LCRN: The New Year's Enews
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the London Community Resource Network's enews bulletin, your weekly source of resource and sustainability news.
In LCRN news: As of next month, there will be an opportunity for coffee reuse, with coffee being distributed across London.
In members news: Hanna Thomas of the Otesha Project has written a piece on the barriers facing green job creation (with a neat reference to Yosser Hughes), O"-Bay Community Trust have launched their first newsletter, Organiclea have launched a new solar investment share offer, while SEED Foundation need volunteers for their food recycling project until the end of March.
In London News: New measures to improve London's air quality have come into force, Boris Johnson has called on Londoners to recycle their Christmas waste, while Sir Patrick Stewart is the latest figure to oppose Thames Water's 'supersewer' plans.
In National News: Demand for green energy has increased use of Britain's canals, Tory councils have rejected Eric Pickles' plans for weekly bin collections, while WRAP have announced that WEEE recycling is much more successful than first thought.
And finally... The Environment Agency plans flood defences that will be ever green...
- LCRN NEWS
- MEMBERS NEWS
- MEMBERS EVENTS
- MEMBERS JOBS
- LONDON RESOURCE NEWS
- NATIONAL RESOURCE NEWS
- ENVIRONMENT SECTOR NEWS
- THIRD SECTOR NEWS
- CONSULTATIONS, FUNDING & TENDERS
- AND FINALLY…
Starting in February, a recycling company, Red Bag Recycling, will be able to distribute over 100kg of coffee grounds every day. The coffee grounds are sourced from sustainably-grown, fair trade coffee. They are looking for city farms or community gardens across the London area who might be able to provide a new home for the coffee grounds collected. There is no charge, and it will be delivered free in and around London. As the programme expands, the amount of coffee available every day will increase. If you are interested in this offer, you can contact Red Bag Recycling directly by e-mailing email@example.com.
* Become an LCRN Member today
Join the network that’s innovating away London’s waste, the grassroots way. LCRN is proud to present our new membership scheme, open to organisations, charities, community groups and social enterprises in London dedicated to responsible resource management. Our new tiered system is based on both income and services so that you get the most bang for your buck. We strive to bring your organisation the right balance of business, organisational and communications support. Our free membership is still available, but come have a gander at what we’ve got on offer. Our rates are incredibly reasonable and our services can only be a boost for you in this economic climate. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Julian between on 020 7324 4708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
…for LCRN’s new membership scheme
Hanna Thomas of the Otesha Project and the East London Green Jobs Alliance, has written a comprehensive piece on the barriers we face in the transition to a green economy. It touches on the need to have a singular definition for 'green jobs', the importance of engagement and information-sharing amongst communities, the need to provide training , and outlines the uncertainty from the Government about these issues. The Green Jobs Alliance is a coalition of trade unions, NGOs, community based organisations and green businesses working together to create green and decent jobs for East London citizens. Its current mission is to create a ‘green jobs pipeline’ that will prepare young people who face barriers to employment for entry-level jobs in the green trades. By taking participants through a training programme that encompasses pre-employment skills, vocational skills, financial literacy, wraparound support services, environmental literacy, and an apprenticeship or work placement, it aim for this “jobs pipeline” to create a bridge into decent, well-paid work and a promising future career.
For more information.
O"-Bay Community Trust has recently released its first regular newsletter. O”-Bay Community Trust is a voluntary organisation with its head office in the London Borough of Enfield, North London. The Trust was founded on a national basis initially to support members of the Nigerian community, British Citizens of Nigerian descent and local residents. O”-Bay are a BME-led organisation, providing generic services to service users, members, and clients who are local residents; irrespective of their race, colour, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Services are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis to those in need, to ensure community cohesion and integration.
For more information.
Organiclea are excited to announce the launch of a new share offer providing the opportunity to invest in small-scale renewable energy. As previously mentioned here, this is a new initiative to create a community fund for investing in such projects, the first of which is the installation of solar panels at Organiclea's Hawkswood Plant Nursery. The project will benefit from the Government's feed-in-tariff for solar photovoltaic installations and will provide a financial and social return on the investment. The share offer is from GREEN (Growing Resilient Energy Efficient Neighbourhoods), the new corporate society that Organiclea has helped to set up along with other local partner organisations. The share offer document and information on Organiclea's website provide detailed information about the invitation to invest, but do get in touch directly if you have any further questions after reading the documents - contact Nicole on email@example.com. Please note the closing date of 20th January 2012 so that you do not miss out on this opportunity to support the long-term development of local food and other community projects.
For more information.
As a result of council funding coming to an end, the food-waste recycling programme is due to finish on Maiden Lane Estate in Camden Town (near King's Cross) at the end of November. SEED Foundation, which has been working with residents to improve the service, has created a plan to help the estate's own social enterprise take over the system. However, much-needed start-up funding has not yet been secured, and volunteers are needed to bridge the funding gap between now and the end of March, in order to get the new system up and running. If you are interested, and would be able to dedicate three hours per month of your time helping out with collections, composting, machine management or marketing, please contact Clare Brass at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07773 768 184. A really rich soil improver will be offered as a thank you for your time.
Visit our friends at Project Dirt for more events across London.
* Talk Action - Consensus Decision Making
Date: Thursday 26th January 2012, 10am - 6pm.
Location: TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS
Cost: £288: Large charities, public sector and businesses; £130: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and individuals. Concessionary rates of £20 are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
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* Organiclea - Outreach Worker
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* Otesha - Strategic Director
* Otesha - Social Enterprise Project Leader Internship
For more information and a job description.
* Otesha - Cycle Tour Co-ordinator Internship
LONDON RESOURCE NEWS
New measures to improve air quality in the capital have come into force. New initiatives, stemming from the Mayor's Air Quality Strategy and controlled for Transport for London (TfL), are aimed at deterring some of the oldest and most polluting vehicles from driving into London through changes to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ), with reforms to taxi licensing standards. Larger vans and minibuses will now have to meet LEZ standards for the first time, meaning only cleaner vehicles of this type can enter Greater London without paying a £100 daily charge or risk a £500 fine. Vehicles already affected by the LEZ such as lorries, buses and coaches, will now have to meet stricter emissions standards. These will have to meet Euro IV standards to avoid paying a £200 daily charge or a £1,000 fine. There will be an age limit on London's black cabs, meaning that vehicles over 15 years old will no longer be licensed, and a 10 year age limit on private hire vehicles has been introduced. Finally, 'no-idling' measures have been introduced - all drivers will be encouraged to to turn off engines when stationary, reducing the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere.
Boris Johnson is calling on Londoners to recycle their Christmas in a bid to save the capital £2.7m. According to Recycle for London, backed by the Mayor's office and WRAP, over the festive period London will generate an extra 29,000 tonnes of household waste, using enough wrapping paper to stretch around the equator, while about one million Christmas trees will light up London's homes. As a result, the Mayor is urging Londoners to recycle rather than bin their festive waste to help local authorities save money on costly landfill charges. It is estimated that it costs councils 25% more to dispose of black bin bag rubbish than recycle. Londoners throw away an estimated 2,000 tonnes of glass between Christmas and New Year, which if recycled could save around 630 tonnes of carbon. In addition, 675 tonnes of tin foil (equivalent of 450 Mini Coopers) are disposed of, and 75 tonnes of Christmas lights are discarded. However, local authorities are offering a Christmas tree recycling service, while the GLA is planning to chip the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree to be used as fertiliser.
Shakespearean actor and Star Trek captain Sir Patrick Stewart has boldly gone where several men have gone before and voiced his fears over Thames Water's plans for a new London 'supersewer'. Raising concerns that drilling the Thames Tunnel would devastate the peaceful atmosphere of the Thames, Sir Patrick is backing the 'Save Your Riverside' campaign, which opposes plans for an entrance to the Thames Tunnel at Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey, saying that alternatives should be considered. He said that the plans would 'transform this very pleasant, tranquil area into an industrial site for seven years', adding: 'Downstream from Tower Bridge on the south side of the river is one of London's big success stories. The regeneration here is extraordinary.' Opposition continues to grow against work in Carnwath Road, Fulham, with Boris Johnson writing to water minister Richard Benyon, urging Thames Water to extend the consultation period until the end of March.
From the Evening Standard.
NATIONAL RESOURCE NEWS
Britain's network of 18th Century canals could once again play a major industrial role, driven by demand for green energy. There are hopes that inland waterways may undergo a rebirth as freight transport routes to meet the needs of power stations run on biomass plants, where electricity is produced from wood and waste by-products. A scheme by the energy services company Dalkia that uses the Aire and Calder Navigation canal system in Yorkshire is being repeated in other parts of the country, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The River Thames and the Manchester Ship Canal are already in regular use, though had been out of favour for decades as vessels were slower than trucks or trains. According to British Waterways, 1.5m tonnes of freight was carried on canals last year, with the figure expected to rise. 40m tonnes of freight was transported on British canals during her industrial heyday. Biomass has become more important in recent years as the UK strives to generate 15% of her energy from renewable sources.
From the Guardian.
* Tory Councils Throw Out Bin Plans
Communities secretary Eric Pickles’ campaign to re-install weekly bin collections has been dealt a further blow with a group of Tory councils set to snub his offer of cash to fund changes to their collections. South Hams, Mid Devon and East Devon district councils and Torbay Council told the Western Morning News they were unlikely to apply to the new £250m weekly collections support scheme. Ministers are set to unveil a prospectus on the policy this month despite reports of deep divisions between Pickles and environment secretary Caroline Spelman over the direction of the policy. Waste chiefs and environmental campaigners have also voiced concerns about the potential impact it could have on recycling rates and about whether it represents the best use of scarce funding. In December 2011, Pickles accused those in favour of less frequent collections of being out of touch with public opinion. Pickles told the communities & local government committee a weekly collection was a matter of respect and alternate weekly collections made life “unpleasant” for those without big gardens.
ENVIRONMENT SECTOR NEWS
* UK Less Keen On Green Investment
UK investment in green energy failed to pick up significantly in 2011, reflecting difficult economic circumstances and uncertainty over government policy. The government's figure of £2.5bn is slightly higher than an estimate for the previous year and well down on total investment in the sector in 2009. The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the investment, which represents the total financial commitments announced by a variety of companies between April and December to proposed renewable energy projects, had the potential to create 12,000 jobs across Britain. But the £2.5bn investment announced since April showed little progress from 2010, when £2.1bn was poured into renewables and other low-carbon forms of energy in the UK, according to the US-based thinktank Pew Environment Group. The 2010 figure was itself a dramatic fall of 70% compared with the investment reached in 2009, when at least £7.1bn was put into the sector. In 2010, the UK fell out of the league of the top 10 countries around the world in terms of renewable energy investment. This year's figures are extremely unlikely to redeem the UK's place in the league, as many countries in the developing world in particular have surged ahead, including China and India.
From the Guardian.
From the Daily Telegraph.
* Defra To Decide Upon MRF Code Of Practice
THIRD SECTOR NEWS
* Tax Relief For Company Volunteering Suggested
According to think tank the Centre for Social Justice, a scheme that gives companies tax relief for subsidising voluntary work carried out by their employees would boost donations to charities by up to £1bn per year. Under the proposed new scheme, called the 'C-Volunteering' plan, companies would have to enrol to qualify for tax relief. Employees would be encouraged to give up some of their working time to a charity of their choice and the firm would boost the value of their contribution by agreeing an hourly rate for the voluntary work. Meanwhile firms would be able to recoup some of the costs by setting their gifts against corporation tax in much the same way as they can offset research and development costs.
From the Office for Civil Society.
* UK Is World's 'Fifth Most Charitable Nation'
The UK has moved up three places in the World Giving Index to become the world's fifth most charitable nation. Charities Aid Foundation's (CAF) annual survey of national generosity suggests that the USA is the most charitable country, followed by Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK respectively. The study found that the UK is the second most generous nation in monetary terms, with almost four in five people donating to charity each month. The highest ranked country for giving money is Thailand, with 85% of the population having made a donation. Some 28% of the UK population 'volunteers time' every month, while 63% 'helps a stranger'. The World Giving Index is put together by CAF using Gallup polling information on the charitable behaviour of people in 153 countries worldwide, and is billed as the largest study of its kind, questioning more than 150,000 people - representing 95% of the global population.
From the Office for Civil Society.
CONSULTATIONS, FUNDING & TENDERS
* Big Lottery Fund - £10m To Kick Start Sustainable Living Across England
Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is investing £10m in good causes funding to jump start more sustainable living across the country and communities in London are invited to apply for a slice of the funding. Spiralling food costs and fuel poverty are just some of the issues being addressed through BIG's Communities Living Sustainably programme which aims to inspire people to adapt the way they live, work and engage with each other to reap financial, environmental, and health gains. BIG will invest in up to 10 communities by providing: access to expert support and advice to help communities develop skills, knowledge and abilities and build on best practice; up to £10,000 to develop a project delivery plan that details the environmental, economic, and social challenges affecting the community and how they can be addressed; and grants of between £500,000 and £1m for up to five years - this funding will provide an opportunity for communities to work together to access further resources and support to ensure their communities are sustainable and resilient after BIG funding ends. The closing date for an expression of interest is Tuesday 31st January 2012. For more information please contact the Big Advice Line on 0845 4 10 20 30, or alternatively, visit BIG's website.
* Capital Growth Funding
The programme is administered by Capital Growth at London Food Link. It is intended to enable Londoners to benefit from a higher availability of affordable local food by maximising the use of land for food growing activities across the London area. Funding is available to help community groups develop new food growing schemes that will be sustainable and of benefit to communities in London. In particular, the scheme is eager to fund training and skills support to develop new sustainable projects. Projects should be focused on bringing more food to market in London, and be involved with a new food-growing space (not established before 1st January 2009) or an extension of a current food-growing project. It should be for wider community benefit, not solely for private or commercial gain. The next grant funding round has now opened and will close on 16th January 2012. The maximum grant available is £1,500.
For more information.
* Recycled Christmas Trees To Make Evergreen Flood Defences
The Environment Agency (EA) is using discarded Christmas trees in a bid to build 'greener' flood defences along river banks. According to the agency, tree trunks can be used to help stabilise rivers, while conifers act as a filter to catch silt from the water. This reduces erosion and creates a habitat for fish by removing sediment, as well as providing a greener alternative to heavier engineering materials such as steel piling. As part of the initiative, Christmas trees donated by the Forestry Commission and United Utilities have been used on the River Bollin and Derwen by the EA which also installed large spruce logs at the base of the eroding river banks before attaching the Christmas trees.