Get Generating – A Renewable Energy Guide for Rural Communities

Get Generating: A Renewable Energy Guide for Rural Communities is a new resource that gives an overview of community based renewable energy options. The guide, produced by The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) in partnership with Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), aims to help rural communities interested in generating renewable energy locally.

“Rural communities are becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities that renewable energy can offer particularly for the many rural areas that do not have a mains gas connection. However the huge range of organisations, resources and information available nationally and locally on renewable energy can be confusing. This new guide is now available to assist groups in considering their option when thinking about developing a renewable energy scheme.”

You can download a copy of the guide at: Get Generating A Renewable Energy Guide for Rural Communities

via Shrinking the Footprint website

Your Church and Solar PV

Information to help churches exploring installing solar PV.

The Diocese of Oxford has produced an information sheet that introduces how solar energy could be used to generate electricity in your church, as well as help you assess the suitability of your church and provides a list of things to consider as you develop a project to install solar panels.

There is also advice about how your church may be able to benefit from the government Feed-In-Tariff. Read more and download the guide…

The Climate Crisis: Why is nothing Happening? – 6th June 2011

Operation Noah will be holding its Annual Supporters Meeting on Monday 6th June, followed by a seminar entitled, “The Climate Crisis: Why is nothing Happening? –  A Social, Political and Moral Perspective on Obstacles to Action”

The  seminar will be led by Lynn McDonald,  University Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph, & former member of the Canadian Parliament,  A Director of the Climate Action Network of Canada and  Co-founder of JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice

Time and Date: Monday 6th June 2011 – 4pm:  Annual Supporters Meeting and 6pm Seminar

Venue: Friends meeting house, 173 Euston Road,London NW1 2BJ

For further details visit the Operation Noah website.

To confirm attendance contact  the Operation Noah administrator, Natalie Hall, on 07766758499 or


Lord Stern at Dorchester Lecture – 16 June 2011

Lord Stern will give the annual Dorchester Lecture this year at Dorchester Abbey on Thursday 16 June 2011.

Professor of Economics and Government at London School of Economics and Political Science and former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Lord Stern is an expert on environment and climate change issues and the author of ‘The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review’ and ‘Blueprint for a Safer Planet: How to Manage Climate Change and Create a New Era of Progress and Prosperity’.

The lecture will be entitled ‘Building a low-carbon world: the sixth industrial revolution’, and will argue that we need a fresh industrial revolution based on new forms of energy, and will be followed by question and discussion.

Venue: Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames

Time and date: 7.30pm on Thursday 16 June

Tickets, priced at £10 (students £5), are available at the door from 6.45 or in advance from Susan Jupp by phoning 01865 341066.

A glass of wine or fruit juice, or a cup of coffee, is included in the ticket price and advance booking secures preferential seating. Lord Stern will sign copies of his latest book, which will be available for purchase at the event.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Friends of Dorchester Abbey who raise funds for the conservation and maintenance of the Abbey.

TOE2 funding

Could your environment project benefit fromk £2,000?

TOE2 is a new venture developed by the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) to drive the strategic direction of community environmental initiatives in Oxfordshire. Working with a wide range of organisations, including the Landfill Communities Fund, TOE2 will make funds of up to £2000 available to environmental projects in communities across Oxfordshire.

TOE2 will provide support and funding for communities wishing to:

  • Promote and improve the biodiversity of Oxfordshire’s wildlife habitats
  • Encourage and develop the sustainable use of renewable resources
  • Increase access to the local countryside and green spaces

TOE2 has a clear set of funding guidelines closely matched to strategic priorities in these three areas in Oxfordshire, whilst supporting the delivery of projects at the community level. TOE2 are inviting applications from eligible environmental projects where funding of up to £2000 will make a significant contribution and which:

  • Are located within 10 miles of a registered landfill site
  • Are non-profit making
  • Can be delivered and completed in a short timescale

For further information on applications or on working with TOE2 to fund local projects, contact Fiona Danks on 01865 883488 or or