Voluntary role: Trustee

Closing date: 9am on Friday 1 October 2021 We are looking for several new trustees to join our fantastic board at this exciting time for CAfS. You will be able to help ensure that our recent rapid growth is sustainable, that we continue to punch above our weight and make the greatest difference to carbon emissions and climate change in Cumbria. Closing date for cv and covering letter: 9am on Friday 1 October. Interviews on Friday 8 October. We help Cumbrians reduce their carbon footprint and tackle climate change in ways which are environmentally, socially [...]

By |2021-09-14T11:28:57+01:00September 14th, 2021|Homepage, News, Vacancies - Jobs|

Smart Meter: FAQs

How do smart meters work? The in-home display Switching supplier, tariffs and bills About the rollout Safety and security How to get a smart meter Your energy supplier will be able to provide further information on smart meters, including the accessible in-home display. Check your gas or electricity bill for your supplier’s contact details. Need more information about smart meters? Visit: https://www.smartenergyGB.org/en Please note: Eligibility of smart meters and accessible in-home displays may vary. Consumer action is required to obtain cost savings [...]

By |2021-09-24T09:37:20+01:00September 13th, 2021|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Great Big Green Week

Great Big Green Week is a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from 18 - 26 September.    The aim is to collectively celebrate all the positive grassroots actions being taken to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.  Great Big Green Week also calls on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change, ahead of November’s crucial COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.  CAfS has been supporting environmental groups across Cumbria, who are planning a series of exciting Great Big Green Week events here in their local communities. [...]

By |2021-09-20T11:07:56+01:00August 30th, 2021|Climate politics, Homepage, News|

Shed 1 continues with CAfS’ as its charity partner for 2021

The award winning, Ulverston based, Shed 1 Gin approached us to be one of their 2020 charity partners. They are committed to pursuing a low carbon path and were keen to help support our work while doing so. Each year they run fundraising events and donate the proceeds of their Gin Jelly Marmalade to local charities, as well as a donation from every bottle and jar returned to them. However, 2020 wasn’t a year in which we could hold any events, so we were delighted when they kept us on as a partner this year as well. Our first [...]

By |2021-08-26T15:27:46+01:00August 26th, 2021|Food, Homepage, News|

New scheme boosts fruit and vegetable growing in Cumbria

Cumbrian farmers have dedicated acres of land to growing fruit and vegetables this year, thanks to support from a new initiative, Home Grown Here. The scheme will see a tasty range of fresh produce grown in the county, from peas and potatoes to apples to rhubarb. Fresh from the fields, it will all be enjoyed by Cumbrians and visitors through local retailers, cafés, restaurants, hotels, farm shops and veg box schemes. It’s the brainchild of the Eden-based growers’ co-operative VistaVeg, and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission-reduction [...]

By |2021-08-30T10:54:16+01:00August 25th, 2021|Food, Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

CAfS celebrates achievements of EV partnership

The end of this month marks the end of CAfS' involvement in the electric vehicles project that we've been working on since late 2019 and we thought that it would be a good time to mark a few of the most significant parts of the brilliant progress that has been made over the past 18 months. During our involvement with the project, over thirty installations of chargepoints have been completed, allowing locals who don't have access to off-street parking to countenance switching from a petrol/diesel car for the first time. Because of a successful collaboration with the city council, [...]

By |2021-07-30T14:17:35+01:00July 29th, 2021|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|

Huge funding boost for PLACE project

We at CAfS are delighted to announce that a project in which we are a partner has received a huge boost of funding this week. The PLACE project is being run by Cumbria Development Education Centre and they have just been awarded a grant of £248,600. The grant comes from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery Ninety nature projects across England have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 1,000 green jobs, backed by the Government’s £80 million [...]

By |2021-07-29T14:31:29+01:00July 29th, 2021|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Ambleside to Zero – the launch!

Ambleside Action for a Future (AAFAF) is gearing up for their public launch of ‘Ambleside to Zero’ on 23rd September 2021 in Ambleside Parish Centre, and we’re proud to be supporting them. AAFAF aims to get the town to zero carbon by 2030 and is working with local residents, business and multiple partners to get there. This will be an all-day drop-in session, with periodic welcome talks to explain the group’s aims and introduce the projects. There will be information-packed displays, AAFAF members and project partners there to talk to, and hopefully some fun gadgets to play with! Everyone [...]

By |2021-07-29T13:45:06+01:00July 29th, 2021|Ambleside to Zero, Homepage, News|

Research to find good businesses who do retrofit work in Cumbria

Over the last year, a growing number of householders across Cumbria have taken up our paid energy advice service and report: the “Home Retrofit Planner”. In order to help householders onward through the retrofit process, we are now collecting information on the building and retrofit industry in Cumbria.  If you’ve had work done to your home to make it more energy efficient, we would love to hear about your experiences of the suppliers and trades you used.   We will use your feedback to help us identify companies that might wish to join our network of suppliers involved in retrofit [...]

By |2021-07-29T12:27:00+01:00July 29th, 2021|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News|

Climate training available for all County Council staff and Members

CAfS are delighted to be working in partnership with Cumbria County Council to deliver climate and carbon literacy training to 550 of their staff and elected members. All elected representatives, senior managers and extended leadership team are able to book a place on either a full day, accredited climate and carbon literacy training course, a 90 minute ‘Climate Science and Solutions for Cumbria’ overview or a 30 minute climate coffee break chat. Places are also available for any interested staff across the organisation. The uptake so far has been fantastic with an inspiring number of council staff eager to [...]

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