Sept – Oct 2018 Exhibition: Saving Energy, Saving Money

A new exhibition will feature in the Environment Centre’s main hall from 12th September to 26th October 2018, concerning saving energy in the home and saving money. There will be practical advice and information on reducing your energy costs, including how to switch energy supplier, grants for greening your home, community energy schemes, energy monitors and smart meters, and easy lifestyle changes.

There will also be two advice worksops with uSwitch on Friday 14th September at 11am and 2pm (each about 40 minutes long), and a drop-in session on Saturday 15th September from 10am to 2pm. Come along to speak to an expert on understanding your energy bills, how to switch to a cheaper supplier or tarrif, and gain some great tips on how to reduce energy use in the home.

There will also be a workshop about Smart meters in early October – more details to follow.

The Environment Centre is open Tues – Fri 10am-4pm, or Sat 10am-2pm, however the main hall is often used for meetings and training events, so if you are wanting to visit the exhibition, please call in advance before making a special journey.

 

Reducing Carbon Emissions: Have Your Say

The Welsh Government are seeking your views on what actions we should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The consultation presents initial thoughts on how we might reduce emissions by 45% between now and 2030. The proposals include:

  • accelerating sustainable energy production and foster local ownership
  • improving opportunities for active travel and develop a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles
  • setting higher energy efficiency standards for new building projects.

For more info and to have your say, go to beta.gov.wales/low-carbon-pathway-wales 

The consultation period ends on 4th October 2018.

Clean Air Roadshow, Sat 28th July 2018

On Saturday 28 July, in the City Centre, Swansea Council hosts its second annual Clean Air Roadshow supported by Swansea BID and The Big Heart of Swansea.

Castle Square will play host to a hive of activity from 10am – 4pm, featuring electric and hybrid vehicles from Kia, Mitsubishi and Nissan, as well as the Mid and West Wales Fire Service and Swansea University. Swansea Environmental Forum will have an info stall, as well as Friends Of The Earth and the new Santander Cycle Scheme.

There will also be a host of interactive entertainment for the whole family, including the chance to create your own hydrogen fuel, whizz up a healthy fruit smoothie and get involved in some science based activities, with thanks to Oriel Science.

Throughout the day the ParkLives team, led by Swansea Council, will be on hand with some sporting activities including Parkour and Multi Skills Assault Course!

And for 2018, the Clean Air Roadshow will play host to a very special guest… Bumblebee the Transformer! Standing at over 10ft high, this gentle giant will be in Castle Square at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm, bringing along his signature dance move – The Robot! Be sure to grab your camera, and share your selfies on social media using #CleanAirRoadshow.

For more info visit www.enjoyswanseabay.com/events/clean-air-roadshow-2018

Festival Of Stitch, 10th – 24th August 2018

The Swansea Festival Of Stitch are proud to present the best that Wales has to offer from our homegrown textile groups and artists. The festival will run from 10th – 24th August and will take place at several venues in Swansea, including The Environment Centre, Swansea Museum, The National Waterfront Museum, Civic Centre, Grand Theatre, Dragon Hotel, Tapestri, Volcano Theatre and the Beach Hut.

We will be featuring work from the talented Ruth Norbury and Haf Weighton in the Centre’s main hall, available to view 10 am – 4pm Tues – Fri, and 10 – 2 Sat (please note that the Centre will be closed on Mondays in August. Also the room may be booked for meetings so check availability before making a special journey).

The Festival also provides opportunity to experience a variety of creative workshops at Swansea Museum, and a Makers and Traders Market at the Waterfront Museum over the weekend of 18th & 19th August including drop-in stitch sessions.

A booklet about the festival (including a map and workshop times) is available to pick up from the Centre.

For more information visit www.swanseafestivalofstitch.co.uk  

Gower Show, Sun 5th August 2018

The annual Gower Show is a popular annual event held in the beautiful grounds of Penrice Castle Park, ReynoldstonGower Show aims to be a very traditional agricultural show, a chance for local farmers to get together and bring along examples of their best stock, including cattle, sheep, pigs and piglets. The local farmers also enter samples of their crops and and compete to see who produces the best grassland. Above all it is a reminder of how very important farming is to the area.

In the marquees dotted around the castle field you will find the other sections of the show such as Horticulture with artistic flower arranging, or the Cookery & WI tent where the results of home baking are compared.

You will also find environment themed marquee with lots of info and activities including RSPB, Down To Earth, Plastic Free Swansea, Swansea Environmental Forum, Gower AONB and more.

In the Honey & Bee tent you can see a wonderful exhibition in this growing section, and even get fully suited up and get a really close look at a bee hive. Make sure you call in early to book your place.

If you fancy a bit of shopping there are plenty of opportunites to see and buy lots of examples of traditional crafts, and the every popular food tent with plenty of samples to taste!

The show has something for the whole family – it is a day not to be missed!

For more information, go to www.gowershow.co.uk

 

New Plastic-Free Food In The Green Shop

The Environment Centre is delighted to be working with Pwys – Plastic Free Produce , a Swansea-based business that sells products without plastic packaging. Pwys sell products via their website and the Swansea Food Assembly, but are now also available in our Green Shop.

We were now stocking food such as Organic muesli, oats, rice, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and pasta, packaged in recycled brown paper bags in either 500g or 1kg weight. Ideal to take home and store in your own jar or airtight container.

This is a great way to eliminate plastic waste that ends up in landfill that can take hundreds of years to break down, in exchange for a simple paper bag that can be recycled.

The Green Shop is normally open 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri, and 10am – 2pm Saturdays (please note that the Shop will be closed on Mondays throughout August 2018). For more information contact info@environmentcentre.org.uk

 

#PlasticFreeSwansea

You will, no doubt, all be aware of the increasing amount of news items, activities and campaigns around being plastic-free or using less single-use plastic in our everyday lives, due to its impact on the environment and the oceans in particular.

A group to co-ordinate the local effort emerged in Swansea in April 2018 and has recently held its second meeting at the Environment Centre.  There we heard from Plastic Free Pennard and Surfers Against Sewage and also from Geraint Davies MP, who has launched a plastics Bill through parliament.

The group’s volunteers are moving ahead on many fronts but activities are focussed around four aspects. They are ‘Shop’, ‘Inform’, ‘Campaign’ and ‘Get involved’ and more information on these can be seen on the new website. Facebook and twitter accounts have also been set up to help spread the word.  The public meetings are open to anyone who is interested so keep your eyes peeled for information after the summer and feel free to get in touch with any suggestions or ideas delyth@environmentcentre.org.uk

This is just the start of the work in Swansea -so please support us and connect on social media!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/plasticfreeswansea

Twitter: @plasticfreeswan

Website: plasticfreeswansea.weebly.com

 

Best Start Story Book Art Exhibition, July 2018

The Environment Centre is pleased to be hosting a new Story Book Art exhibition in June and July 2018. Positive early years experiences are so important to all children, and in Swansea Best Start are working towards ensuring that all children are given the very best start in life.

If children have the best start in life, they are likely to be healthier, more likely to be better learners and less likely to experience poverty and deprivation as adults. Having the best start in life can lead to a greater likelihood of having a good job and a better standard of living. They are also more likely to be able to look after the environment and contribute to safe and propsperous communities.

Two fantastic children’s story books have been written to support the Best Start Swansea Campaign. These story books focus on some of our key messages for parents. The fist book, ‘An Adventure With Gramps’ focuses on the importance of play, and spending time together, while the second book, ‘Rainbow Soup’ has a special focus on being as healthy as we can be.

Both books have been written by Swansea parents for their children, and for the children in Swansea to promote giving every child the Best Start in life. The parents’ fantastic artwork is up on display in the Main Hall, and FREE copies of the books (Welsh and English) are available to pick up.

Please check opening times before you make a special journey to view the exhibition.