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Cafe Sci:Hyson Green eco-house plans

Moby Farrands, Partnership Council


Amanda Smith, Nottingham Trent University

We will present the conceptual and practical background to our recent project- The Nest in Hyson Green. The aim of this project is to enable communities in Nottingham to respond to some aspects of the inter-linked crises of climate change, peak energy and financial instability/austerity. We will explore how a community-based practically-orientated approach to addressing these issues could provide lessons for communities elsewhere.

The poorest people in society are relatively untouched by energy saving and environmental projects. Social housing tenants benefit from decent homes standards improvements. But many of the people suffering the worst fuel poverty and other related problems of disadvantage live in private rented accommodation, or are elderly owner occupiers. They still have poorly fitting single glazed windows, expensive and inefficient heating systems and poor insulation. Behaviour change to reduce carbon emissions has proved difficult to embed in populations who access education, training and information resources. We want to trial a different approach to assisting some of the poorest populations to reduce carbon emissions, save energy and reduce their own fuel poverty, and also gain confidence and learn self-help techniques, encouraging the neighbourhood to work together.
We want to run “The Nest” as a project where volunteers will teach their neighbours simple and cheap ways to reduce energy bills, show residents how to reduce other costs by mending existing goods, and publicise existing home insulation schemes.

MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details here

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