Measuring community energy activity in Somerset

Who’s doing what? And how can we inspire others to join the action?

2 March 2010

A CSE-coordinated gathering taking place in Somerset early next month hopes to bring together around 100 delegates from across various groups and organisations in order to examine levels of community energy activity in the area.

The event aims to map the existing activity as well as placing energy issues onto the agendas of other community groups who aren’t currently active in this sector. Organiser Karen Lansdown added: “We’re also looking to add CSE’s support to community energy projects and initiatives in West Somerset, Sedgemoor and Taunton Deane, the three district councils which are funding the event.”

Taking place at the Victoria Park Community Centre in Bridgwater, between 12.45 and 17.00 on Saturday 10 April, the event includes a series of presentations for groups on how they can improve their energy management. “I’m delighted to say that one of our speakers is the inspirational Alexis Rowell” said Karen.

Alexis is the founder of cuttingthecarbon, a consultancy which helps businesses, organisations and public bodies to understand climate change and the implications of peak oil. He is also a councillor in the London Borough of Camden, and in February this year won the ‘sustainability councillor of the year’ at the LGUI Councillor Awards. He’s currently writing a book called ‘Communities, councils and a low carbon future – what we can do if government won’t’.

This will be followed by a presentation from Quantock Eco, a new group based on the well-established Bicknoller Eco Team which has enjoyed much success over the past couple of years.

Further presentations will follow, and there will be also exhibitions from local groups and organisations, including Warm Streets, Green Communities, Forum 21, Eco Exmoor, Domestic and General, and the South West Energy Saving Trust advice centre.

Delegates taking part will be able to work with facilitators from CSE to help them refine their activities, realise their aims, appreciate what barriers they’re facing, and to find out what support they need.

If you’d like to reserve a place at the event, email energy_bulletin@cse.org.uk by the end of March, including your full name, email address, phone number and the name of your organisation or group, if you are part of  one.

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