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Tackling climate change in Cumbria gets £2.5 million National Lottery boost

Cumbria’s bid for £2.5 million of National Lottery funding to cut carbon emissions in the county has been successful, it was announced today.  CAfS is one of nearly 70 organisations from many walks of life in Cumbria that came together to submit the bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The award to the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership will fund a five-year programme of action aiming to make Cumbria the first carbon-neutral county in the UK, in a way that benefits communities and is led by them.   “This is incredible news for Cumbria and we’re delighted to have developed this successful bid on behalf of the partnership!” said Karen Mitchell, chief executive of CAfS, which co-chairs the partnership. “The grant [...]

By |2020-08-17T11:20:44+01:00August 17th, 2020|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|Comments Off on Tackling climate change in Cumbria gets £2.5 million National Lottery boost

New government scheme for improving energy efficiency of homes

The government has announced a new scheme to help households to make their homes more energy efficient. Here we share our view on it and some advice for anyone thinking of taking advantage of it. About the new 'Green Homes Grant' On Wednesday 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced a voucher scheme for households to help with the cost of measures such as insulation. It is part of the government's new 'Plan for Jobs 2020', aiming to stimulate the economy. You can read the plan in full on the Treasury website > Here is what the plan says about [...]

By |2020-07-14T14:25:14+01:00July 14th, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on New government scheme for improving energy efficiency of homes

Contract: Development of carbon footprint calculators

Date posted: 2 July 2020 Closing date: 9am on 17 July 2020 We are seeking a contractor to develop two online carbon footprinting calculator tools: one for residents and one for businesses. These tools will be piloted and tested in Ambleside, with a view to rolling them out elsewhere in Cumbria. The proposed timescale for developing and testing these tools will be September to December 2020, with training of facilitators planned for January 2021 and roll-out from February 2021. The total budget available for delivery of both carbon footprint calculators is £16,000. How to apply for this [...]

By |2020-09-24T13:39:02+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on Contract: Development of carbon footprint calculators

Deputy mayor opens Walney’s first electric vehicle chargepoint

The newest electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint in our project with Charge My Street has been installed in Barrow and charged its maiden car, this week. West Point House is now the first place on Walney Island and one of the first in Barrow to be equipped with EV chargepoints. A double socket has been installed with the hope of increasing charging opportunities for locals and the 40 residents of West Point House. Deputy mayor of Barrow Helen Wall officially opened the chargepoint as it gave its first charge this week. Helen said: “I was very thrilled to take part [...]

By |2020-06-25T13:45:29+01:00June 25th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Deputy mayor opens Walney’s first electric vehicle chargepoint

Cumbrians’ concern about climate revealed in CAfS survey

Cumbrians are very concerned about climate change and are already taking action in their own lives to tackle it. That’s according to the results of the first-ever county-wide climate survey run by CAfS at the end of last year. More than a thousand people shared their views on the seriousness of climate change and what the government and individuals could do to tackle it. The survey respondents were more concerned about climate change than the national average, with 91 per cent saying they are either very concerned or fairly concerned, compared to 76 per cent in the latest national [...]

By |2020-06-10T16:11:06+01:00June 10th, 2020|Homepage, News|Comments Off on Cumbrians’ concern about climate revealed in CAfS survey

The green road to recovery – Message from our CEO

It has been 10 weeks since we were last in touch. I hope you and yours have stayed safe and well during this challenging time. In the last few months, we have experienced changes to our lives that we probably never thought possible. Sadly, the pandemic has highlighted that, as with the impacts of climate change, the disadvantaged are the most badly affected – from the keyworkers at risk of illness to people in fuel poverty hit by higher energy bills from staying at home. It has also highlighted the link between fossil fuels, air pollution and public health. [...]

By |2020-06-10T15:35:18+01:00June 10th, 2020|Climate politics, Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|Comments Off on The green road to recovery – Message from our CEO

Job: Project Support Officer

Date posted: 9 June 2020 Closing date: 11pm, Tue 30 June 2020 CAfS is growing, and we are looking for an experienced project support officer to join our busy administrative team. It's a role with a lot of variety, helping us to deliver our wide range of projects and keep CAfS running smoothly. The postholder will support our events, assist customers, answer our busy phones, coordinate meetings, and support our HR, payroll and financial management, among other tasks. They'll be part of a friendly and supportive team, helping CAfS to tackle climate change in Cumbria. [...]

By |2020-07-01T12:40:14+01:00June 9th, 2020|News, Vacancies - expired|Comments Off on Job: Project Support Officer

Job: Project Officer – Cold to Cosy Homes

Date posted: Tue 9 June 2020 Closing date: 11pm, Tue 30 June 2020 Join our busy team delivering Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria and other energy-advice projects to vulnerable households across Cumbria. Our Cold to Cosy Homes service provides energy-saving advice to households along with installing energy-saving measures to save on costs, cut carbon and enjoy a cosier home. The role includes promoting the service to our network of volunteers and organisations across Cumbria and providing advice by telephone and at home visits. The role also includes analysing demand for advice, visits and installations and coordinating with [...]

By |2020-07-01T12:40:32+01:00June 9th, 2020|News, Vacancies - expired|Comments Off on Job: Project Officer – Cold to Cosy Homes

Job: Project Manager – Low Carbon Communities

Date posted: Tue 9 June 2020 Closing date: 11pm, Tue 30 June 2020 We are looking for an experienced and skilled project manager to drive practical actions to cut carbon emissions in South Lakeland. You'll coordinate and deliver support to inspire, motivate and enable communities to cut their carbon footprints in a range of ways, including through low-carbon energy. You’ll share your extensive expertise on everything from carbon footprinting and renewable energy to emission reduction for households and businesses. You’ll offer practical advice, signposting, mentoring and events, building the capacity of communities to take action and increasing [...]

By |2020-07-01T12:40:48+01:00June 9th, 2020|News, Vacancies - expired|Comments Off on Job: Project Manager – Low Carbon Communities

Funding target reached and EV webinar!

Despite pressures from the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the community share offer from Charge My Street has succeeded in raising £130,000 to install 100 electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints across Cumbria and Lancashire. Charge My Street and CAfS would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who put forward their own investment and to those who helped get the word out about the share offer. Investors included those who have been driving EVs for years and some who have not yet made the switch but could see the benefit of preparing our region for wide scale [...]

By |2020-06-05T12:35:50+01:00June 5th, 2020|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Funding target reached and EV webinar!
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