June 2013

Inclusion in this calendar is NOT a guarantee of quality. If we think something is extremely likely to be worth your time, then we will put one or more little “thumbs up” icons next to it. We a) are maybe prejudiced about some groups b) have specific criteria about usefulness and c) could be wrong.

Sat 22nd – Sun 30th Didsbury Arts Festival 2013

Thursday 27th June 10.30-5pm, Seminar 2 – Community Building Retrofit – investing in large scale energy efficiency

Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester

  • Do you run or own a community building such as a Community Hub or Church Hall?
  • Is the building cold and under-heated yet utility bills skyrocketing?
  • Would you like to invest in energy efficiency but don’t know where to start

Carbon Co-op is delivering a free seminar on community building retrofit. This seminar is for organisations that wish to make investments in their building to achieve large savings in energy bills and carbon emissions. We will go way beyond measures such as changing light bulbs or turning computer monitors to standby.

Issues covered:

  • Assessments: understanding energy usage and creating an action plan
  • Heating systems eg biomass boilers, solar hot water
  • Installing energy generation eg solar panels
  • Case studies from organisations who have delivered successful community building retrofit projects
  • Finance options
  • Featuring advice on retrofit from award winning consultants URBED


  • Marianne Heaslip, URBED
  • Frank McGrath, Riversmeet, Cockermouth
  • TBC: Cumbria Action for Sustainability

Cost: Free

To book: the seminar is open to any community organisation but those who own or run community buildings in Greater Manchester will be prioritised. Complete and return this application form to jonathan@carbon.coop to attend.

Thurs 27th June, 6pm “Fuelling Manchester,” Manchester City Centre.

Sat 29th 7am to 1pm South Manchester Bike Jumble
Parrswood Environmental Centre
Plenty of bargains and great atmosphere at the Parswood Environmental Centre.
Coffees, Teas, Cakes and other delights will be provided by Manchester’s own Coffee Cranks Cooperative.
It’s FREE for all those buying.
If you’re selling:
It’s £8 if you’re in a car. And a symbolic £1 if you just want to sell a few bits and bobs and come an a bike.
All proceeds go to charity. See you all there!

Sun June 30, 12:30pm to 6pm ‘Shift’ conference – An Economy for the 99%
St Clement’s Church High Lane Chorlton, Manchester
Climate Survivors, along with the Alliance for Jobs and Climate, is organising this conference. The aims are:
* To come together and discuss an economy for people and planet and a plan to achieve this
* To share local solutions such as food growing, microgeneration of energy, people’s cooperatives
* To provide information in an understandable form for those new to campaigning for climate and jobs


Sunday 2nd June Manchester Day Parade  “Wish you were here” etc etc

Monday 3rd June, 7-9pm  Withington Eco-house meeting upstairs at Fuel bar in Withington, where there will be an intro to the project and guest speakers talking with the group about their communal living experiences. The rest of the evening will be an opportunity to meet other people and find out more about the house and the co-operative.We are still looking for more members for the co-operative, so if you are interested, please get in touch with us at: withington-coop-ecohouse@unfinished.org.uk and come along on the night

Friday 7th June 10.30-5pm, Seminar 1 – Developing a Community Renewables Project
MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

  • Have you established a community project to save carbon or generate renewable energy?
  • Need assistance understanding kilowatt hours or energy ratings?
  • Don’t know where to start when it comes to finding an installer or supplier?

Carbon Co-op is delivering a free seminar on negotiating the technical aspects of a community renewables project. From calculating how much energy a solar panel will generate to putting together a tender document, we aim to help you bridge the gap between your vision and the reality of delivery.
Issues covered:

  • Developing a technical feasibility study
  • Calculating energy generation
  • Finding and working with suppliers
  • Case studies from organisations who have delivered successful community renewables projects
  • Sources of help and advice


  • Alex Moody, Sustainability Consultant
  • Marianne Heaslip, URBED

The seminar is open to any community organisations with renewables or retrofit projects but those with projects in development in Greater Manchester will be prioritised. If you are merely interested in starting a community renewables or retrofit project this seminar isn’t for you.
Cost: Free
To book: complete and return this application form to jonathan@carbon.coop to attend.

Tues 11th, 6.45pm to 9pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Full Group Meeting, Greenfish Resource Centre, Oldham St. http://manchesterfoe.org.uk/

Wednesday 12th June 3.30pm ‘From Here to 2050: Low-Carbon Energy System Trajectories for the UK’ by Professor Paul Ekins, Director of the UCL Institute for
Sustainable Resources at University College London on (room C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street).
From Here to 2050: Low-Carbon Energy System Trajectories for the UK Professor Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London (biography attached)
Over the last eight years the UK MARKAL energy system model has been used to deliver insights into how a low-carbon energy system for the UK might develop and how it might look in 2050. This seminar will give an overview of four scenario sets from the model that were used for this purpose, carried out by different modelling teams at different times with changes in assumptions. The results that emerge are fascinating in both their differences and their similarities, the former showing some of the key uncertainties in how the UK energy system might develop, and the latter giving more robust insights into some of the things that will need to happen if the UK’s carbon targets are to be met. The seminar will explore these necessary developments and speculate about the policies that might be needed to bring them about.

Thursday 13th June, 12pm to 2pm In Place of Growth: What new thinking and language do we need to revitalize local economies? Room AG9, Ellen Wilkinson Building University of Manchester, Oxford Road. Building No 77 on campus map: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/medialibrary/maps/campusmap.pdf
See steadystatemanchester.net for more info

Thurs 13th June, 6pm to 8.30pm North West Sustainable Business Quarterly “The sustainability specialist – the conscience of the business?”
Location: Bruntwood’s City Tower

Thursday 13 7pm – 9pm Manchester Green Party policy event “Democracy, Education, Justice, Services” Help form the basis for the manifesto for 2014. Free event at the Friends Meeting House, open to everyone.

Thu 13 Jun, 7pm to 8.30pm : Manchester Friends of the Earth climate campaign meeting; “Our monthly climate campaign meeting at which we’ll be catching up on the latest news about the Clean British Energy campaign and planning a new campaign aimed at greening rented homes. If you’d like to join us, please text Ali on 07786 090520 so we know to expect you.” Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

Sat 15 Jun: Manchester’s first Feeding the 5000
Following the success of events in London, Bristol and Paris, Feeding the 5000 is coming to Manchester. Come along and be one of 5,000 people to enjoy a delicious free hot vegetarian meal made entirely out of food would otherwise go to waste.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness about the scale of the problem of food waste and highlight how businesses, governments and individuals can help.
The event is organised and supported by: Feeding the 5000, EMERGE/Fareshare North West, Manchester Friends of the Earth,Feeding Manchester, Cracking Good Food,Abundance Manchester, Foodlink North West, and many others.
Cracking Good Food will be running a series of hands-on cooking sessions alongside the main event, and there will be information and campaigning stalls providing advice on practical solutions to food waste, as well as activities for children.
Join us and share this invitation with your friends – we hope to see you there!
Sign the Feeding the 5000 pledge on http://www.feeding5k.org and spread the word!
For more details please email manchester@feeding5k.org
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you would like to help us chop vegetables, serve the curry and other exciting things on the day, please fill in our online application form.
When: Sat 15th June, 12-4 (earlier and later for setting / clearing up)
Where: Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Sunday 16th June 4.30pm to 7pm, Eco-theme with a recycled paper sculpture craft session (4.30-6pm) followed by ‘Do The Math’- a documentary about climate change that took the US by storm. http://math.350.org/, (42 mins).
The Film Club is free, with refreshment available for a charge. It takes place at The Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, M14 5JT. For more information contact Rich Browning m: 07913 540680
e: richbrowning@healthymehealthycommunities.co.uk
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June 17th and 18th G8 summit – Enniskillen

Tuesday 18 June 6-9pm Suss Out Sustainable Linking into global food waste issues, Jules Bagnoli, renowned low carbon Michelin-starred chef, will run a truly sustainable workshop at our Chorlton Cookery School for people wanting to learn more about sustainable food and those aiming to influence chefs & catering policy – Chorlton High . 12 places only. To book see website. We hope this will be the first of many such workshops.

Weds 19 June Preserving the planet, protecting the poor and promoting prosperity – a role for Millennium Consumption Goals – Manchester Public lecture with Professor Mohan Munasinghe


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