Above the Clouds

Do you or your community want to be more sustainable? This is the page for you!

There are so many examples of good ideas and initiatives out there. This section of the website has been designed to share those good ideas, documents and advice. Its also good to share stuff that did not go so well so we keep learning. Please do send through stuff that might be helpful to our members and the whoever is visiting this site. Click on the button below to send us things that may be of interest - we will love you for it!

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Collection of case studies showing what some communities have done 

This excellent collection of case studies is designed to be used by county associations or local (parish and town) councils as an example of work that can be completed within your community. These are all examples of best practise and demonstrate actions large and small to benefit the health and wellbeing of residents.

 

This booklet is segregated into chapters; Carbon off-setting and reduction; Climate Change Forums; Community projects; Designing greener housing; Electric charging points; Energy and heating; Green travel; Plastic reduction; Trees and tree management. It is designed to incorporate all areas of climate change and sustainability and will be added to in due course.

Click HERE to view the report

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Warm & Green Homes Webinar -26th November - 7.30

An introduction to the top retrofitting priorities for a warm, eco-friendly home, plus information on costs, grants and other support. With a particular focus on the Government's Green Home Grants scheme. Sign up HERE.

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Poster - friendly and simple advice to help save the world!

This poster has been kindly sent in by Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon which provides simple friendly advice for those who want to lead a greener life. They have confirmed that they are very happy for it to be used and adapted to your community's needs. Enjoy and thanks to BoA

Simple click on the PDF file to see or download the poster

Friends of the Earth - Climate Action Plan for Councils

This is an excellent document that should be read and used by all councils to help guide them through the recovery from Covid 19. It should be of use to all sorts of councils from small parish councils to the likes of Wiltshire Council. It is also useful for those who would like to encourage their councils to have a green recovery plan (sounds familiar!)

 

Just click on the PDF file to view or download. 

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Poster - Food for thought

This Food for thought poster is another that has  been kindly sent in by Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon . Whatever your dietary preferences make well-produced food a high priority in your household budget.  Better for us - Better for the Environment.

Simple click on the PDF file to see or download the poster

Feel free to use and adapt for your needs

Ashden - A Toolkit for City Regions and Local Authorities

Climate Action - Co-Benefits

This toolkit is primarily intended for use by local authority officers when briefing elected members, mayors and senior managers. Each of the co-benefits sections includes facts and figures, links to data for local areas, the business case for taking action, opportunities for action and inspirational examples of successful initiatives from around the country.

 

Case studies are shown in boxes with Ashden Award winning organisations indicated via the Ashden logo. These can be used as the building blocks for making the case for action in your area; the intention is that users can pick and choose the messages and examples that will resonate in their areas.

 

The links to films in this toolkit are designed to bring to life some of the challenges that people in towns and cities face. The aim is to facilitate conversations around the co-benefits of climate action, ‘multi solving’ climate and social issues.

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Govt's New Home Deal a Flop? - Interesting article by Money Saving Expert

The new Green Homes Grant scheme is one of the Government's flagship Covid-recovery job-creation schemes, promising homeowners in England up to £5,000 free towards energy efficiency improvements. Yet it is being branded a massive flop by MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis on the back of feedback and his snapshot Twitter poll, which lays bare problems with the scheme. 

The Green Homes Grant, which opened at the end of September, gives vouchers to homeowners in England to help cover the cost of energy efficient improvements such as low-carbon heating systems and insulation. 

Read more HERE

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Two very interesting documents about food and carbon footprint.

We are seeing a growing interest in food and how it impacts on the environment. These two in-depth documents help to explain how we can ensure that we have a nutritionally balanced and varied dietary intake to promote our health, enjoyment and well being whilst also safeguarding the environment and wildlife - Thanks to the people at Climate friendly Bradford on Avon for carrying out such good research. 

Just click on the images to download the documents

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Future of Housing | Prefabrication is revolutionising refurbishments

As the UK housing crisis rumbles on, housing in the Netherlands is experiencing an offsite construction revolution.

With its faster build times, better quality and money-saving potential, modular construction could become a key means of reducing the UK’s housing deficit.

In September last year, the National Housing Federation said that an estimated 8.4M people in England are living in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable homes. Among other issues, the research found that 1.4M people live in poor quality homes and 3.6M are living in overcrowded conditions, while 400,000 people are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Click HERE to read all about it

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