Friday, 30 November 2012

Low-Carbon Christmas And Planning 2013 In December (Cambridge Carbon Footprint)

We are running another thermal imaging camera training next Thursday, 6th December. This is a good opportunity to learn how to use the camera, and after the training you will be able to borrow the CCF one to have a look at houses in your community. 

Over the holidays, the CCF office will be closed from Monday 24th December to January 1st inclusive. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

1. Carbon Conversation Groups starting in January

We are pleased to announce that we have three new Carbon Conversation Groups starting in January!

Transition Cambridge group: this group is for people who are involved with Transition Cambridge and who subscribe to the Transition Cambridge bulletin
Venue: Hills Road near the rail station

North Cambridge: an open group running in the evenings in north Cambridge
Venue: CCF office (Milton Road near the Westbrook Centre)

Trumpington: following our successful Warm Homes Trumpington event we are running a local Carbon Conversation course for anyone interested in attending
Venue: Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road

Carbon Conversations is a series of six engaging meetings in which participants address climate change in a different way, focusing on values, emotions, lifestyle and identity as well as the basic facts of carbon emissions.

To learn more about Carbon Conversations, or to join an upcoming group please or phone 01223 301842.

2. CCF Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair 1 December

Saturday 1 December, 10.30am - 4.30pm, Ditchburn Gardens, Mill Road

We're returning to Mill Road Winter Fair this year! We’ll have lots of activities at our stall focusing on low-carbon living, so bundle up and come find us on Mill Road on December 1st, learn more about CCF, get a taste of our upcoming Low-Carbon Christmas event, or just to say hello!

We will be located in Ditchburn Gardens, which you can find on the MRWF map here . 

Volunteers are most definitely wanted! Contact to add yourself to the rota. Shifts are available 10:30am – 12:30pm, 12:30pm – 2:30pm and 2:30pm – 4:30pm.

3. A Low-Carbon Christmas 4 December

Tuesday 4 December, 5 - 8pm, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street

Join us for a hands-on evening that will change the way you do the holidays! Christmas can be a time of high consumption and waste, but it doesn’t need to be: let CCF volunteers show you how to have a Low-Carbon Christmas.
Some of the activities we’ll have for you on the night:
Make your own Christmas crackers
Make some easy handmade decorations
Wrapping service (bring your gifts if you already have them!)
Ideas for upcycled and second hand gifts on display
Vegetarian Christmas dinner cooking workshop

This event is family friendly and hands-on! Drop-in at Ross Street Community Centre on Ross Street anytime between 5pm and 8pm. The event is free but local handmade gifts, cracker packages and refreshements will be on sale (cash only), and we always appreciate donations!

4. Thermal Imaging Training 6 December

Thursday 6 December, 7.30 - 9.30pm, CCF Office, Milton Rd CB4 1UY

A free training session in using CCF’s Thermal Imaging Camera – and interpreting the results. It’s quite easy to get pretty pictures, but it needs understanding to say what they mean!

When trained, you can borrow the camera to do surveys and identify thermal leaks. Donations to CCF are appreciated from people benefiting from surveys.

Training by Nicola Terry and Tom Bragg

To book your place email or contact the office on 01223 30184

5. CCF Winter Social 13 December]

Thursday 13 December, 7.30 - 10pm, Hills Rd area

Volunteers, supporters, staff and trustees of CCF, come and enjoy some nibbles and mulled wine while celebrating the successes of the past year. If you’re new to CCF, this is a great chance to meet other like-minded people!

Space is limited, so please book ahead with or 01223 301842.

The social will be held at the home of one of our trustees, off Hills Road. You’ll get the full address when you book.

6. Grow Your Own Year Round Workshop 7 January

Monday 7 January, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Ann Dowcra Room, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Whether you’re new to growing your own food, or a seasoned experimenter, this workshop led by expert grower Keith Jordan, is essential if you want to eat your own produce all year round. “Grow Your Own Year Round” will help you plan your garden and planting schedule so that you always have something from the garden to eat, no matter the season.

Space will be limited so please book ahead by emailing or calilng us at 01223 301842. All materials will be provided.

7. Welcome to our new CCF Coordinator!

We’re delighted to welcome Alana Sinclair as the new Cambridge Carbon Footprint Coordinator. She’s been volunteering with CCF, helping with events, and is in a Carbon Conversations group – together with her experience with public engagement in recycling and doing a Masters in Sustainability in her native Australia – you can tell we’re looking forward to working with her! You can reach Alana at

I began volunteering with CCF because I'm interested in finding and promoting ways of living which are good for both people and the planet and I was impressed with CCF's approach to supporting individuals to make personal changes in just this area. Although climate change is quite often discussed in doom and gloom terms I'm firmly of the belief that moving towards sustainability is an opportunity to make positive changes and I'm very pleased to be working alongside individuals who are just as passionate as I am to make the most of this opportunity.

8. Smart kettles and social practices: can we design our way to sustainability or do we need to understand the meaning of what we do?

In a recent post on the Green Alliance blog Chris Sherwin argued that better design was the route to more sustainable behaviour. A more psycho-social approach suggests that understanding the meaning of what we do may be just as important.

Read more at www . rorandall . org