Encouraging sustainability in Sheffield

It’s been a while since our last news roundup, and some great things have happened across the city:

Congratulations to Sheffield Renewables, for their recent installation of 50kW of solar PV for a local school in Swinton (see their blog and the Doncaster Free Press).  Also there was FutureBuild, which demonstrated the potential for sustainability in housing and energy, a WealthyWeekend inspired by visionary John Ruskin, and Is it time for a Sheffield pound? with Positive Money Sheffield.

As usual there are more events in the pipeline – see below for those (in particular do contribute your ideas to the Green Commission if you can), but first here’s a request for comment and participation:

Transition Sheffield – call for participation

A small Transition Sheffield hub group was established in 2007 with the aim of encouraging other groups to form across the city. Some marvellous activities have taken place (see examples) and it’s clear that a fantastic range of community groups and enterprises across Sheffield are working towards sustainability (see the nominations for the 2012 Awards).

Recent activities for the Transition Sheffield hub have included helping to set up GreenHomesSheffield, and meeting with Sheffield City Council as part of Sheffield Climate Alliance.  However, the hub group has lost key people recently and its future as a constituted group is uncertain.

Would you be willing to step up and become part of Transition Sheffield to encourage grass-roots action for sustainable communities and action on climate change?  All skills are welcome (organising social events, speaking to new groups, taking out stalls, keeping accounts, or simply being an enthusiastic new face). This need not be a massive time commitment, and if you can’t offer anything yourself at the moment, perhaps you know someone else who might?

Contact susannah@transitionsheffield.org.uk with offers or questions.

Forthcoming Events in Sheffield

Saturday 29 November: Poverty in Sheffield Today: Finding a way forward

10am to 12.30pm, Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk St, Sheffield
This public meeting includes presentations and opportunities to ask questions, put forward ideas, and help shape the way forward as the 2015 Election approaches.
More info

Tuesday 2 December: Public Hearing for Sheffield Green Commission

6pm prompt until 7.30pm, Sheffield Town Hall.  Places are limited. 

The Green Commission is collecting evidence in order to produce recommendations for a sustainable future for Sheffield.  This event includes speakers on policy development, sustainable travel, and fuel poverty. See info about the event on the 2nd, and contribute to the wider call for evidence.

Saturday 6 December: Christmas Craft Fayre

11am- 3pm, St Thomas’ Church, Philadelphia S6 3BL
A craft fayre in aid of S6 food bank funds – see info.

Saturday 6 December:  “Earth Matters” 5 rhythms benefit for climate change

10:30am, Sharrow Performing Arts Space

A day workshop in 5 Rhythms dance, to land more deeply in your body and connect with Earth, Fire, Water, and Air, with Sarah Blagg. All profit goes to Sheffield Climate Alliance.
Cost: £33. Enquire for concessions. Also a few places are available for just the morning.  For more info contact: dancetherhythms@gmail.com tel. 07758 146130.



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