Stay warm with our insulation offer!

By |2019-09-03T09:49:36+01:00August 30th, 2019|Insulation, News|

If you're looking for home insulation and want to use a sustainable, natural product, you could take advantage of a special discount for CAfS supporters. Ecological Building Systems are offering you 8 packs of Thermo-Jute 100 insulation for the price of 7, plus free delivery to CA and LA postcodes. Thermo-Jute 100 is made using jute bags from the food industry. As well as its superb thermal properties, it can help to regulate humidity in your home and buffer noise. It comes in different thicknesses. You can get full details about this type of insulation on the Ecological Building [...]

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Could your premises host an electric vehicle charge point?

By |2019-08-30T21:12:08+01:00August 30th, 2019|Electric vehicles, Homepage, News|

CAfS would love to hear from venues that could potentially host a charge point for electric vehicles (EVs). We want to find two hundred sites in Cumbria and other parts of northern England over the next 18 months, as part of the new project to build EV infrastructure that we announced in July. The project kicks off next month (September), so the eligibility criteria for charge point hosts haven’t been set just yet, but at this stage we’re keen to have expressions of interest from possible sites. Community buildings, private businesses with a forecourt, rural hotels in a village [...]

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Celebrating 20 years on the journey to a zero carbon Cumbria!

By |2019-07-30T09:49:36+01:00July 30th, 2019|Homepage, News|

This year, CAfS has been celebrating our first full 20 years as an independent organisation tackling climate change in Cumbria! It's a fantastic opportunity to look back and remember just how far we've come and all that we've achieved - especially at at time when there's more collective determination than ever to achieve our vision of a zero carbon Cumbria. To mark the occasion, we've produced a new booklet capturing some of our many highlights down through the years - from starting the UK's first Green Build Festival to helping set up several of Cumbria's community energy schemes. There's [...]

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Call for funding consultants

By |2019-07-29T17:35:26+01:00July 29th, 2019|Vacancies - Contracts|

CAfS is looking for a professional fundraiser to help us increase our income to meet the rising need for our services. We need a suitably qualified and experienced person (or people) to pull together and submit applications for grant funding opportunities, as well as to identify other funds that we can apply to for upcoming projects. This work will be overseen by our funding and finance manager. We expect that we'll require up to 30 days of support over a six-month period. There's more information on our website, and the deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday 19 August 2019. Full details are in the brief, below: [...]

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Installers for draughtproofing measures – invitation to tender

By |2019-07-29T16:09:19+01:00July 29th, 2019|Vacancies - Contracts|

Could your organisation install energy-saving measures for households in Cumbria? We're inviting tenders from organisations as part of our new project, Cold to Cosy Homes, funded by the Energy Redress Scheme. The main measures are draughtproofing doors, windows, unused chimney flues and loft hatches. Tenders could be from sole traders or larger businesses. We're particularly keen to hear from you if you can carry out this work in Carlisle, Eden and South Lakeland districts. All the details are in the Invitation to Tender, below. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Northcott: or 01768 210276. Cold to [...]

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New project will boost chargepoints across Cumbria & the North

By |2019-08-30T21:14:41+01:00July 28th, 2019|Electric vehicles, News|

Infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) across northern England is set to power up over the next eighteen months thanks to new government investment announced this month. Cumbria Action for Sustainability is part of a partnership, led by Cybermoor and Charge my Street, which will join forces to deliver the Scaling On-Street Charging Infrastructure (SOSCI) project. It’s one of twelve projects that will share £37 million funding to revolutionise the experience of owning an electric vehicle in the UK. The government aims for these innovations to encourage uptake of electric vehicles – a key aim of its Road to Zero [...]

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Green build festival powers up with new headline sponsor

By |2019-07-28T15:24:15+01:00July 28th, 2019|Cumbria Green Build Festival, Homepage, News|

Electricity North West has been named as the headline sponsor for this year’s Cumbria Green Build and Sustainable Living Festival. This annual programme showcasing clever low-energy buildings and home improvements, along with ways to cut carbon footprints, will expand to around fifty events for 2019, thanks to the sponsorship boost from the region’s electricity distribution network operator. Run by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), the festival offers open homes, tours, workshops, courses, films, conferences and talks, for householders, communities and professionals. Now in its fourteenth year, the festival was the first of its kind in the country. “We are [...]

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Take a sneak peak at Green Build 2019

By |2019-06-28T21:30:24+01:00June 28th, 2019|Cumbria Green Build Festival, Homepage, News|

You are the first to get a sneak preview of this year’s Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival! We are still busily putting the final touches on our whopping list of 50 or so events, but we’re peeling back the curtain so you can see what’s in store for you when they open for booking later in July. Keep an eye on our website and social media towards the middle of the month to have first choice! Open homes: No Green Build Festival would be complete without the chance to visit real homes with energy-saving design, renewable energy [...]

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Job: Chief executive officer

By |2019-07-28T15:27:32+01:00June 19th, 2019|Vacancies - expired|

Posted: 19 June 2019 Closing date: 9am, 12 July 2019 HOURS: 30 hours a week/ 4 days a week START DATE: 1st September 2019 (to be negotiated) SALARY RANGE: £30,000 to £37,000, per annum pro rata (dependent on experience). Support can be provided towards relocation costs if needed. DURATION: Permanent LOCATION: Eden Rural Foyer, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8ET We are looking for a passionate, strategic professional, who is both proactive and efficient, and able to delegate and build consensus, as a new chief executive to lead our organisation. The past year has seen an unprecedented upsurge in public interest [...]

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Government announces plan to reach ‘almost’ net zero by 2050

By |2019-07-28T16:13:41+01:00June 12th, 2019|Climate politics, News|

We welcome the Government's announcement today of a new plan to cut UK emissions to 'almost zero' by 2050 - but the climate science calls for much greater urgency. This is a wonderful sign that there is political will to move in the right direction, compared to the Government's previous 80% target by 2050, but the Government must go much further must faster. Particularly in light of the UK's historic contribution to global emissions, CAfS agrees with calls for the UK to reach net zero by 2030. The UN's report by the IPCC last October was very clear - [...]

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