Monthly Archives: February 2010

Defra on food waste and anaerobic digestion

Food 2030, the Government’s food strategy, makes tackling food waste one of its six priorities. The goal is to avoid food waste as much as possible at every stage in the supply chain – from production and manufacturing through distribution and retail to waste-conscious consumers. This must be done in ways that do not compromise food [...]

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Win the ultimate social enter-prize!

Win the ultimate social enter-prize, an exclusive one-on-one mentoring session with one of the 28 UK Social Enterprise Ambassadors! The Social Enterprise Ambassador programme has launched its first-ever mentoring competition, offering exclusive access to all 28 ambassadors’ offices, insights and experience as prizes. In order to win, entrants must explain in 150 words or less [...]

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Mass localism – NESTA discussion paper

This discussion paper was launched today (23/2/10) and takes the lessons from NESTA’s Big Green Challenge and suggests 5 lessons that policymakers should use in developing programmes that impact on and involve local communities. The five principles were: Establish clear measureable outcomes; Presume community capacity to innovate; In the early stages, challenge and advice is more useful than cash; [...]

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Raising awareness of social enterprise within Defra

[Guest post by The Plunkett Foundation] The role of social enterprise in contributing to Defra’s objectives was the flavour of the hour at a recent Defra lunchtime policy seminar (11/2/10). Peter Couchman of the Plunkett Foundation, outlined the multiple outcomes, relevant to goverments, that social enterprises deliver.  For example, Rockingham Forest Trust in Northamptonshire, which in addition [...]

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Joint third sector and ministerial Task Force – report launch

You are invited to the launch of Shaping our future The report from the joint ministerial and third sector Task Force on climate change, the environment and sustainable development Date: Tuesday March 9th Time: Registration from 5:30 for a prompt 6:00 start Location: tbc (central London) Format: The event will be followed by a drinks [...]

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Community Sector and Climate Change Event 20 Feb 2010

Common Ground for Local Action* – testing the links between localists, the community sector and climate change campaigning *In conjunction with UCL Bartlett School of Planning – Michael Edwards Date: Saturday 20th February 2010 Time: 12.30 to 5 p.m. Venue: The Roberts Foyer, University College London (UCL) Engineering Building, London WC1E 7JE >>map (facing Waterstones, Torrington [...]

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Survey: tackling poverty and discrimination, improving job opportunities and protecting the environment

The Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) has launched a new project looking at local-level work to tackle poverty, discrimination and disadvantage, improve job opportunities and protect the environment. We would like to find out about the work currently being done by local organisations across the UK. They are keen to hear from all types of organisations, [...]

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Climate adaptation guide for elected members

This guide on climate change adaptation was launched at the LGA conference on 27/1/10. It is aimed at elected members of local councils but many third sector organisations will also find it useful. This publication, produced in conjunction with Defra and UKCIP, offers key decision makers in local authorities a short introduction into the climate projections: [...]

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Jonathon Porritt to speak out for BTCV

In February’s Radio 4 appeal, environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt will make a passionate plea in support of BTCV. Listen out – Sunday 7 February at 07.55 and 21.26, and Thursday 11 February at 15.27 on FM 92.4-94.6 and LW 198m. …and online from 7 February. For more information visit www.btcv.org.uk. BTCV in the news: [...]

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Planning: how to use the system

Entrepreneurs, campaigners, developers, third sector organisations trying to do things locally will all have a view on the planning system and it may not be a positive one. This is a theme that has come up during the work of the joint ministerial and third sector task force on climate change, the environment and sustainable [...]

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