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Free online course – Solving the Energy Puzzle: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Energy Transition

Solving the Energy Puzzle – University of Groningen.

Learn how to analyse energy transition cases from technological, legal, economics, spatial, and social perspectives.

Starts 12 October.

Visit website for further information.

Two upcoming Essex Sustainability Iinstitute events on food and energy

Dear colleagues and friends,The Essex Sustainability Institute would like to invite you for two upcoming events arranged to critically address two of today’s crucial environmental and societal issues: food and energy production.We would be delighted to meet you at these seminars. May we kindly ask you to forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested.Thank you very much indeed,

Essex Sustainability Institute


What will the future energy community look like? From grassroots movements to green politics and corporate environmentalism

A range speakers, who are “activists” within their everyday work, will engage with this question. From a progressive eco-artist, a risk-taking CEO within Wave Power, a passionate low-carbon county council officer, a Green Human Resource Manager, a green party politician and representatives from various green activist NGOs.

Essex Sustainability Institute

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 from 13:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

Colchester, United Kingdom
Registration required at:



Fruits of our Labour: Work, labour and the
political economy of our food system

The Future of our Food is a major new seminar series funded by the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council. It will bring people together to jointly explore emerging challenges in agriculture and food in the UK and globally. Each seminar will explore themes of resilience, sustainability, nutritional security, public health, well-being and justice in the food system.

Essex Sustainability Institute

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 09:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

Colchester, United Kingdom
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To register for either of the events please click here

If you have any queries regarding this invitation, or would like furtherinformation regarding the ESI, pleaseemail: essexsustainabilityinstituteBest Wishes,

The Essex Sustainability Institute

Website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/esi/

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Green Open Day at the Centre for Disability Studies on 24th September

Essex Community Energy Fortnight

Learn how to make your home cosier and save £’s on energy

Visit the Green Open Day at the Centre for Disability Studies, 34 Rocheway, Rochford SS4 1DQ on 24th September from 10am to 2pm for a guided tour of their eco-building and learn how to reduce energy use at home.

Why not pop along and see how green technologies work in real life? And if you needed an extra incentive to participate, there will be tea, cakes and prizes!

The Centre for Disability Studies is an exemplar of green building and accessible design. It has been built using Passivhaus design principles, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building. Electricity is generated by solar panels and design has focused on maximising daylighting and passive solar gain. Overall, the building achieves an exceptionally high standard of thermal performance, meaning low running costs for their charity and excellent internal comfort for building users over many years.

Booking is preferred, but not essential. Please register your interest in this event by emailing luciana.almeida.

If you can’t make the event, you can still learn how to save energy at home by joining a FREE HOME ENERGY SAVING webinar, on the 18th September at 1pm. Register your interest here and you will be sent details on how to login on the day.

The Centre’s website is www.disabilityessex.org. The Community Energy Fortnight (13th to 28th September) is a national campaign to celebrate how communities across the UK are generating, owning and saving energy.

Green Open Communities – Community Energy Event

Places are limited, but if this is of interest you can book your place by getting in touch with Ashwin Patel on 01702 212805 or emailing ashwinpatel@southend.gov.uk. Additional information the events can be found here: http://ukcec.org/green-open-communities-southend

Southend Energy – are you ready to join the local energy revolution?!

The first meeting to test the idea of Southend Energy took place last Thursday 27/02/2014 in the Olde Trout

Southend Energy so far is a spark in the eye of a group of people who are having a vision for an Energy Autonomous Southend-on-Sea. A Southend-on-Sea where energy conservation schemes and renewable energy generation projects have resulted in all Southend’s residents’, buildings’ and  businesses’ energy needs being meet locally which increase local resilience against impacts of volatile global energy markets and which support a thriving economy.

Get on board and get in touch. Next networking meeting at Forum library after the East of England Low Carbon conference at 18:00.

Initially the group hopes to organise meetings to learn about energy conservation and generation and start projects locally.

Join the Facebook group, leave comments below or email Southend in Transition.

See Mind Map from meeting and imagine the possibilities…


Southend Energy networking meeting 27/02 Thursday 19:00

Hello,as you might remember back in November and December 2013 we have meet up as a small group including representatives of Trust Links and Pure Leapfrog. Within only a few days we completed what I think was a great application to apply for a mentorship grant to enable to mentor a new Southend group in setting up community energy conservation and renewable energy generating projects.

Unfortunately or fortunately there is hunger in the communities across UK to start community energy projects, the competition was tough and we did not get the grant. Thanks to everyone who chipped in ideas and helped to write the application.

Nevertheless the conversations fired up mine and others imagination and with the upcoming CREST* conference I suggest we meet up again to regroup to move us towards greater energy resilience.

**Next meeting will be on the 27th Thursday from 19:00 at the Olde Trout Pub(opposite Sainsbury’s) upstairs. The usual Transition Drinks will take place downstairs but if you want to join our conversation please do.

Suggested agenda:

1)Mapping what is happening locally, regionally, nationally?

2)What could we create or support in Southend-on-Sea?

3)Next steps.

4)Confirmation of another networking meeting for Southend-on-Sea Energy after CREST conference 5th March Wed 18:00 at the Forum

Please forward this message to your networks and publish on Facebook and blogs to attract a variety of people. We need passionate people like you to take the idea forward towards realisation.

Please email me if you think you might be coming so I can gauge the numbers.Thanks.

***The East of England Low Carbon Schools and Community Energy Conference is Southend Borough Council’s fourth annual low-carbon and sustainability conference. Get your free ticket here

**For community energy news sign up at http://www.energyshare.com/

***ideas for community energy projects

The CREST: Schools and Community Energy Conference 5th March 2014

The CREST: Schools and Community Energy Conference is Southend on Sea Borough Council’s fourth annual low-carbon and sustainability conference, which will take place throughout the afternoon of Wednesday 5th March 2014 at the Forum, Southend on Sea
The first session of the Conference focuses upon schools as an example of how a successful energy efficiency programme and an uptake in renewable technologies not only results in cost savings and establishing new revenue streams but can improve the educational/learning environment and help Local Authorities to deliver key objectives around fuel poverty, health, education, transport and community cohesion.
The second session addresses the increasingly important role that Local Authorities have to play in the financing of the local low-carbon economy. Adopting the right inward investment strategy and financial approach can create jobs, reduce costs across the public and private sector, grow the local economy and be key in supporting the regeneration of an area.
A full agenda will be published at the beginning of February, but confirmed speakers include:
Pure Leapfrog
Marksman Consulting
Cambridgeshire County Council
West Sussex County Council
You can register your interest in attending the conference at www.crest.eventbrite.com
CREST – or Community Retrofit through Sustainable Technologies – is an ERDF funded project that aims to highlight the benefits that sustainable technologies can bring to organisations. You can find out more information here

Eco house open weekend 8th and 9th of September.

Chris and Rosie will be hosting another open weekend at their Eco house at 193 Burrs Road, Clacton.

Rosie and Chris’s home is a designated LAND Permaculture demonstration project by the UK Permaculture Association.   Visitors can see examples of solar electricity and water heating panels in action, wood fired cooking and central heating and a reed bed recycling our ’grey’ water. Chris and Rosie provide more than 50% of the food they eat from their garden and are happy to share their growing techniques.  They are also able to talk to people about recycling, keeping chickens and bees.  Entry is free.

The house if open from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September

More information on www.ecodiy.org or ring on 01255 254548, email chris@ecodiy.org

All the best

Blog: http://ecodiy-chrisjs.blogspot.com/
My contact details
193 Burrs Rd
Clacton-on-sea CO15 4LN
01255 254548

Solar Power for St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s is the host of Milton Community Partnership and its many community focused activities and is looking now to harness sun power!

They were able to obtain a number of grants to pay towards a solar panel array which will enable it to generate electricity for the hall and church and an income to enable it to continue its role in the community.

They need £8000 more so please get in touch with them if you want to sponsor a solar panel at St Mark’s and offset your use of carbon, honour a loved one or mark a celebration. Pledge your gift: miltoncommunity@hotmail.com or contact the office: 01702 341605.

The only Way is Green (TWIG)

… is a community project funded by Department for Energy and Climate
Change (DECC) to engage Southend-on- Sea residents in increasing energy
saving measures in their homes.

Twig is trying now to spread it’s message. This includes a Popup Shop
in Hamlet Court Road, Southend as well as a mobile unit, which will be
visiting locations and events all around the Southend area. We will
also be organising our own events to help share our knowledge and
information on becoming more eco-friendly (source: TWIG website)