New report sets out Cumbrian energy projects in race to net zero

This month, the Green Investment Plan Cumbria (known as the GIPC to their friends) launched its new green investment report. The report outlines a series of projects that are set to pump billions of pounds into the local economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by millions of tonnes every year. The projects intend to make the most of Cumbria's wealth of renewable and natural assets and take in a range of sectors and range across nature, transport, buildings and the energy sectors. They each involve various mechanisms to help with their financing. The report also identifies actions which should [...]

Job: Customer Administrator

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. We are looking for an excellent customer service professional, to provide the first point of contact for our clients. As a key member of our core team, you will handle enquiries, process client referrals using our CRM system and support the delivery and coordination of home visits. This essential role also involves providing administrative support to our team in the delivery of events across the county, internal reporting and office management. Application & Interview Process Please apply by completing the application form below. Please do not send [...]

By |2021-12-02T12:14:29+00:00December 1st, 2021|Homepage, News, Vacancies - Jobs|

Job: Home Energy Adviser 

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. We are looking for a friendly and knowledgeable adviser to help people improve their home energy efficiency, giving advice through in-home visits, by telephone and at events. You will be tasked with help guiding improvements to our service, with a keen focus on quality control and developments affecting our work. You'll have excellent communication and accurate coordination skills, supporting our pool of contractors and advisers. Application & Interview Process Please apply by completing the application form below. Please do not send a CV. Guidance for submitting your [...]

By |2021-12-02T12:13:47+00:00December 1st, 2021|Homepage, News, Vacancies - Jobs|

Contract: Environmental trainer/auditor for schools

Closing date: 10am on Tuesday 4 January 2022 We are looking for a talented trainer / auditor that will help school children undertake environmental audits of their schools. This will involve advising the children on the topics and providing training and support to help them carry-out the review/audit. Following the audits you will also provide advice and support to school children and teachers to help them implement some or all of the recommendations. Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) is seeking to appoint a small number of environmental trainers/auditors to support the delivery of our Greener Schools project. [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:01:43+00:00December 1st, 2021|Homepage, News, Vacancies - Contracts|

More public pressure required to hold governments to 1.5°

So, the UN climate summit, COP26, has wrapped up for another year. In its wake, the media and campaigners have been picking over the outcomes.   There were a few good things to come out of COP26. Acknowledgement by global leaders of the seriousness of climate change and the need for urgent action IS helpful. We saw the greater integration of the science into the text – the ‘Glasgow Pact’ included reference to the severity of impacts and risks to people. Quite a few things were agreed, such as the finalisation of details of the Paris Agreement and new language on loss and damage and fossil fuels. There was a slew of announcements with different groups of countries committing to different things such as [...]

By |2021-12-02T12:38:56+00:00December 1st, 2021|Homepage, News|

Cold to Cosy wins award

A huge congratulations to our Cold to Cosy Homes team who came home with something for the trophy cabinet from the North West Energy Efficiency Awards. They won for their efforts in vulnerable customer support and the whole team is thrilled that their hard work has been recognised in this way. Andrew, Gareth, Tina, Rick, Kim, Jenny, Laura, Laura, Vibeke and Jo have all earned the award through their tireless work in supporting disadvantaged Cumbrians to navigate the complex subject of energy efficiency, managing their usage and bills and making sure homes remain warm over harsh winters. Thanks to [...]

By |2021-11-29T15:41:11+00:00November 29th, 2021|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Add CAfS to your Christmas list

With Christmas around the corner it’s likely that some of us will be buying a few gifts for loved ones, which may be bought through online platforms. If you are buying this way, you can help us fight climate change in Cumbria by donating to CAfS while you do so. Gifting your time or talents to another is obviously the most eco conscious option, however if you are searching for a specific item second-hand then lots of local charities have online shops on ebay and you can set CAfS as your favourite charity to donate to when using PayPal [...]

By |2021-11-29T14:05:50+00:00November 29th, 2021|Homepage, News|

Community Climate Grants to move towards a Zero Carbon Cumbria 

A new Community Climate Grant fund of £100,000, backed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, has been launched by Cumbria Action for Sustainability this month to help local community groups fight climate change.     Groups can now apply for grants ranging from £200 to £10,000, for projects and events to raise awareness of the urgent need to stop climate change and to reduce carbon emissions from energy use, land use, waste and transport.    The grants are part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission reduction programme to make Cumbria carbon neutral by 2037.       CAfS chief executive, Karen Mitchell, said: “The aim of the climate grants is to help communities to reduce carbon emissions. Thanks to [...]

By |2021-11-25T10:32:43+00:00November 25th, 2021|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Seeds of Resilience

On Sunday 7th November members of climate action groups from across Cumbria came together with local residents for a day of discussion and celebration at the National Trust’s Footprint building in Windemere. The event, entitled ‘Seeds of Resilience’, was organised by CAfS and the National Trust as part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership to mark COP26 Nature Day and to reinforce the message that everyone can take positive action locally to contribute towards global efforts to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Said Cumbria Sustainability Network Coordinator Helen Attewell, ‘The event brought together members of [...]

By |2021-11-08T15:10:56+00:00November 8th, 2021|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Young people capitalise on COP26 to raise climate concerns

Young people in Cumbria have seized on the momentum generated by the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow to present their environmental concerns to leading figures within the county. They will present the outcomes from a recent successful Cumbria Youth Climate Summit to Councillor Celia Tibble (Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Environment) and Karen Mitchell (co-chair of Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and CEO of Cumbria Action for Sustainability). The meeting, which will take place at Cumbria County Council’s Kendal offices, coincides with Youth and Public Empowerment Day at COP26, the United Nations summit that has brought together heads of [...]

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