Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Cambridge Carbon Footprint: Mid May Greetings (Newsletter)

Things have been super, wonderfully busy in the CCF office these last few weeks. There has been a lot of buzz around Eat Cambridge and the Cambridge Sustainable Food stall. And while we've been mighty tempted to spend our days outside enjoying the sun, we've been busy heads down gearing up for a summer full of wonderful events. All the details are below - but keep your eyes peeled for info on Cambridge's first Repair Cafe, the Perfect Summer's Day SkillsFest and our free cycle powered screening of Belleville Rendezvous. Now who said living sustainably couldn't be fun?

This is also your last chance to book for our Communicating Powerfully workshop next week - we've only got a few spots left! If you would like to feel confident speaking to a crowd, giving a presentation or being interviewed be sure to book soon to avoid disappointment.

1. Communicating Powerfully

May 27 7.00 - 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

Public speaking continually appears in the Top 10 most feared life experiences.

If you feel that you would love to become a more confident public speaker in your work, community or personal life then evening is for you! Cambridge Carbon Footprint is delighted to be teaming up with the non-profit organisation Toastmasters International, a highly regarded leader in communication and leadership development. The local branch Cambridge City Communicators is made up of local people from all walks of life and includes a variety of members, from experienced speakers to those new to the thrills of public speaking.

Over the course of the evening participants will pick up skills and techniques that’ll help them feel more confident the next time they need to speak to a crowd, do a presentation or an interview. The Toastmasters ensure all learning takes place in a very supportive and friendly environment. All are welcome. You can come as an individual or as a representative of a community group or organisation.

The event is free, but there are only 20 spaces available. To secure a place please book ASAP by emailing or by calling 01223 301842.

2. Repair Cafe

May 31, 2.00 - 5.00pm, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

The Cambridge Skillshare group are holding our first Repair Café! The idea is really simple – people who have stuff that needs to be fixed get together with people who can help them fix it. But we need your help to make this wonderful event happen!

Do you have something that needs repairing?
Book in your item for repair! Email your name, the type of item, and one sentence about what’s wrong with it. We'll email you nearer the time to confirm if someone will be able to help fix your item.

Are you able to repair things?
Or perhaps you know someone who likes to repair things who might like to come along? Email to let us know what you can repair and if you can make this date, and we’ll be in touch to let you know if people will bring things that you can work on.

The Repair Café movement is growing rapidly, and is all about people helping each other out, learning how to fix things which are fixable, and keeping stuff out of landfill. You can learn more about the day on the Transition Website. Cambridge Skillshare is a partnership between Transition Cambridge, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Greeniversity.

3. ‘For the Love of …’ at Strawberry Fair

Sat 7th June, Midsummer Common, Cambridge

Cambridge Carbon Footprint will be supporting The Climate Coalition’s ‘For the Love of …’campaign by capturing and celebrating the things that you love but that are threatened by climate change. Come along to our stall at Strawberry Fair and let us know what’s precious to you. We’ll be collecting your thoughts and using them to spread the word!

Sound like fun? Why not join us? We're still looking for people to help out on the stall. if you'd like to take part.

4. Cycle powered screening : Belleville Rendezvous

June 14, 7.00 – 10.00pm, Romsey Mill, Hemingford Road, Cambridge, CB1 3BZ

To celebrate all things cycling and the Tour coming through Cambridge, CCF have teamed up with the Transition Cambridge, Outspoken and the County Council to screen the fantastic cycling animation Belleville Rendezvous. It’s listed in the National Film Theatres Top 10 great films about cycling . 

The audience will be invited to power the film by cycling for a few minutes each. It’ll be free to enter and there will be refreshments available before and after the film. There’ll be opportunities to find out about all things bike related from the best routes and maps, bike technology, design and maintenance, plans for cycling locally and much, much more. The building is fully accessible.

5. SkillsFest – A Perfect Summer’s Day

June 21, 12 midday - 4.30pm, Newnham Scout and Guide Centre CB3 9JF

This is one of the highlight events of the year and we are really excited about it. It’s all about learning new skills so you can set about both creating and mending those things that’ll prepare you for your Perfect Summers Day in Cambridge. The venue is a spacious wooden cabin set in some lovely grounds. It’s right on the edge of Sheep’s Green and Granchester Meadows so we hope to head out for a bike ride sometime during the day to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

A flavour of the workshops we will have on offer:
• Bike maintenance
• Sewing bunting, kites and a picnic blanket
• Fixing electronics (radios, mobiles)
• Making eco-friendly lotions, potions and suncreams
• Making cordials
• Foraging
• Making jams, pickles and other preserves
• Jewellery repair

More details will be published soon and we’ll start taking bookings then too. Save the date and please let your friends and family know about the day. The event is FREE!

Cambridge Skillshare is a partnership between Transition Cambridge, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Greeniversity.

6. Trumpington Swish

June 21 10.00 - 12:3m, The Pavillion, Paget Road, Trumpington, CB2 9JF

Swishing is a clothes swap - bring along your unwanted clothes in good condition and take away something you love instead - a simple idea but a great one!

Bring along your unwanted clothes at 10.00 am, the actual swishing will start at 11.00. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be available. Any profits will support the Trumpington Stitchers to pay the weekly hall hire allowing local residents to meet and share their skills.

No admission, donations greatly appreciated!

7. Get the inside story - The CCF AGM

July 17, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Venue TBA

Save the date!

Come and hear about CCF’s successes and challenges - the inside story. Ask questions, meet up with staff, volunteers, trustees and supporters to discuss and help shape our forthcoming work.

Members of CCF Ltd (see below) can vote at the AGM on the election of 3 new Trustees and the re-election of 3 longer-serving Trustees, who have to retire in rotation.

8. Become a CCF Ltd Member

As explained here CCF is a Company, as well as a Charity. You’re welcome to become a Company Member, which gives you voting rights at General meetings, such as in the election of Trustees at our AGM.
You can apply to be a member too (application form) if you:

• share CCF’s aims and general approach
• take a keen interest in CCF and want to contribute to its success.
• normally attend AGMs (at which you can vote)

But you can still be actively involved in CCF without being a company member!

9. News from Cambridge Sustainable Food

Our stall at the Eat Cambridge Fair at the Corn Exchange was a great success - many many thanks to all the 27 volunteers from 9 partner organisations who made it possible (including CCF, of course!). We had a very prominent stall in the foyer, which generated a lot of interest, with 248 people completing our short food survey (results will be in next newsletter). Brand's vegan tasters made with local veg donated by Cofco (who also generously sponsored the stall) were very popular, as were Jennie's chocolate truffles from the last Liberated Feast. Meg's CamBake yummy bread tasters were also a great draw for the stall.

As you know, CCF is hosting Cambridge Sustainable Food for the time being. The other partner organisations who took part on Saturday were: Transition Cambridge Food Group, Cambridge City Council Recycling Team, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Bread on a Bike and Cambridge Cropshare. Arjuna Wholefoods and Cambridge Food Cycle had literature on the stall.

Membership of Cambridge Sustainable Food
We started last December and we now have over 200 members, including 44 local organisations: food businesses, like Origin8, Cofco and Arjuna; food producers (Hawthorn Farm, Waterland Organics), college catering managers, the ARU catering department, dieticians, schools and Cambridge City Council. You can join as an organisation or as an individual - membership is free and involves supporting our sustainable food aims and receiving our monthly e-newsletter. You can join online.

Food Charter consultation
We had some very useful responses to our Sustainable Food Charter consultation, which ended last month - we are now discussing the changes which need to be made and will be launching the new charter on July 5th, at our stall at The Big Weekend. (You can read the original draft charter here.

Cambridge Sustainable Food volunteer opportunities
We are looking for volunteers to help us with:
• mapping sustainable food projects/businesses in Cambridge
• editing the monthly newsletter (Mailchimp)
• improving our website design (Wordpres)
• building our membership
• improving our Facebook page
• background research on sustainable food
• interviewing member organisations for items in newsletter / on website

Email if you are interested in volunteering.

10. Urgent: Can you help us find an office?

CCF may have to move soon. Do you know of any office space that might suit us? We are ideally looking for an office within Cambridge that would allow us to set up 5 workstations (i.e. 20-30sqm). Obviously price is important and we would prefer to minimise cost as much as possible. At most we could afford to pay £500 per month. If you know of any space that would suit our requirements, or you or someone else you know could help us find somewhere please get in touch ASAP, if possible by Friday May 23. Call Alana in the CCF office on 01223 301842 or email

11. A great opportunity for green businesses : Open Eco Homes sponsorship

On 14th & 20th Sept 2014 Open Eco Homes (OEH) plans to attract over 700 visits from the public to at least 18 varied, low-energy homes - both new-build and retro-fit. As a sponsor you would be welcome to a free stall and publicity at relevant OEH follow-up events. We would also include your organisation’s logo
on all OEH flyers, posters and publicity material
on the fact sheets given to all visitors
on the OEH website’s front page and acknowledgments page, including a link to your website

Major sponsors, donating over £1,000, are featured more prominently in these places and with an appreciation and web-link when we promote Open Eco Homes in our newsletter to over 1800 supporters. They also have the opportunity to be a speaker at one of the follow-up events.

Visitors say how informative and inspiring they find seeing energy-saving measures first-hand, and virtually every visitor makes home-energy changes as a result. We estimate OEH 2013 resulted in 545 tonnes CO2 savings.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like more information please contact Amy Ross on or 01223 301842.

12. 'Balance' in the climate debate

Our former newsletter editor Laura Lehtosalo (now in California) has forwarded us this link to a great YouTube video of part of an programme by John Oliver (Last Week Tonight), who defeats the so-called media 'balance' argument in the best way - by making us laugh. It's quite short, so do have a look.

13. Transition: Sustainable Food Cafe Evening

May 22 7.30 – 9.00pm, CB1 Cafe

Do you love good food, but are unsure whether the current food system is good for people or the planet? Come and join the discussion and find out how you can make positive choices for a healthier, more environmentally-friendly future. This event is part of the Eat Cambridge festival, and booking is essential. Email us to book.

14. Mulching and munching at The Missing Sock forest garden

May 25 10.00 - 2.30pm, The Missing Sock restaurant

The Growing Spaces project and the Missing Sock forest garden invite you to join us for a cycle out to the Missing Sock, where we'll do some caring for the early-stage forest garden, learn about forest gardens, and share a lunch at the Missing Sock restaurant. We'll be leaving Cambridge on bike at 10am and aim to be back well before 2.30pm. Everyone welcome! If you can, please let Toni know you are interested by Sunday the 18th, so we can book if there's lots of us. If you only read this last minute, do still give a shout - there may be space for you.

15. Transition Cafe - Let's talk about marketing

June 5 7.30pm - 9.00pm, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

Marketing was once very product-focused - methods to sell more breakfast cereal (or cars or burgers or whatever). But can insights from marketing help us to communicate ideas about sustainable living to wider audiences and more effectively? What is best practice now, in an era of blogposts and social media? Our speaker Emma will share her experience of working in a variety of marketing roles and there’ll be time to ask her questions. So whether you’re involved with a community group with a message to get out, or have a pet project waiting to get off the ground, this evening is for you! There will also be a chance to share ideas and discuss what works. Hopefully you’ll gain some ideas and tips to help your group or project become more effective. All welcome, free!

16. Climate Change & Food Security Marketplace

June 13 9:30 to 3:00pm, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Beginning with a special keynote conversation between Dame Barbara Stocking (previous CEO of Oxfam) and Sir Jonathan Porritt (founder of Forum for the Future), this interactive and dynamic “marketplace” is a space for exchanging ideas and making new connections.

For more information about these events, visit www . humanitariancentre . org/food-security
Register: ;;;

17. Transition: Thermal Comfort in Older Houses

June 17 7.30 - 9.00pm Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

The next energy group forum will be about energy efficiency measures for older houses. What can we do to reduce heat loss and be more comfortable in our older (pre war or earlier) homes without damaging the features that we love about them? Our panel includes Jason Dorks from Natural Building Technologies and Jim Ross from Cambridge Architectural Research - both of whom have many years of experience in this area. More info on the Transition website.

Cambridge Carbon Footprint
www . cambridgecarbonfootprint . org
01223 301842

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