CAfS addresses business leaders

By |2019-11-01T16:03:23+00:00September 29th, 2019|News|

CAfS chief executive, Hazel Graham, addressed the board of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership on Friday 27 September, explaining the urgency of the climate crisis. Hazel was speaking along with Colin Cox, director of public health, about the scale of the transformation required for a transition to a zero carbon Cumbria and the huge wealth of benefits this would bring. LEP board members were extremely positive and it was proposed to include the climate crisis as a standard agenda item. Board members emphasized the potential benefits for businesses and communities of decarbonising and acknowledged the huge opportunity it offers. Cumbria [...]

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CAfS team on Cold to Cosy mission!

By |2019-11-01T16:03:32+00:00September 27th, 2019|News|

Our Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria team have been out spreading the word about this brilliant new service to help people to save energy and cut their bills. Tina and Andrew from CAfS were at Ulverston’s bustling Eco Fair on Thursday 26 September, sharing information about the benefits that householders can tap into. A free home visit by our trained energy advisors, draughtproofing and energy-saving kit, LED bulbs, advice and referrals for other improvements are all on offer as part of the scheme. “This free support is available to a wide range of people, so we’d encourage everyone to [...]

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CAfS appoints new CEO

By |2019-11-01T16:03:38+00:00September 27th, 2019|News|

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Karen Mitchell as our new chief executive, after a very extensive recruitment campaign. Karen, who is currently the fundraising manager at Friends of the Lake District, will bring an exceptional breadth of expertise to CAfS. She has worked in the fields of sustainability and climate change for many years, for organisations including Natural England, Nurture Lakeland, Trees for Life and South Lakes Action on Climate Change. “We are very happy to have found a new chief executive with the combination of experience, knowledge and networks that we need at this [...]

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Stay warm with our insulation offer!

By |2019-09-03T09:49:36+00:00August 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 |2019-11-01T16:03:47+00:00August 30th, 2019|Electric vehicles, 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+00:00July 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 |2019-10-24T15:48:30+00:00July 29th, 2019|Vacancies - expired|

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+00:00July 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+00:00July 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 |2019-11-01T16:03:59+00:00July 28th, 2019|Cumbria Green Build Festival, 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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