We run regular events throughout the year, from sustainable food talks and eco-renovation tours, to “swishing” and book swaps. Events are open to all. Join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with our latest news and events.

Open Eco Homes

14 September 2014
20 September 2014

Girton 1 (300x198)Eighteen Cambridge-area low-energy homes are open on 2 days for booked visits:

Householders will show how they save on energy, bills and carbon emissions.  See what energy-saving measures suit your home: from low-cost & DIY through to big projects.

Most of the open homes are older properties that have been improved, or works-in-progress, some using the Cambridgeshire Solid Wall Insulation Fund.

See full information on our Open Eco Homes Website.

 

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Cottenham Repair Cafe

20 September 2014
10:00 amto2:00 pm

Cottenham Community Centre, High St, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ

Repair cafes are springing up all over the world, from Royston and Cambridge to Berlin, Brazil and New South Wales. The Cottenham group are inviting the public to dig out anything that needs repairing and bring it along (for free) to a team of experts will try to fix it. They will have a go at most things – from smartphones and hifi’s to lamps and vacuum cleaners! Booking is required – more details at www.facebook.com/RepairCafeCottenham                           FREErepair cafe logo

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DIY Lotions and Potions – skillshare

23 September 2014
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House,
Jesus Lane, Cambridge

Image_LipBalmThis is a fun and experimental workshop on how to make DIY lotions and ‘potions’.

Commercially made lotions, creams and balms are often made from a list of chemicals which are harmful to the earth, made in all sorts of energy intensive ways, shipped a long way, and bottled in single-use containers…we can do better!

Participants learn about the harmful ingredients in shop bought body products and how to choose ingredients to make their own that are good for the environment and their skin. The workshop also includes two fun DIY’s, and everyone gets to take home their own lip balm and body butter. Please bring two small jars with you. Please book a place at this popular evening info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

Free event

 

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Swishing tea-party

27 September 2014
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

swishposterSt Andrews Street Baptist Church
43 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR

Roll up! Roll up! For the September swish & tea party!

This event, run in partnership with the Cambridge LadyBirds WI is a wonderful opportunity to reinvigorate your wardrobe, without costing the earth.  Just bring along your unloved clothes and swap them!

To take part simply come along at 2pm  on Saturday September 27th and drop off 1-5 items of good quality clothes, shoes or accessories. Then just sit back and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some home made cake while we sort them into an organised swap shop. The clothes swap will then commence at 2.30pm.

Entry is free – though donations are very welcome (the event is a fundraiser for the LadyBirds 2014 speaker fund). All excess goods and 10% of donations (after costs) will go to Arthur Rank Hospice.

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Getting Started on Home Energy

1 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

The Centre at St Pauls, Hills Road, CB2 1JP

 

Unsure where to start improving your home’s energy efficiency?
What are the priorities to make it cosy, climate-friendly and cheaper to heat?Start Here

A panel of experts will each talk and answer questions on:

  • making a plan – from easy jobs to bigger projects
  • tools:  thermal imaging and a new DIY survey
  • using professionals well
  • grants and other available help Continue reading
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Solid Wall Insulation

7 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

SPS Envirowall Sample 1 (225x300)Christ Church, Christchurch Street, CB1 1HT

Margaret Reynolds, an architect specialising in low-energy design, will chair a forum of experts in solid wall insulation. Panelists to include Brian Murphy, Tim Acheson of Green Hat Construction, Kingspan representative, Natural Technology representative and Climate Energy.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Issues relating to external and internal insulation
  • Types of insulation available
  • Installation techniques Continue reading
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Low Carbon Energy

15 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

 St Pauls, Hills Road, CB2
Wood Fire - Ed Suominen

Generate electricity or heat your home in environmentally-friendly ways, with low energy bills.
Subsidies may help. Avoid the scams & hard-sell!

Experts will each talk and answer questions on:

  • Solar energy: PV and thermal
  • Wood Stoves
  • Heat Pumps and Micro CHP (Combined Heat & Power)
  • Subsidies: Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive Continue reading
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Personal Stories of Eco Homes

22 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Katharine Home 4_3 (800x600)Friends Meeting House,
Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

Sometimes being interested in eco-renovation or building a new eco-home isn’t enough to make a start. Often the problems aren’t just technical, first you need to figure out what you really want.

Three homeowners will share and discuss their stories of how and why they now live in beautiful, energy-efficient homes Continue reading

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An Energy Researcher’s Home

12 November 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Door Seal  (300x221)34 Linden Close,
Cambridge CB4 3JU

Ray Galvin, a researcher at both the Department of Architecture at Cambridge and the School of Economics and Business Studies at RWTH-Aachen University, Germany, will share his personal experience of putting technical understanding into practice in the home. His broad field of work is environmental science, with an interdisciplinary background in engineering, social sciences, policy studies, and more recently economics. At Cambridge he is currently researching the influence of aesthetic values on home energy-efficiency upgrade decisions. Continue reading

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