate about cycling as a means of sustainable transport and skilled in social media, digital and print communications, event management and volunteer coordination? Then this might just be the perfect career opportunity for you. Salary £24 - £27 K. Flexible hours. Applications close 23 Feb. More...
Source: Camcycle 01 Feb 2018

New fact page on Windows

See out new fact page for advice about double and triple glazing, condensation, vents, managing solar gain and even recycling potential for windows. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 05 Jan 2018

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