Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’


06
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Letsgetenergized is making its return to champion Renewable Energy


Category: Climate Change, Community Energy, Dorset Energized News, Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset, Energy News for UK, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Water Power, Wildlife & Nature, Wind Power
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This prototype Electric Tram is being tested in China, it runs on white painted lines in the road. Its highly advanced batteries give it amazing serviceability and it carries over 300 people.

Everyday I’m sent examples of new ways of developing electric transport capabilities. From cars to aeroplanes the future is electric and combined with the enormous development of renewable energy we are entering a new fossil fuel free era.

We can dramatically reduce pollution which effects everyone of us going about our daily routine.

We can begin to reverse the worst forecasts of climate change and together make our Planet once again safe for the generations to come.

Join us in spreading the word that the UK should be taking a lead in developing renewable energy and of course majoring on moving from petrol/diesel powered transport to electric or eventually even hydrogen.

None of our political parties are focussing on renewable energy or climate change the most important issues of our times. Hold your potential MP’s locally to account and make commitments of support on both subjects.

Our commitment is clear, to the Planet, to landscape, to people and of course to the Natural World.

Tell us your own stories about installing solar, buying an electric car anything that will give confidence to other people thinking of making changes.

Forward our website details to all your friends, relatives and colleagues. Lets shout about this new energy and really get the show on the road here in the UK.https---blueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com-uploads-card-image-499014-01beaa53-bfe5-4474-adef-a6a4a3fc0533



24
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Growing Vegetables


Category: Climate Change, Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living, Sustainable Living
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At Letsgetenergized we believe that local sustainability is hugely important and in partnership with a move to renewable energy will begin to drive back climate change and protect the Planet.

As someone who finds it difficult to grow vegetables this initiative by Pam and Ken to engage and develop growing your own is excellent.

Do support them if you can!!

Dear Friends,
As Ken or I may already have mentioned to some of you, we have set up two local groups on Meetup.com which you may be interested in joining – if so, please click on the relevant link below to register as a member (free of charge) so that you can receive email updates and come along to our talks and meetups.
Our groups are: ‘Grow It Yourself Dorset’, which meets monthly on a the first Wednesday evening of the month in Blandford and may be of interest to those wanting to learn more about growing fruit and vegetables and other related topics, and the other is ‘Resurgence Dorset’, which holds monthly talks on the last Tuesday of the month at Blandford Museum and bi-monthly on a Saturday at Hilfield Friary, for those interested in green-living, social justice, animal welfare, ethical living and environmental issues etc.  Full details of these groups are on the links below:
If you are not interested, or have already joined, sorry to bother you, but please do forward this email on to anyone else in North Dorset you think might like to join either of our groups.
Many thanks,
Pam and Ken


03
JUN

Guest Energizer says:
Making Your New Home More Energy Efficient


Category: Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Sustainable Living, Wind Power
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If you are going to move to a new home soon, you might want to consider ways to make it more energy efficient and green. While it is true that the whole situation is stressful enough, indicated by the fact many surveys rank this among the most difficult tasks one has to deal with in life, it is also true that moving house presents many new opportunities.

One of the most important things you can consider for your home is implementing green technology and features. Now is the perfect opportunity to become a better eco-friendly person, start a new life in your new and improved home. Relocation to a new place is your opportunity to live in a home that is green and less taxing on the environment.

Making Your New Home more Energy Efficient

Here are some projects you can consider:

Rainwater harvest system – that is one thing you should definitely consider for your new home. An RHS allows the collection of rainwater from your rooftop, which would normally go to waste. It is a precious resource, which the system will store in a tank, allowing you to utilise it later for various needs. Collected rainwater can easily be used for various cleaning tasks, all of which you will have to perform a lot of after relocation. The benefits of having an RHS installed in your home are huge – it can save you up to 50% of your water bill, which is not a small amount at all.

Solar panelssolar power has become a widespread reality. Many homes have panels installed, and this is very good, because it is a great way of saving energy and utilising a renewable source for power. The thing to consider before moving house to a place with solar panels is that the investment is a rather large one. You can expect a long-term return, but that should not stop you from implementing this project in your home.

Energy efficient electronics – if you want to pay less for moving services, you can leave part of your old electronics behind or sell them in order to acquire new and more energy efficient ones. This is definitely something to consider, because it not only makes your move easier, but also makes your new home much more eco-friendly and green.

Wind turbine – another great way of making your home more eco-friendly is to harness the power of the winds by mounting a wind turbine on the roof of your new home. Even small models can make quite a difference in reducing your electricity bill. Of course, you have to keep in mind whether or not the conditions are good – your home must be in an area with plenty of winds, otherwise the turbine will not produce electricity.

It is by implementing these 4 features in your new home that you can make it green and eco-friendly. Definitely consider the upgrades, because they are worth it and their positive impact on the environment will be noticeable.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for: Islington Van and Man Hire. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about house removals, storage, office relocation, green living home solutions, other home related topics.



29
APR

Guest Energizer says:
Renewable Energy Marketplace 2015


Category: Electric Transport, Green Electricity, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized
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Renewable Energy Marketplace 2015

As the Environment and Community Services Apprentice for North Dorset District Council. The Renewable Energy Marketplace 2015 provided me with an excellent opportunity to find out more about local companies as well those further afield who shared my general philosophy and interest in renewables with a view to identifying possible future employment opportunities. I was grateful to Vince Adams, co-founder of Energise Stur Valley who very kindly sponsored my attendance as well as providing transport to the event in his electric car, so minimising our impact on the environment. I was extremely fortunate that following an initial discussion, a local renewable energy company offered me a post as administrator. Although extremely flattered I indicated that I wish to complete my apprenticeship at North Dorset prior to securing further employment within the industry.

The event hosted a good range of companies including installers, facilitators and informers. At the start there was a stimulating debate between the local (to Exeter) leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and The Green Party. They took questions from attendees and there were clearly many differences in opinion. Diana Moore representing The Green Party made clear her disagreement with the views put forward by Neil Parish representing the Conservatives. The debate has not affected who I plan to vote for in the upcoming elections, although it has encouraged me to undertake further research into the finer details of each party’s policies.

The stalls were well grouped in terms of subject matter and the stall holders were all very approachable, knowledgeable and keen to promote their organisations. The arts and communities section was of particular interest and through discussion I met a fellow attendee who is considering putting on an Eco Fashion Show in Dorchester, so I may get involved in this as I enjoy textiles and fashion. There were various seminars including one on arts and energy which discussed Whitby the Musical, a performance which uses the opportunity of using musical theatre to portray a positive image of the renewable energy industry. It would be the first of its kind and a brilliant way of getting local communities on board with a renewable energy scheme and raising awareness amongst young people.

Outside the exhibition area there were several electric and hybrid cars, which in addition to my conversation with Vince travelling to and from the event, persuaded me that they offered a viable future mode of transport, particularly now that charging points are more widely available including at service stations. The choice of cars available on the current market is varied ranging from a little run-around such as the Toyota Yaris Hybrid to the larger BMW i8. Some of the cars could be test driven which was a great way to attract future customers and raising interest in them.

The Renewable Energy Bake Off was quite a success and there were some very decorative cupcakes with wind turbines, solar panels and other renewables iced on which someone had carefully crafted. The cakes were delicious and particularly welcome given there was little else on offer in terms of food at the event. Next time, I would suggest having a greater range of stalls providing local produce.

In terms of attendees it appeared only to attract those already involved in the renewables market in some way, rather than wider members of the public. I feel it would have been beneficial and more attractive to wider audiences if admission had been free rather than £18 entry plus £54 if wishing to attend a conference.

Overall the event was a success with Westpoint in Exeter buzzing with environmental enthusiasts and companies. There were many interesting organisations and individuals available and it was an ideal opportunity to network. I hope to attend again in the future.

This is a first posting to our site by Kathryn Flint



13
MAR

John Olver says:
EV’s are not good for the environment!


Category: Electric Transport, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living
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EV’s are not good for the environment!

That headline or similar claims have been floating about the media for some time now. A 2014 study by the University of Minnesota among others found that EV’s can contribute to global pollution if the source of the electricity they use is not clean. Why the headlines don’t read, “Coal Fired Power Plants are a Threat to Civilization” instead of lambasting EV’s is no mystery. Most of the articles quickly get to this point but headlines lambasting coal fired power plants don’t draw the eyeballs that anti-EV banners do and media of all sorts depends on attracting eyeballs for validation. The potential number of EV’s on the road is far greater than the number of power plants so why not focus the cleanup at the source.

The fact is that EV’s are good for the environment. You can power them with wind, solar, hydro, nuclear and yes, fossil fuel. But whatever the source EV’s don’t go around spewing CO2 and other pollutants into cities towns and the countryside. If clean up is required it can be done at the source.

Additionally, if you choose to power your EV with sustainably derived electricity you do away with the need to transport explosive and toxic materials around the world in ships, trains, trucks and pipelines and avoid all the spillage associated with that transport. EV’s don’t require mountaintop mining, deep sea oil drilling or other destructive extractive processes.

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Technologies are already available to scrub pollutants from power plant stacks but that would add to the cost of electricity. Most consumers would rather pretend that the hundreds of billions of dollars, pounds, rand, yen, etc. added to global health costs by the fossil fuel industry do not exist and that the rise in power cost would be far more onerous than the heart disease, lung disease, lower intelligence in offspring and many other problems associated with fossil fuels.

And by the way, if fossil fuel companies were required to clean up their messes the price of fossil fuels would be quite a bit higher than the price of sustainable energy. This cost adjustment would drive the sustainable industry, technological improvements would follow rapidly due to the increase in research funding and the world would be a much cleaner place.

EV’s are not the problem, the problem our insistence on “cheap” energy no matter what the true cost.


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  • Bristolboy comments:
    "I agree fully with your smmary that it ultimately depends on the source of the electricity. In the UK the carbon emissions associated with electricity generation for a typical electric car like the Nissan Leaf are as good or better than the best diesels. However, this is getting better all the time due to higher renewables penetration. I would also estimate that those with electric cars are much more likely to be on “renewable” supply tariffs or have solar panels on their house and therefore will have lower emissions than the UK average. Of course, electric cars produce no emissions (other than manufacture) in countries where grid electricity is 100% renewable such as Norway, Iceland and Costa Rica and in these countries electric cars win hands down. "
    April 12, 2015 a 5:13 pm

  • vince adams comments:
    "Get the message, we are being feed rubbish from the Media to protect the existing forces of power, its time to wake and see whats happening before our own eyes or it will be to late. "
    March 15, 2015 a 10:12 am


04
SEP

Anna Celeste Watson says:
3 Recommended films to inspire you to action for Zero Waste Week


Category: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Film/Video, Sustainable Living
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As Zero Waste Week continues this week, I thought I would share a couple of films I have been recommended on the subject of reducing waste. Perhaps this is something like me, you can add to your #ZeroWasteWeek pledge (i.e., watch the films and be inspired, or maybe prodded more likely, into action!) or maybe Dorset Energized will put on a screening sometime – please let us know if you want to get involved with a film night or know anywhere in Dorset screening these!

1. Trashed (Feature Film, 2012)

Trashed – No Place For Waste, starring Jeremy Irons, looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current ‘waste industry’. The film premiered in Cannes 2012 and has won 8 awards.

You can watch this online for a very modest download fee – just go to http://www.trashedfilm.com/purchase or watch the trailer below:

2. N0 Impact Man (Feature Film, 2009)

In No Impact Man, Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year. It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage. No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle’s struggle with their radical lifestyle change.

You can watch this online for FREE – just go to http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/no_impact_man or watch the trailer below:

3. The Story of Stuff (Short Film, 2007)

The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.

You can watch this short film online for FREE – just go to http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff or watch the trailer below:

 

There’s so many more great looking environmental and food themed films out there I want to watch, but these 3 should do for now!

Please send us your reviews on these films and any other recommendations by submitting your Comments below : )



01
SEP

Lets Get Energized says:
Energize your day with It’s All Good Radio Show & Dorset Energized


Category: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Film/Video, Sustainable Living
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It’s all going on this week here at Dorset Energized, and its all good!!!

Dorset Energized are very excited to be working with the inspiring duo Debbie Hyde and David Durant who have created their own internet radio show entitled It’s All Good as co-founders of Media for Good, which is a non-profit partnership with the aim of harnessing the power of media to effect change towards a more sustainable economy and protection of the Earth’s resources.

Dorset Energized’s Vince Adams first met Debbie at Ecotricity’s Green Britain meeting in March 2014 in Brighton, and since then our team have been in talks with Debbie and David about how we can work together to help people get energized and create a renewable energy future…

It’s All Good Radio Podcasts

You can tune in to stories, news and interviews with people like you – creating a bright clean energy future, every week on the It’s All Good radio show podcasts on Renewable Energy which will also feature contributions from the Dorset Energized Team including our bloggers Vince Adams and Keith Wheaton-Green.

Debbie has also set herself a challenge to write a blog post every single day this September so make sure you check them out at www.itsallgoodradioshow.com

As Debbie says on her latest blog post Communicating a positive vision of a 100% clean energy future – we all have power and we all have choices. Every one of us has the opportunity to choose today to work towards a positive vision of a 100% clean energy future, for as William Ward says “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

She calls upon fellow broadcasters, advertisers, writers, bloggers, designers, photographers, film makers, actors, artists, musicians and singers – as “together we need to bring sustainable living to life and make it a natural part of our culture which is relevant and fun for all of us.”

We are right here with you Debbie and very much looking forward to sharing your shows…

Throughout September you’ll enjoy a mix of stories, news and interviews from people all around the world who are making the switch to renewable energy. Get involved and share your stories too. Just click onto www.itsallgoodradioshow.com plus check out the previous podcasts on Renewable Energy at http://www.mixcloud.com/debbiehyde88

Do YOU support a 100% Clean Energy Future?
Choose a way YOU can take action:

Here are some great actions Debbie also shared on her latest blog post we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss:

It’s All Good Radio Show is an internet radio show produced and presented by Debbie Hyde which is broadcast at 9pm GMT on http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk.



13
AUG

Lets Get Energized says:
Triodos Bank – 2014 Annual Meeting


Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Sustainable Living
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Triodos Bank – 2014 Annual Meeting

This sounds like a great event and clearly a lot different from traditional bank AGM`s – have a read of the information below and follow the link to more about this on the Triodos website.

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“Real Cost, True Value”

At the annual meeting this year the participants will be examining the real cost of food, energy, society and finance – demonstrating how the sustainable option provides true value in the long run.

There are some great speakers including, Patrick Holden, Director of The Sustainable Food Trust, Kids Company’s Camila Batmanghelidjh, Jeremy Leggett, Chairman of Solar Century and Charles Middleton, Managing Director of Triodos Bank.

This free event will also be a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in a more progressive approach to banking to find out more about Triodos Bank.

Time and location

Saturday, 13 September 2014 – 10am to 4pm
Brunel’s Old Station, The Passenger Shed, Station Approach, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Objectives

Triodos are looking to get in excess of 500 attendees on the day who will be a mixture of their partners, customers (savers, investors and businesses), and anyone else who has an interest in sustainability or is intrigued to find out more about them.

Further information

You can find out more about the events including exhibitors and our speakers’ bios at www.triodos.co.uk/annualmeeting



12
AUG

Lets Get Energized says:
Real World Economics Workshop – Bridport


Category: Competitions & Giveaways, Dorset Energized News, Energy Events in Dorset, Sustainable Living
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Real World Economics Workshop – Bridport

Dorset Energized and Respect Organics have joined forces to offer one free place to aspiring young people who might wish to increase their skill levels. We welcome applications from anyone interested in attending the course with a short CV and 50 words on why they would benefit from the course.

The poster for the workshop can be seen below – the Word version can be downloaded here: RealWorldEconomyPoster

Send your application to: vince@letsgetenergized.co.uk

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23
JUL

Lets Get Energized says:
Invitation to a Climate Change Workshop – Bridport


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 Invitation to a Climate Change Workshop – Bridport

Dorset Communities Living Sustainably has arranged a workshop about climate change and severe weather on Wednesday 30 July at Bridport Town Hall, starting at 5.30pm (registration from 5pm). The workshop will finish no later than 8.45pm and a light buffet will be provided during the evening.

As you can see from the attached invitation, the workshop will be presented with a possible scenario (circulated in advance) about future sever weather events that the community could experience, which will be used as a basis how Bridport and West Bay could be affected and options for how we can adapt.

You can download the Workshop Invite .pdf  here: Workshop invitation 30July2014

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23
MAY

Paul McIntosh says:
Opportunities in Renewable Energy for Communities


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Opportunities in Renewable Energy for Communities

We have been asked by North Dorset District Council to help publicize a free seminar they are holding on the 9th of June – we are happy to assist as the aim of the seminar is to inform and encourage local councils to make more use of renewable energy – Energizing Dorset

See the official press release below for more information:

Renewable Energy Benefits

Find out about the benefits of renewable energy at a seminar organised by North Dorset District Council at the Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna on Monday 9 June.

This free half-day seminar titled ‘Opportunities in Renewable Energy’ will inform Town and Parish Councillors, Neighborhood Planning Groups and others about how they can benefit from renewable energy technologies.

Renewable technologies can benefit community buildings or schools by providing an income through incentive schemes and cheaper energy. Also, by raising finance locally investors can contribute to the development of their assets whilst getting a good return on their money.

Delegates will learn about commercial schemes and how communities can negotiate with developers. They will also learn about best practice elsewhere in the country.

Presentations will be given by Dorset County Council, local company Community Heat & Power and regional support organisations.

For more information and to book a place, go to: http://dorsetreseminar.eventbrite.com or contact Paul McIntosh, Sustainability Officer at North Dorset District Council on 01258 484019.

The publicity “flyer” for the event can be downloaded here: Opportunities_renewable_energy_2014


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  • Vince Adams comments:
    "This initiative by NDDC is most welcomed as a push for those of us interested in creating and opening Community Renewable Projects. Clearly with so much to learn small groups like Stur Valley Energy and its IPS can benefit from help and assistance in insuring that there projects gather momentum and support from planners/authorities and in people in general.
    Clearly communities can benefit greatly from the whole notion of working together and we believe that anything is possible and will eventually ease the burden of rising energy costs and tackle some of the causes of climate change.
    Support Paul and his work at NDDC by attending the Seminar. "

    May 25, 2014 a 9:32 am


22
MAY

Guest Energizer says:
How to destabilise the Green Energy Market?


Category: Green Deal, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized
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How to destabilise the Green Energy Market?

Sent to us by Sally Cooke. This highly pertinent article might be of interest for Dorset Energized readers.

Written by Dr Philip Webber, a former research physicist and now visiting professor at the University of Leeds working to develop and finance city scale low carbon programmes, his opinion on the government’s recent track record on energy efficiency is :

“If you were trying to deliberately destabilise a market by misinformed intervention it would be hard to beat the last year of home energy efficiency finance.”

The article is available on the Scientists for Global Responsibility Website:

http://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/decc-creates-more-chaos-energy-efficiency-sector



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