Schools save money, raise money & free lessons

We are delighted to share our ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02’ Sustainable Solutions for Schools Programme. This programme saves schools money, makes money and reduces C02 emissions.  We also offer FREE whole school assemblies and lessons for KS2 focusing on Energy Eco Warriors or Textile Eco Warriors.

Bought to you by Sussex Green Living in partnership with Bags of Support an ethical West Sussex based textile recycling company.  Our mission to financially help schools, provide environmental education, lessen carbon footprints and the effects of climate change. Continue reading

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You CAN solar power your home!

“Just a few more of these will do it.”

More solar for Sussex!  Carrie the founder of Sussex Green Living and her husband Brian have fulfilled their new year’s resolution by calling in local firm CC Solar to install ten solar panels on the roof of their Sussex home. So now they power their home using daylight and the sun’s almost limitless energy rather than having to buy electricity from the national grid.  For the last 7 years Carrie and Brian have been buying 100% renewable energy Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi helping to save the planet!

We’re really excited to tell you about another sustainable solution for schools and this one might win your school £1,000!

Now in it’ sixth year, the PA’s Raspberry Pi competition 2018 is offering three £1,000 prizes for teams from primary and secondary schools, and sixth forms and colleges.

This year’s theme is Sustainability. The challenge is to use the Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-size yet highly capable computer – to invent something that will help ‘save the planet’. Continue reading

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Living in an eco-home

Ever thought of living in an ‘eco-home’?

When we came to Brighton from London in 2015 Sue and I were looking for an old house like the  terraced house we were living in, built well before the First World War. After all, older houses have lots of nooks and crannies and lots of character.

What we ended up with was a very modern, ‘sustainable’ home, Continue reading

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​Horsham Repair Cafe Christmas and beyond…

Groundwork offering energy advice

Press Release

HORSHAM REPAIR CAFE FULL OF CHRISTMAS CHEER AND NEW YEAR NEWS

Horsham Repair Cafe wrapped up three months of operation on Saturday 2nd December with a truly outstanding session.

As a result, it has been decided to add a date in January, rather than wait for the next officially publicised event which was to be in February.  The additional date is confirmed as Saturday 6th January 2018 and people are invited to bring along such items as Christmas cards, cracker decorations and unwanted cracker gifts; any wrapping paper which is not going to be reused next year and cardboard kitchen rolls for some upcycling fun.  Anyone wishing to participate in an unwanted gift exchange should contact HRC on the email below. Continue reading

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Al Gore broadcast Climate Reality for 24 hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT ANNOUNCES 24 HOURS OF REALITY GLOBAL BROADCAST TO TAKE PLACE DECEMBER 4-5, HIGHLIGHTING CLIMATE ACTIVISM AROUND THE WORLD

WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2017) – Today, The Climate Reality Project announced that the seventh-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast – a star-studded, 24-hour live event focused on the climate crisis and its solutions – will take place December 4-5, 2017. Hosted by former US Vice President and Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore, Continue reading

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​Horsham Repair Cafe – saving energy & Christmas lights!

Press release

Do you dread turning on your Christmas tree lights? The festive season can be an expensive and wasteful time of year and so often those Christmas tree lights don’t work! Well if that is the case, do not despair, the Horsham Repair Cafe can help.

On 2nd December at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham there will be a team of experts ready, willing and able to fix Christmas lights, flashing Christmas jumpers, small electrical appliances, computers, iphones, ipads, tablets, clothing repairs and much more.   Continue reading

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Black Monday NOT Black Friday!

The day the world turned black and we are NOT talking about Black Friday! Monday 16th October 2017 and severe weather events created the rarest phenomenon England has ever seen. There was the brightest blood curdling red sun shining through the weirdest clouds,  then at 3pm it got darker and darker and went black. Continue reading

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Horsham families win green family National Awards

Horsham families are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and have been recognised with a National Award. Carrie Cort, her 9 year old son Adam and her Mother, Jean Francis went to collect the award for their family’s efforts at the P.E.A. Awards in London on Friday 13 October. These awards acknowledge green heroes from the UK and beyond. Continue reading

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Sussex Green Living volunteer shortlisted for award

Jill Shuker shortlisted for the Volunteer Award

PRESS RELEASE

Finalists announced in the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2017

BBC Sussex is today proud to announce the finalists for the seventh year of the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards.

The Awards are dedicated to celebrating unsung heroes from across the local area. Over recent months, listeners have been invited to make their nominations across nine categories including Fundraiser, Volunteer and Young Achiever of the Year. Continue reading

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Horsham Repair Cafe an outstanding success

The first session of the new Horsham Repair Café on Saturday 7th October proved an outstanding success.  At 10am approximately 50 people came through the doors of the Horsham Quaker Meeting House to witness the official opening by Jeremy Quin MP and Councilor Philip Circus, who spoke about the importance of this initiative for Horsham District. Continue reading

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Inspiration through Green Art

Children from all over West Sussex competed in our Eco Beast Sculpture competition in July, culminating in a public display at the family event ‘Funday Sunday’ in Horsham Park.

The four winning schools –  Warninglid, Georgian Gardens, William Penn School and Upper Beeding – enjoyed their prizes on 8th, 11th, 12th and 13th September.  Continue reading

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Launch of Horsham Repair Cafe

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1st West Sussex Repair Café launches in Horsham

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or a laptop which is on the go slow? Or with a ripped pair of trousers? Bin it? No, repair, remake, reuse and refresh, saving money and helping the planet. Sussex Green Living an environmental awareness and education community initiative and Horsham Quakers are launching a Repair Café on 7th October in Horsham. This will be the first Repair Café in West Sussex and will take place on the first Saturday of every month 10am– 12.30pm. Continue reading

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Eco Beasts take over West Sussex!

Eco Beast Competition

Eco Beast Sculptures migrated from across West Sussex and took over a marquee in Horsham Park at ‘Funday Sunday’ on Sunday 9th July.  Children from all over the county had wonderful fun making Eco Beast Sculptures out of waste resources. The best sculptures from schools and children’s uniformed groups formed a stunning public exhibition at this family event. Continue reading

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The Future We Want – LESS C02 Programme

The Future We Want - LESS C02

‘The Future We Want – LESS C02 School Programme’ is a free sustainable solutions for schools programme for primary schools, regardless of whether they are run by the local authority, an academy or independent. Initially we are targeting schools in West Sussex.

This programme will:

  • Save money for schools
  • Provide ideas for schools to raise funds
  • Offer FREE assemblies and lessons for children in years 5 and/or 6
  • Offer free ‘LESS C02′ sustainable schools energy efficiency programme for school management. This is delivered by Ashden, a charity with a mission to help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world. Schools that take part in ‘LESS CO2′ save on average £2,600 and 10 tonnes of carbon in their first year!
  • Offer an I.T. competition with a theme of ‘Saving the Planet’ and a £1,000 prize money. Continue reading
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Horsham Repair Cafe launch on 7th October

Horsham Repair CaféLaunching SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER 2017 then taking place on the 1st Saturday of every month 10 – 12.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL

Alongside the regular monthly cleaning materials refills sessions on first Saturday each month, Sussex Green Living in partnership with Horsham Quakers  Continue reading

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Stop the drilling for oil & gas near Billingshurst

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Did you know that test drilling for oil and gas has just started at Broadford Bridge (Wood Barn Farm)  near West Chiltington/Billingshurst? Read on to learn the history behind this project and why so many local people do not know about it.

Do you want lorries with oil, gas and chemicals driving around our little country lanes, risk of polluted air, oil flare lighting the night sky and the potential for carcinogenic chemicals leaching into our soil and water supply?  Continue reading

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Funday Sunday in Horsham Park

Funday Sunday is coming to Horsham Park on 9th July. This event is replacing the annual Sparks in the Park and promises to be a great family day out in Horsham. In addition to the fun-fair in the park there will be a stage with different performances taking place all afternoon.  There will also be sports events and other activities for children of all ages to have a go. Continue reading

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Action plan against climate change

PLEDGES FOR THE PLANET

Please read and print this page, it’s a handy checklist and action plan to help you reduce your carbon footprint and impact on the planet.  Indicate if you need to or have already undertaken the suggested actions. Share the list and your knowledge with as many other people as you can and encourage them to move to a ‘greener future’. Continue reading

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Fantastic family woodland event

Into the Trees – family event

9th and 10th September 2017

Pippingford Park, Sussex

 ‘Rope swinging, pond skimming, slacklining, woodworking.

I have been to lots of festivals and I loved the peace of this one’ Continue reading

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Q&A: All About Climate Change

What is climate change?

To understand climate change, it is best to first define climate. The climate of an area or region refers to the typical or average weather. For example, the climate of Hawaii is sunny and warm. When you hear about climate change, this is describing a change in the climate of an area, such as temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns that occur over several decades or longer. Climate change is also a change in the Earth’s overall climate, such as an increase in the Earth’s average temperature. Continue reading

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What’s the problem with palm oil?

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the fruit of oil palm trees, which are found mainly in Indonesia and Malaysia. The oil is very versatile and is used in many common consumer products, including foods, cosmetics and household products and its use has been increasing steadily. So what is the problem? Well, unfortunately palm oil production causes massive environmental damage as land is cleared to make way for plantations – trees are cut down, soil is degraded and biodiversity is negatively affected. Continue reading

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Mother and son acknowledged at Climate Awards

Press release

A mother and son from Sussex were both acknowledged for their inspirational environmental work at the WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary Reception at the Palace of Westminster on 28th February.

Carrie Cort was shortlisted for the WWF Community Hero Award for climate justice work within her community, whilst her nine-year old son Adam won the KS2 WWF Climate Challenge ‘The Future We Want’ poster competition. Continue reading

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Free outdoor education for teachers

Each year the South Downs National Park Authority hosts a gathering of teachers and ‘learning outside the classroom’ providers to share ideas and inspiration around using the Park to enhance learning. This free teacher’s conference has some inspirational keynote speakers, such as Dr Sue Waite and Ian Blackwell from Natural Connections and Pam Ellis and Claire Aspinall from Park Discoverers.

Carrie Cort, Environmental Educator and Climate Campaigner will be delivering a workshop with Nicola Peel, Continue reading

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A Tietastic Guinness World Records

Carrie Cort is ‘Officially Amazing’, so say the Guinness World Record (GWR) office.  Last year as part of a ‘Green Play and Display Day’ which Carrie organised in the Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park, she attempted to beat the GWR challenge for the person wearing the most neckties, which was 260 ties, 400 had been donated. Carrie managed to beat the record by 10, a small margin but her neck would take no more! Her GWR officials were (left to right) Jeremy Quin MP, Amanda Jupp – WSCC County Councillor, Paul Bellringer – founder of Horsham Festival and Sarah Bamsey, who placed the ties.  Continue reading

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