A Greener Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day may traditionally be the day we show love and appreciation for our partners, but how we choose to do that can have an enormous impact on our planet.   Did you know that out of season cut flowers have one of the largest carbon footprints per pound spent at the till? Red roses definitely aren’t a seasonal bloom in February in Cumbria and as a result many of the roses in the shops this week will have been imported from as far away as Kenya and Latin America, picking up the hefty carbon price tag of 2.4kg carbon per [...]

By |2024-02-13T14:59:39+00:00February 12th, 2024|Homepage, News|

Vermiculture Cumbria! Worms and the field to fork journey.

With funded support from the Zero Carbon Cumbria Low Carbon Food Programme CAfS have teamed up with partners to tackle food waste in Cumbria using the unbridled power of the worm! We are working with Anna de la Vega, who set up The Urban Worm CIC, Anna is a vermiculture expert with years of international experience delivering training and consultancy on vermiculture food waste solutions to tackle this huge global issue. Windrow Growing Well Low Sizergh Dec 23 To date we  have installed two systems at Growing Well at their Low Sizergh site, a windrow demonstration site and [...]

By |2024-02-02T08:57:54+00:00February 2nd, 2024|Homepage, News, Uncategorised|

Looking for a climate-conscious challenge? Join us for the Keswick to Barrow Walk!

This month we are looking for climate-conscious, challenge-loving individuals to join us on the Keswick / Coniston to Barrow Walk. On 11th May, several of the CAfS team will be taking part – walking 40 miles or 21 miles respectively – to raise money for local climate action and we would love it if you could join us.  The walk is highly scenic running from Legburthwaite (Keswick) down the length of Thirlmere through the villages of Grasmere and Elterwater before passing through the Langdales and Coniston and onto Kirkby Moor, Dalton-in-Furness and Barrow itself. The Coniston to Barrow alternative starts [...]

By |2024-02-05T11:11:10+00:00February 2nd, 2024|Homepage, News|

Free home energy advice to offset price hikes and cold weather

With colder weather forecast and a 5% hike in the energy price cap this month, we're urging residents across the county to take advantage of our free home energy advice service. Our award winning service, Cold to Cosy Homes, provides free advice and energy saving equipment to help Cumbrian householders make their homes warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to heat. The Cold to Cosy Homes team offers a free telephone advice call from a qualified adviser to all Cumbrian residents, with a home visit offered to a wide range of eligible households. In addition to advice on how to save [...]

By |2024-01-09T13:35:47+00:00January 9th, 2024|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation|

Launch of the Westmorland & Furness Green Enterprise Hub

CAfS along with several partners are celebrating a significant funding boost of £571,359 to establish a pioneering business decarbonisation hub. The initiative, set to exclusively support the Westmorland & Furness area, is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and aims to bolster the sustainability efforts of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), charities, community businesses, and social enterprises.  Up to 300 local organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save costs will be able to benefit from a range of free and subsidised services, a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ of carbon reduction support. The services available from the project [...]

By |2023-12-14T12:52:57+00:00December 14th, 2023|Homepage, News|

Dream placement – jobs for the future?

Tuesday saw the selection event for the Centre for Leadership Performance's 'Dream Placement'. The project places young people in a work based placement for a week, encouraging them through a rigorous application process, attendance to networking events and interviews with a range of businesses and sectors. CAfS are very proud to take part this year, adding a 'green careers' theme to the scheme by offering an insight at events and leading a  workshop with students about linking their interests to their careers. This week we were interviewing those young people who had got through the application process for their work-based [...]

By |2023-12-14T07:41:21+00:00December 13th, 2023|Homepage, News|

What is COP28 – and what can it achieve?

What is ‘COP’?  COP stands for Conference of the Parties – and it is the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, now in it’s 28th year. The ‘parties’ are the original countries which signed up to the UN Climate change treaty in 1994. . The president of this year’s COP, which begins on 30 November in Dubai  is Sultan Al Jaber, who is the president of the state oil company of the United Arab Emirates – a highly controversial choice.  Over the years there have been numerous targets, agreements, hopes and disappointments at different COPs.   The Paris agreement in [...]

By |2023-11-30T07:38:44+00:00November 30th, 2023|Homepage, News|

Community Energy England Award Success

And we're winners! We were very proud indeed to receive not one, but three awards on Friday night at the Community Energy England awards in Salford. We took home the Community Energy Organisation of the Year (large) award and the Climate and Environmental Impact award. We were also highly commended for the Fuel Poverty Action award. The awards are recognition of the work, passion and dedication of all of the team here at CAfS, and acknowledge the breadth of work that we do. Our projects from our Cold to Cosy Homes, through to our Solar Made Easy work to make [...]

By |2023-11-20T14:11:41+00:00November 20th, 2023|Homepage, News|

Carbon Literacy Action Day

Monday 4 December sees the world's largest climate education-and-action training event - Carbon Literacy Action Day - and we are very proud to be playing our part! Carbon Literacy Action Day (CLAD) is led by the Carbon Literacy Project and coincides with the UN Climate Change Conference; COP 28. And whilst world leaders gather in Dubai, Carbon Literacy learners everywhere will undergo training that educates and inspires them to take meaningful action on climate change. It offers an opportunity for as many learners as possible from organisations, sectors, backgrounds and nations all around the world, to complete their Carbon Literacy [...]

By |2023-11-20T11:23:56+00:00November 7th, 2023|Homepage, News|

Three times award nomination success!

Brilliant news this week: we are finalists in three categories of the Community Energy England Awards this year. We're shortlisted for the Climate & Environmental Impact, the Community Energy Organisation of the Year and Fuel Poverty Action.  The Community Energy Awards is an annual event that recognises and celebrates outstanding achievements in community energy. This ceremony brings together individuals, organisations, and initiatives that are making significant contributions to the advancement of sustainable and locally-driven energy solutions. This year's ceremony, supported by Electricity North West, will take place in Manchester on Friday 17 November, 6-10pm. Karen Mitchell, our CEO explains what the shortlisting [...]

By |2023-10-31T17:29:31+00:00October 31st, 2023|Homepage, News|
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