28 September 2015
In these monthly posts, we shout about some of the inspiring work being done by our members and celebrate their recent achievements. Here are September’s stories.
Aiming to become the most sustainable school in the UK, Crosthwaite CofE primary school in Cumbria has installed a ground source heat pump, PV panels and solar thermal. Food production and animal grazing is also soon to start, with chickens already welcomed to the fold.
One of the UK’s best loved gardens is going even greener, as an array of 175 solar panels are installed at National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens in Wales this autumn. The panels will generate 50kW, enough to power the garden’s tearooms and electric car charging points. Meanwhile, the Trust are also installing a new biomass system at Upton House in Oxfordshire, which will replace a boiler that consumed 25,000 litres of oil every year. Read more on the Going Green blog.
CSE has been awarded over £400,000 by the Big Lottery to help disabled people stay warm– This grant will support 5,500 disabled people across the West of England who live in cold homes, struggle to pay for their fuel bills or need additional assistance to stay warm at home. Visit their news pages for more.
The NUS are helping students to cut carbon across the UK as they launch this year’s Student Switch Off campaign. The annual campaign encourages students to take simple energy saving actions in halls. Find out more here.
The BRE Innovation Park celebrates its tenth birthday this month. Featuring some of the world’s most sustainable buildings plus hundreds of low carbon technologies, the Innovation Park is central to delivering sustainability within the built environment.
Student digs in Grade I listed Trinity College Cambridge have been revamped in order to drastically improve energy efficiency. Over two thousand student rooms will be finished and ready for occupation by October after the major renovation project.
The UK’s first ever Community Energy Awards took place this September. At the ceremony in Oxford, the communities, projects and individuals at the forefront of the community energy revolution were celebrated.
The Fit for the Future Network welcomes new members, Natural England, Ground Works Wales and ASBP (Alliance for Sustainable Building Products). They join over 80 other organisations that are already working together to become more sustainable.