East Midlands workshops

Community renewable energy in Newark, Matlock, Corby and Leicester

8 September 2011

CSE is jointly running a series of free one-day workshops across the East Midlands. These are designed to help community groups, individuals and councillors engage with planning and low-carbon development – and demonstrate how communities can develop renewable energy projects. See below for dates and venues.

Update 13 October: The response to the first two workshops (Newark, 7 October 2011 and Matlock, 8th October 2011) has been very positive. See below for feedback.

Each workshop will open with a keynote speaker, and will feature a range of hands-on sessions. The morning will focus on how communities can get involved in local plan making, with the afternoon looking at renewable energy technologies, climate change adaptation, community engagement, and funding issues.

Participants will get the chance to check out the PlanLoCaL model, a scale model of a town that is used to enliven and inform discussions on planning issues surround renewable energy installations.

There will also be screenings of, and discussions around, selected PlanLoCaL films, which include case studies and information on how to set up renewable energy projects.

To confirm your place, email your name, job title (if relevant), organisation, contact email address and phone number to kirsty.mitchell@cse.org.uk. Also state any special dietary or access requirements, and the above location. Please note that pre-booking is essential.

Dates and venues for the East Midlands workshops

7 October | Bowbridge Primary School, Newark

8 October | County Hall, Matlock

28 October | The Cube, Corby | download leaflet

29 October | DeMontfort University, Leicester | download leaflet

Feedback from attendees of the first two training sessions (Newark and Matlock):

"I have learned a lot today. It's been very interesting and will be useful."
Energy Officer, Derby City Council
"Great range of speakers, topics, exercises and info. Many thanks for such a rich and enjoyable day. Keep up the good work!"
Climate Change Officer, Peak District National Park Authority

"Would have taken months of research to have achieved this myself."
Attendee from Milford and Makeney community group   

"An excellent event, informative and participative and very enjoyable."

Attendee from St Andrew's Church

"The [PlanLoCal] pack will be very useful for presentation to local groups and stakeholders."
Treasurer, Transition Buxton

"Good for networking. Empowering event overall."
Student, Sheffield Hallam University

The workshops are funded by Groundwork East Midlands through Climate East Midlands and the East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership, and run by CSE in association with Marches Energy Agency.

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