Author Archives: Simon Berry

Practical partnerships to tackle climate change

NCVO are hosting a breakfast seminar at the NCVO headquarters on 29 June.  The event – A Climate for Change? - will be an opportunity to join leading figures from business and voluntary organisations to find out how effective business/charity partnerships can address key issues and develop successful practical approaches to tackle climate change. Dame Julia [...]

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Secondment opportunity withdrawn

The secondment opportunity to lead Defra’s Civil Society team has been withdrawn. This is in response to a government-wide freeze on recruitment included in the package of spending cuts announced by the Treasury on Monday (24/5/10). The freeze on external recruitment is one of a number of financial disciplines imposed by the Treasury and with [...]

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Building Greener Communities – 27-28 May

Carbon Descent and the London Borough of Lambeth, partners in the Ecostiler project, have been working with two estates and six schools to install renewable energy technology. This has involved the installation of insulation measures on the estates, as well as community energy efficiency outreach work and training for professionals. A number of feasibility studies [...]

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Two new opportunities at LEAF

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) currently have two vacancies based at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, for two motivated and self-directed individuals. Event Manager To co-ordinate and manage LEAF’s portfolio of events, including Open Farm Sunday Integrated Farm Management Development Co-ordinator To manage LEAF’s Demonstration Network and an exciting new project addressing sustainable farming. For more [...]

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Climate Change: Taking Action

In July 2009, the Government published the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (LCTP). Part of the LCTP was to give each major government department a share of the responsibility to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Since publication of the LCTP, the Government has developed the system of departmental carbon budgets. Today (31/3/10), the Government published [...]

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4 government departments, 16 third sector orgainsations: Task Force Report available

The report on the joint Ministerial and Third Sector Task Force on Climate Change, the Environment and Sustainable Development has just been released and can be downloaded from the third sector homepage on the Defra website. In the press note Defra’s Third Sector Minister, Huw Irranca Davies said: This report breaks new ground. It is [...]

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Talk to Hilary Benn about a greener society

Hilary Benn will be participating in a Webchat on the Number 10 website on Wednesday 3 March at 14:00 GMT. The theme will be ‘A Greener Society’. This is how the session is trailed on the Number 10 website: To reduce the rate of climate change and adapt to the effects of a warming planet, [...]

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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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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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