Buckfastleigh Transition Town – for a sustainable future for Buckfastleigh, Devon
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  • January 2010

    Posted on January 27th, 2010 andy No comments

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest e-bulletin
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    (1) ‘Finding out about Energy’ – Free course
    (2) Home Energy Check – mass mail-out
    (3) Buckfastleigh Green Library
    (4) South Brent Wind Turbine *
    (5) Transition Town Totnes win Low Carbon Communities Challenge *
    (6) Buckfastleigh In Transition?
    (7) Wind Power Transformation Trail – 28th January 2010 *
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    (1) ‘Finding out about Energy’ – Free course

    Towards the end of March we will be hosting a free one day (weekday) course provided by the Energy Saving Trust ‘Green Communities’. This course will cover energy efficiency & sustainable energy, micro-renewable energy technologies, retrofitting old buildings and building energy-efficient new ones. It is a great general introduction to the issues and would suit anyone involved in any group or project that wants to save energy & costs, as well as any individual who wants to be better informed.

    The course is open to anyone interested in the region, so if you are interested, please email info@buckthetrend.info and let us know your name, email address and whether you are involved in an organisation, as places will be snapped up quickly.

    You can read the course description at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe/Green-Communities/Guidance-and-useful-tools/Training-and-Events/Finding-out-about-Energy

    (2) Home Energy Check – mass mail-out

    In the next couple of weeks, every household in the town, will receive a ‘Home Energy Check’ form. This simple form, that takes about 15 minutes to complete, asks questions about fuel bills, heating system, insulation and windows etc. This is part of the Energy Saving Trust’s ‘Green Community’ project of which Buckfastleigh is Devon’s representative community.

    Phone help is available, or the form can be filled in on-line (right now) on the EST website here (or via our website at www.buckthetrend.info )

    Anyone completing the form will be sent specific details of what they can do in their home to cut energy use and reduce their fuel bills, and what government help might be available.

    It will also help to build a picture of energy use in the town, and how to start reducing it – Please fill it in!

    (3) Buckfastleigh Green Library

    We will soon be launching Buckfastleigh’s ‘Green Library’ corner, which will be a resource of information about global warming & carbon reduction, energy efficiency & peak oil, transition, green building, recycling and any other (remotely) environmental issues.

    We are in the process of collecting the materials and the opening will be in February or early March. If there is something you feel should be available to Buckfastleigh, please donate – books, cds and videos can be handed to library staff or contributions towards the purchases can be made at the library.

    (4) South Brent Wind Turbine *

    Sustainable South Brent, our equivalent group there, have successfully put together a plan to set up a wind turbine that would generate energy and pay for itself with a profit for the community.
    They are looking for support to get it through the planning stages. Go here to find out more and send a supporting letter.

    (5) Transition Town Totnes win Low Carbon Communities Challenge *

    The Low Carbon Community Challenge (LCCC) is a two-year research programme designed to test delivery options for achieving ambitious cuts in carbon emissions at community level.

    Providing financial and advisory support to 20 test-bed communities, LCCC will enable the development of bespoke local schemes to improve energy efficiency and tackle the wider issue of climate change.

    Totnes is one of the twenty communities to benefit from a £10million fund. The proposal will take the form of ‘Transition Streets’, whereby 12 streets across Totnes, chosen so as to represent the demographics and housing stock of Totnes, undertake a programme of behaviour change called ‘Transition Together’. Participants are then eligible to apply for subsidised retrofits and then to a rolling fund for low interest loans for domestic renewables, harnessing feed in tariffs to enable the repayment of the loans.

    (6) Buckfastleigh In Transition?

    Do we make Buckfastleigh a Transition Town? It’s not just Totnes – Over 200 communities around the world are now Transition communities, and more and more are being formed each day.
    Let’s start the discussion about Buckfastleigh becoming one of them. BTT wants to hear your views. To get a better idea, you can watch the movie ‘In Transition’ at http://transitionculture.org/in-transition/ and read the ‘Transition Primer’ at http://transitionnetwork.org/Primer/TransitionInitiativesPrimer.pdf

    (7) Wind Power Transformation Trail – 28th January 2010 *

    Join the Devon Association for Renewable Energy for a tour of sites across the Greater Dartmoor area that have harnessed the power of the wind to generate clean, green electricity. The day will consist of visiting four wind turbines of differing scales, situations and applications.  The tour begins and ends in Okehampton.

    Are you a member of a community group who want to secure a local electricity supply? Are you a householder who wants to generate your own energy? Are you a farmer with land that could be developed for wind power production? Or are you a local business who is concerned about fossil fuel supply and security? We welcome all kinds of delegates to see these wind power installations in operation; the sites themselves include business, agricultural and domestic examples.

    The fee is based on a sliding scale dependant upon the type of delegate: community representative (£5 pp), individual (£10pp) & business representative (£20pp). The cost includes transport and lunch.

    Please contact DARE on 01837 89200 or email mail@devondare.org or visit website www.devondare.org

    * CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED BY BUCK THE TREND BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP