New PaperTies offer a plastic-free, sustainable option for M&S packaging

M&S, working with Design Futures at Sheffield Hallam University, has launched a new packaging innovation that will make it much easier to remove toys from their box and could see the end of the fiddly plastic ties and wire clips widely used in toy packaging. Read more »

Harrowbeer Mews, Yelverton: the new sustainable development within Dartmoor National Park

A striking new sustainable development on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park demonstrates how good planning works at its best – with the landscape and the community in mind. Harrowbeer Mews in Yelverton is a stunning contemporary residential and commercial development, constructed with the heritage materials of Dartmoor (slate, timber and stone) whilst providing much needed housing and commercial lettings. Read more »

Electricity from wave power moves closer after Ecotricity’s successful test of British-made Searaser 'Seamill'

Alvin Smith with the Searaser © Megan Walker

Generating electricity from wave power in Britain took a step closer to reality this week after green energy company Ecotricity’s innovative device – Searaser – successfully completed first stage testing at Plymouth University’s CoastLAB wave tank.

The brainchild of British inventor Alvin Smith, Searaser is designed to overcome two of the biggest hurdles in the deployment of renewable energy on a scale that fulfils Britain’s future electricity needs – cost and variable output. Read more »

Honda drivers win 2014 MPG Marathon title in photo-finish as electric vehicles compete equally using less energy and no pollution

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Jerry Clist, maintenance controller at ALD Automotive(left) and co-driver Peter Thompson

The electric vehicles taking part in this year’s MPG Marathon demonstrated how cost effective and reliable they were by completing the course in virtually the same time as their competitors – but by using less energy and with no pollution.

Three electric vehicles took part for the first time in the 23-team eco-driving event, which was again sponsored by ALD Automotive and TRACKER and was won by Honda engineers Fergal McGrath and James Warren, driving a Honda Civic Tourer and recording an outstanding 97.92mpg. Read more »

Winter Bird Watching Walk

02/11/2014 09:30
02/11/2014 11:00

Event Description

Our coldest season is a wonderful time to visit WWT London Wetland Centre, with the colourful winter birds decked out in their finest plumage. Our warden will guide you around the wildlife reserve to see what’s about and give you tips on field-craft and bird ID. Read more »

Surfers Against Sewage call for innovative new measures to rid the UK coastline of marine litter

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a crucial new environmental report calling for a 50% reduction in UK beach litter by 2020. The Marine Litter Report sounds the alarm for the UK’s trashed tidelines, highlighting the environmental impacts on marine ecosystems and wildlife, and the unaffordable costs to industries including fisheries and tourism. Read more »

Halloweden: Halloween at the Eden Project

25/10/2014
02/11/2014

Event Description

This half term the Eden Project will be transformed into a wand-erful world of magic and mystery as Witch from Room on the Broom takes up residence from October 25 until November 2.

Visitors will be welcomed into the world of Room on the Broom, created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. They can not only meet the star of the well-loved story, but also conjure up their own magical witch’s hat, make headdresses inspired by their favourite characters and design their own ‘room on a broom’. Read more »

Stakeholder Engagement

03/12/2014 10:00
03/12/2014 16:00

Event Description

This training will help you understand how to keep your collaborators happy and engage them in a way that is effective, innovative and inspiring. Every organisation has responsibilities to those who make you who you are. These could be your supporters, your funders, your board, your staff or your trustees.

To ensure that you keep receiving and building on the support network you have created it is crucial that you continue to develop effective and enduring stakeholder relationships - and this course will teach you how.

You will learn:

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Bath Green Homes: Eco-refurbishment and The Green Deal

19/11/2014 09:00
19/11/2014 17:00

Event Description

As part of Bath Green Homes, this event is aimed at home owners and professionals. The whole day seminar covers the process of eco-refurbishment using case studies of homes from the Georgian period through to 20th century houses with a particular focus on what measures are appropriate for traditional and historic homes.

In this training course you’ll learn from The Green Register’s expert trainers that eco-refurbishment is a complex process which looks at the entire house and how it can be holistically improved. Read more »

World trapped by ‘Toxic Triangle’ that puts profit for the few ahead of a sustainable future for all

People around the world are trapped in a ‘toxic triangle’ made up of short-term financial investors, timid governments and fossil fuel companies, which threatens to push up global temperatures, putting 400 million people at risk of hunger and drought by 2060, Oxfam has warned.

Oxfam’s new report Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance shows that this ‘toxic triangle’ supported spending of $674 billion on fossil fuels in 2012. Read more »

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