Eastside Food Waste Project Up And Running

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The newest part-time member of the Environment Centre team, El Evans, has been working on a brand new project for the Eastside area of Swansea tackling food waste and recycling.

It has been reported that UK households waste around a staggering £12.5 billion worth of good food and drink each year, costing the average family with children around £700 a year. Wasting food and drink is not only a waste of money, it is also a waste of energy and natural resources which went into the production, storage, preparation, packaging and transport of that food!

El is working with the community specifically in St Thomas and Port Tennant areas, providing information about how to make the most of your food, use leftovers, recycle food waste and save money. She is visiting schools, community groups, churches and libraries providing help and advice. If you live in this area and would like to get involved, please contact El on (01792) 480200 el@environmentcentre.org.uk

New 2017 Environmental Events Leaflet Out Now!

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Hot off the press we have the new 2017 Environmental Events leaflet, jam packed with events in Swansea covering April – December. This year the booklet is in a slightly bigger A5 format to include the information in both Welsh and English. Paper copies of the booklet can be picked up from the Environment Centre 10 – 4 Mon – Fri, or 10 – 2 Saturdays, or at other tourist locations across the county, or you can visit this link to view the online version.

The booklet provides well over 200 events taking place in and around Swansea including guided walks, cycle rides, workshops, training courses, childrens activities, festivals and events such as our annual Green Fayre.  There really is something for everyone!

The Environmental Events booklet is produced by the City and County of Swansea’s Nature Conservation Team with funding from the Welsh Government Single Revenue Grant.

 

Volunteering Opportunities At The Environment Centre – Do You Have Some Spare Time?!

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The Environment Centre has a fantastic team of volunteers who help run the Green Shop and cafe, we currently have vacancies on Fridays and Saturdays. Do you have spare time to volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to learn customer service skills, learn hygiene and service skills, find out about different eco-friendly products and local groups, and meet and greet different people every day in a friendly local charity. We offer volunteer opportunities to a wide range of people including people looking for a job, people on a work break, part-time workers, students, or retired people. We provide training and regular meet-ups with the other volunteers.

If you’re interested please contact Anita Houten T. (01792) 480200 or email education@environmentcentre.org.uk

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: It’s Time To Put Fairtrade In Your Break!

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There will be lots of events and activities in Swansea helping to raise awareness about Fairtrade this Fairtrade Fortnight, from 27th Feb to 12th March 2017. Fairtrade gives better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade to farmers and workers – you can help transform lives every day. Find out more at the Fairtrade Foundation website.

This year the theme is to put Fairtrade in your break, using certified products such as tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit and cakes.

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Photographer: Theo Hessing/OBR Studios

Leonidas is a banana farmer. Before Fairtrade, he struggled to attract a price for his bananas that even covered his costs.

 ‘Before Fairtrade we were losing money… now we are getting a better price when selling our boxes of bananas. We used to sell our boxes and see no profit out of it; we were not calculating the exportation costs. Fairtrade has trained us, now we know the real price of a box and that allows us to negotiate.’

‘We feel valued, respected. Even the traders see that we are stronger in that sense.’

‘If it weren’t for Fairtrade we would have sold our land.’

You can find out more about Leonidas’ co-operative BANAFRUCOOP here and in this video featuring fellow BANAFRUCOOP member, Julio Mercado Cantillo.

Swansea Fair Trade Forum have put together a list of events and activities happening in Swansea – see the pdf poster below. Also here at the Environment Centre’s Exchange Cafe we will be holding a Fairtrade Cake Break on 1st March 2017 between 10am and 4pm. There will be freshly made vegan cakes on sale created with Fairtrade ingredients (only available while stock lasts!) alongside a selection of Fairtrade teas and coffees. Info about fair trade and the Swansea Fair Trade Forum will also be on display – everybody welcome!

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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