An evening of conversation around

A Zero Carbon Society

Thursday, 26 February 2015

 6 – 8:30pm

 registration starts at 5:30pm

 Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

Introductions and keynote speech will be made by Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion

Come watch the presentation and Q&A by Paul Allen, contributing author to the Zero Carbon Britain report, the Centre for Alternative Technology’s (CAT) flagship project that details how a modern, zero emissions society is possible using technologies that are available today.

Roundtable discussions will be lead by local experts in the field of Transport, Energy, Housing and Food from the Food Partnership, the Science Policy Research Unit from the University of Sussex, C Change sustainability group from the University of Brighton and the Bike Train.

The discussions will be followed by networking with drinks and nibbles to fuel your discussions.  This is a great opportunity to meet and speak to people who are on the frontlines of the transition to a zero carbon society.  Create links and share best practice with the local community during this inspiring event. Book your place for free to avoid disappointment.

BHESCo will be setting up an Energy Desk at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton on Saturday 17th January.

We will be giving expert advice about reducing energy costs, including cost effective ways to keep your home warm, checking whether you are on the right tarrif, and what support you can expect from your supplier.

Bring along your fuel bills so we can check them and see if you are paying a fair amount, and if not we will suggest ways to put this right.

repair cafe

Alongside our energy desk, in the next room, will be the Repair Cafe.  If you have something that needs repairing, such as clothing, equipment or bicycles, and you are thinking of throwing it away, bring it along and get help and advice about giving it a new lease of life.

BHESCo’s Energy Desk will run from 10am – 2pm. The Repair Cafe runs from 11.00 am – 1.00pm

The BevyBritain’s first ever community-owned pub on a housing estate is set to re-open after a 3-year campaign by local residents, and the party will kick off with a blessing from the local Vicar who has done so much to make the miracle happen.

Father John Wall, the Vicar of Moulsecoomb in Brighton, will be blessing the re-opening of The Bevy on Saturday 13th December 5.30pm.

The Bevy will be the first community-owned pub on a housing estate in the UK – but will be so much more than just a pub. Bucking the trend of 20 pubs closing a week, the Bevy will not just be serving beers, but be a much-needed family-oriented pub and café for the Bevendean and Moulsecoomb communities.

Formerly The Bevendean Hotel, it closed in 2010 leaving nearly 18,000 people miles away from a pub despite being part of one of Britain’s liveliest cities.  Residents fought to get the old pub re-opened and have raised much of the £200,000 needed themselves and regular ‘work-ins’ have seen volunteers give up their weekends to fit out the pub ahead of its grand opening.

More than 700 people have bought ‘community shares’ and are now owners of the pub – the most of any co-op pub in the country.

big energy saving NetworkBHESCo, as a Champion of the Big Energy Savings Network, is now working with community groups, schools and charities to provide useful advice to people about how to stay warmer for less this winter.

Founder Director Kayla Ente has visited St Nicholas Church and Varndean School over the past month, emphasizing the fact that if you haven’t switched suppliers once your fixed contract expires, it is likely that you are paying too much on your energy bills.

At Varndean School, Kayla spoke to 20 parents about ways to prevent and treat damp, helped parents switch tariffs and helped resolve a problem a parent had with a prepayment meter. An average of £200 per household was saved just by switching energy supplier.  This can make a contribution to reducing fuel debt, providing more disposable income for families.

A week later BHESCO had a stand at the AMAZE Info Fair, where Kayla spoke to parents of children with Special Education Needs and disabilities about their energy usage, advising some about whether they were on the best tariff and about energy savings measures they can take in their homes.

More recently, BHESCo ran a workshop in conjunction with National Energy Action at The Space Place at the Hanover Community Centre. While the ladies were busy sewing draught excluders out of beautiful recycled fabric, BHESCo was providing knowledgeable advice and help with their energy bills.  Again, an average of £200 per year was saved on energy bills by switching to a lower tariff.

Forthcoming events on 15 December include a lunchtime presentation at AGE UK for front line workers, and on 15 January a workshop for frontline workers from Brighton & Hove County Council at the Brighthelm Centre and on 13 January at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Hove.

Look out, too, for the Older People’s forum which BHESCO are hosting at their base at the Brighthelm centre on 22 January.

 

Picture2The next Power to the People talk is being held on Tuesday 30 September, 19.30-21.00 at the Brighthelm Centre. 

Howard Johns, solar energy pioneer, will be the keynote speaker sharing insights from his forthcoming book on community energy: “Energy Revolution: Your Guide to Making it Happen”.

Howard in considered to be one of the UK’s top renewable energy gurus and is Managing Director of Southern Solar, former Chairman of the Solar Trade Association, and co-founder of OVESCO, the first community owned solar PV schemes in the country, sited on the roof of Harvey’s Brewery.

This is the third in this series of talks organised by Community Energy South, an umbrella group of organisations who have come together to promote community energy projects in the South of England. For more information, see: http://communityenergysouth.org.uk/.
The talk is hosted by the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD (just 5 minutes from Brighton Station). Informal networking (with drinks and delicious snacks) begins at 19.00. The talk runs from 19.30-21.00, with time for further networking afterwards.  It will be a great opportunity to meet community energy enthusiasts and experts from across the South.
Tickets cost £5 on the door (£3 concessions). To reserve your place, fill in the online form at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8N28QLM

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