Sustainable Money by Catherine Ross

Sustainable St Albans

How green is your finance, and does it matter?

Where we save and invest our money has an enormous environmental impact, that most of us don’t even stop to consider.

With most of the choices we make, the impact on the environment is pretty direct … whether we drive or walk, for example, or whether we recycle.  With our money, it’s trickier, but just as important. Do you know what companies your pension fund invests in, and does it matter? Is the degree of climate risk that your money is exposed to at a level you are comfortable with?  How can big companies be encouraged to act environmentally?  How transparent are companies about their environmental standards in the first place?  And if we did want to move our money, what choices are there?

On Tuesday 24th April, we will get insights into important questions like these at Sustainable Money: Climate Risk…

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas?

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How to make the most of Christmas, whilst also being kinder to our community and environment.

1. TREES

A real Christmas tree seems an obvious choice. However, almost 8 million trees are purchased in December in the UK alone, resulting in intensive production and potentially a lot of waste. When purchasing a real tree, to ensure the tree has been grown sustainably, look out for the FSC- certification logo. After Christmas, see if you can get your tree recycled. If you have an artificial tree, keep using it, make it last for as long as possible. Sites such as freecycle can help you source a pre-loved one.

2. GIFTS

This is where you can be really creative. Homemade crafts and foods make for great gifts. If you are looking to save money, why not offer to do something nice for someone instead by issuing free “Christmas Gift Cheques”? You can…

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Final Call For Speakers – Our Planet Our Future Event At Rothamsted Conference Centre On 21st April 2018

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Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ

Saturday 21st April 2018

FINAL CALL FOR SPEAKERS

Do you have an inspiring idea or a motivating experience to share about how to live more sustainably?  The 2018 Sustainable St Albans Week launch event, “Our Planet Our Future – Inspiring Action” is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with this exciting event.

If your idea or experience has the potential to reduce our carbon footprint or to inspire others to live more sustainably in their community or even globally, we would love to hear from you.

Application forms and Q&As are available at http://sustainablestalbans.org/our-planet-event/

Please email your application to ourplanet@transitionstalbans.org

Call closes on Monday 18th December 2017

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From sari rags to sale tags 

Inspired by the adversities in her past, Ruby Raut creates an eco-friendly alternative for women on their periods 

Imagine being banished to a poorly ventilated, claustrophobic, unhygienic cattle shed for 4-7 days at the beginning of your transition to puberty.

As a woman, imagine being told you can’t touch cattle, green vegetables, plants or the opposing gender due to a natural part of life. Menstruation.

Some fear these actions will anger a god or goddess and people, livestock and crops would be destined to die.

For the western world, it’s quite a bizarre concept, however this is the reality for the Nepalese women whose families practice Chaupaddi. In 2005, this tradition was deemed illegal, but to this day the practice still continues, especially in the western part of Nepal where this takes place every month.

Chaupaddi is a social tradition where women are sent to either a menstrual hut or…

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Supporting Sustainable StAlbans Week

Community, business, school, faith groups

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Send us your logo!

The organising team are preparing for Sustainable StAlbans Week 21-29 April 2018- only 20 weeks away!

We are inviting groups to send us their logo  to show their support for the week. If you belong to a local group e.g. parents’ group; residents association; campaign group, local business – please have a chat in your group about the Week. If you want to support, please send us your logo email sustweek AT transitionstalbans DOT org.

Register an activity/event

To organise an activity for the Week, download the Registration Form and send it back by 15th Jan – See here for form www.sustainablestalbans.org

Freelance Communications Role – Closing Date 5pm Monday 27th November

The team of volunteers behind SuStAinable St Albans Week is looking for a freelance Communications Contractor to help ‘get the word out’ about this award-winning week. For details see https://sustainablestalbans.org/join-us/

#SustWeek18 Supporting Groups at 24th November 2017

Autumn Training Sessions now available

BunningsTiCstallpicFor the second year runing we are able to offer free training sessions on using the Thermal Imaging Camera in both St Albans and in Harpenden.

We’ve been letting people know more about the camera today at our stall in Bunnings, St Albans.

Following the short training session, you are able to borrow the camera FREE – and use it to check where the energy and heat is leaking from your home. Many local residents have already benefited from using the camera.

Heat does not always escape from the most obvious places – but even seeing it pour out of your letterbox can be motivation enough to start doing something about it.

It’s not just heat, but money that is escaping too!

There are some inexpensive ways to stop the heat escape, and save on your energy bills, once you know where to focus. Insulation can be the first step, or even draughtproofing doors and windows where identified.

See dates below on the flyer, and go to the Thermal Imaging Camera on our website to find out more and to book your FREE training session click here to see

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