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We’re Hiring! Join us as Project Officer for a new Household Food Waste Scheme

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Eastside Food Waste Project Officer

Have you organised a few events in your community? Are you passionate about reducing the amount of waste produced in your local area? If this sounds like you, and you want to support people to help them make a lasting change in their lifestyle that will help both them and our environment, then you might be interested in working with us to manage an exciting new community project.

Swansea Environment Centre is looking for a Project Officer to manage a household food waste project in the Eastside areas of St Thomas and Port Tennant. We are looking for someone with a keen interest with working in and helping to better their community. Experience in project management or community development is desirable but not essential – if you are well organised, self-motivated, show initiative, and active within your community, plus have the skills to take this project forward; communicating and forming relationships with people and groups, organising events, and managing your own time and workload, we’d love to hear from you.

Please download the job description, application form, and equal opportunities form below, and return to info@environmentcentre.org.uk or Environment Centre, Old Telephone Exchange, Pier Street, Swansea, SA1 6EN by Midnight 7th December at the very latest.

Food Waste Project Officer Job Description

Application Form

Equal Opps Form

Everyone is welcome at the Green Fayre, 19th & 20th November 2016

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The Environment’s centre’s Green Fayre returns on 19th & 20th November 2016 to the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. The Green Fayre is a unique shopping experience with the environment and ethics at its heart. Open 10am – 5pm both days, the fayre offers visitors the opportunity to purchase locally-sourced and ethical products, be inspired by ways to live more sustainably, and to get involved with local and national campaigns.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend, with over 70 stalls including organic produce, fair trade products, local woodcraft, recycled craft, local artists, vegetarian and vegan food, ethical health and beauty products, green voluntary groups and much more. This year features a new programme of educational talks and activities across the weekend with guest speakers.

Organiser of the Fayre, Hannah Mitchell said “Whether you’d like to do a bit more for your local environment, need some tips or advice on how to save energy, want to stock up on local produce, or just looking for some unique Christmas presents, there really is something for everyone”.

With a programme of events, children’s activities and most importantly, FREE entry, the Green Fayre will be a great day out for all the family!

For the list of stalls and talks, go to www.greenfayre.org.uk and the Facebook event page is regularly updated with news and information: www.facebook.com/events/554024448096872/  let us know if you’re coming, and please do invite your friends!

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COParty(22)Swansea “Connecting Local Initiatives with Global Movements”, 18th November 2016

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Connecting Local Initiatives with Global Movements

COParty(22)Swansea is a celebration of the incredible grassroots projects happening in and around Swansea – from
local food growing & community energy schemes to eco-villages & new news networks.… Join us for some artivism, food, drink, dancing, films, live music – and GOOD news!

The event takes place on Friday 18th November, 7.30 -11pm at Volcano Theatre, 27 – 29 High Street.

Entry is £3, Flamboyant dress is optional! There will also be a collection for Swansea FOODBANK

To reserve your ticket click here

For more information contact fern@emergence-uk.org or call 07528 527836

COParty(22)Swansea marks the last day of the United Nations’ COP22 Climate Talks in Marrakech.

Part of Novemberfest 2016

New Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme

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Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme (SCEES) Ltd. is a not-for-profit Co-operative set-up in 2015. They are owned by members and are run by a small group of local Directors.

In Summer 2016 SCEES installed solar panels (360kWp) on 9 schools and 1 care home owned by the City & County of Swansea. These buildings are situated in and around the wards of Townhill and Penderry – some of Wales’s most deprived areas. Panels were installed at no cost to the building host who will make a small saving on their electricity bills and use the systems for educational purposes.

Solar PV panels make electricity from the sun for 20+ years. As they do, SCEES will earn income from Government subsidies and electricity sales. This money will be used to offer investors into the scheme an interest payment and will be used to generate a community benefit fund to support skills, enterprise, economic growth and job creation in the local area.

A community share offer will be launched on Monday 7th November 2016, offering circa. 6% annual interest. They are looking for minimum investments of £250 (£50 if you live in City and County of Swansea). If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.swanseacommunityenergy.org.uk

Free Event! Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Communities 21st Sept 2016

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On Wednesday 21st September 2016 10 – 3pm Renew Wales are hosting a free event at Canolfan Gorseinon Centre; Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Communities. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the impact of the Well-being of Future Generations Act on your group, how to reduce food waste in the community, the pros and cons of different renewable energies, and community growing and green spaces.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided but you will need to book your space by contacting Delyth Higgins delyth@environmentcentre.org.uk or call (01792) 480200.

 

Green Fayre November 2016 – Now Open For Stall Applications

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Although we’ve only just waved goodbye to August we’re already well into planning the Green Fayre! It’s back on 19th and 20th November 2016 at the National Waterfront Museum, and we can’t wait to see what stalls will get booked in this year. We are now accepting applications so if you’re interested in having a stall please e-mail bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk This annual event attracts over 70 stalls and 4,000+ visitors over the weekend.

The Green Fayre is a unique shopping experience with the environment and ethics at its heart. Discover fresh tasty local & organic produce, and talented craftspeople offering green festive gifts. Be inspired by local volunteering projects and campaign groups alongside top tips on how to live more sustainably. With free entry and kids activities, it’s a great day out for all the family!

Zero Waste Film Night: The Clean Bin Project showing on 7th September 2016

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As part of our Exchange Cafe series “Big Problems, Small Actions”, the Environment Centre will be showing The Clean Bin Project at 7pm on Wednesday 7th September 2016. The Clean Bin Project is a documentary film, a competition where less is more.

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbageTheir light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste.  Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”. Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations, and unforgettable imagery. Captivating interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and TED Lecturer Captain Charles Moore, make this film a fun and inspiring call to individual action that speaks to crowds of all ages.
Entry is free, tickets have now SOLD OUT however if you are interested on going on the reserve list please e-mail bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk

Swap Til You Drop! Join Our Clothes Swap On Thurs 22nd Sept 2016

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Why not swap rather than shop!? Come along to the Environment Centre’s clothes swap, bring at least one good quality item and swap for something else, we’ll swap clothes, shoes, accessories, hats and bags. NEW for this event, each item you bring gains you 1 token to exchange for another item. Please only bring clean items that are in good condition, we wont accept broken, faulty or dirty / unwashed items. Drop off clothes from 6.30pm, actual swap starts at 7.30pm.

Also NEW for this event we will have a short handsewing workshop / activity between 6.45 – 7.30pm whilst you have a cuppa. Learn how to turn up a pair of jeans by hand with needle and thread – bring your own jeans, needle and thread. Entry is £5.00 and includes refreshments.

Book your place by e-mailing bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk or call (01792) 480200.
Tickets are available on the door however there is a max capacity for the room, so booking is advisable!