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Sustainability leadership training on two wheels

Looking to kick-start your 10:10 effort? We’re conspiring with the Otesha Project to offer 10 day bike tours designed to get your team on the right track and make your work environment a cleaner, greener, healthier and more productive place.

Hosted at the beautiful Fforest Camp at Cardigan Bay in Wales, 10:10 tourers will receive dedicated training on the best ways to reduce office energy use, get help putting together their 10:10 baseline data and learn behaviour change strategies that work. There’s also a short course option for those who can’t spare a week away from the office.

To find out more and book your place, head over to the Otesha website.

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10:10 – month by month

Our mums always told us that the best way to handle a big task is to break it down into smaller chunks, so each month in 2010 we’ll be concentrating on different ways to cut our carbon. Here’s how it’s going to work.

February was insulation month

February's theme was insulation

With everyone from plumbers to politicians signed up, there’s no doubt that we’ll all take a slightly different route to our 10% target. But 10:10 really comes into its own when we work together to make it happen.

That’s where our monthly themes come in. The idea is to get everyone pulling in the same direction – if we all focus on one thing each month it’ll be easier to help each other out. At this end, we’ll make sure the website is overflowing with tips and case studies to help you on your way.

The last couple of months have been a bit of a trial run as we’ve dabbled in lighting and insulation; now we’re ready to give you the full run-down for the year. Drum roll please…

January – Lighting
Everyone talks about changing lightbulbs, but here’s the detailed advice on everything from dimmer switches to halogens.

February – Insulating
Draughtbusting to double glazing, and a new use for incense sticks.

March – Planting
Spring has sprung – get planting!

April – Travelling
Plan your summer holiday to maximise fun and minimise airport misery.

May – Shopping
Carbon-conscious consuming.

June – Saving
Hunting down wasted energy around the house.

July Eating
Taking carbon off the menu with local, seasonal deliciousness.

August – Playing
Get outdoors for a climate-friendly summer.

September – Driving
Back to the commute and the school run – liberate yourself from the car.

October – Fixing
All will be revealed. For now, fix 10/10/2010 in your diary and watch this space.

November – Heating
It’s getting cold again, so get your heating system into shape.

December – Giving
Dreaming of a green Christmas.

As always, we need your help to bring these topics to life. If you’ve already cracked one or two of these and think others could learn from your experiences, contact press@1010uk.org. If you’ve spotted a brilliant resource that could fit into one of these themes, email hello@1010uk.org.

A big night out for women and the climate

It was a big night for women’s groups last night in London and 10:10 was out on the town.

10:10 and the WEN
Last night’s high-profile report launch by the Women’s Environmental Network coincided with 10:10 partner Mumsnet’s 10th birthday bash (more on that later). A great opportunity to accompany 10:10’s Campaign Director, Eugenie Harvey, on a whistle-stop tour of progressive women’s movements here in the capital.

If you’ve been wondering how gender relates to climate change, look no further. The Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) offer enlightenment. The House of Commons hosted the launch of ‘Gender and the Climate Change Agenda’, which underpins the quest for environmental justice through feminist principles. A panel of one lucky man and many prominent women, including Eugenie, was on hand to share their visions of a greener, fairer world with women at the core.

Bernadette Vallely, founder and chair of WEN, outlined the disproportionate burden of suffering shouldered by women worldwide as a result of poverty and gendered social roles. One staggering statistic shows that 20 million of the 26 million people currently estimated to be displaced by climate change are female. However, far from a prophecy of doom, the report highlights the potential of empowered womanhood to deliver a gender-sensitive response to our planetary predicament.

Accepting assurances from the chair that his inclusion was more than tokenistic, Peter Ainsworth MP bravely broached the topic of population growth. The subject sparked further debate when the floor was opened to questions. A cautious consensus formed around the necessity of sexual education, available contraception and improved healthcare. There was also mention of meat and dairy consumption and the impacts associated with dietary choices. We were reminded of women’s position globally as the predominant providers within the context of food hierarchies.

Tamsin Omond, a driving force behind 10:10’s work with faith groups, praised the report as an invaluable resource in the continuing struggle for social justice. With a nod to the Suffragettes, Eugenie recognised the “responsibility to do for women in poor countries what women in the developed world have had done for them” and emphasised the importance of small steps to start people on a journey of engagement.

The WEN report is available to download for free here.

10:10 sticker spotting

Q: What do the following have in common? The tabard of an animatronic polar bear at Dublin Zoo. A hospital window opposite Warren Street tube. Thom Yorke’s wrist. The Sage in Gateshead.  Tamsin Greig’s neck. Pitchside at White Hart Lane. 500 car club vehicle windows.

10:10 window sticker

A: They’ve all had the 10:10 logo on them.

Those two little tens are popping up all over the place at the moment, and if you’ve seen our latest mailout you’ll know that we’re helping things along by giving away 1000 of our new window stickers. (Signed up but not getting emails? Let us know.)

We’re aiming to turn 10:10 spotting into an Olympic sport in time for 2012, so now’s the time to start training. If you come across a 10:10 sticker, poster, tag or tshirt on your travels, snap a picture and send it over to us (hello@1010uk.org). We’re fresh out of gold medals, but will rustle up a prize and a website appearance for the best ones.

Let the games begin…

Signed your family up to 10:10? Tell us what you’re doing

10:10 in Scarborough

It is two months into 2010 and we’ve been hearing loads of stories of active 10:10ers insulating homes, changing lights and turning down their thermostat. We want to feature the very best. We’re looking for big families in Birmingham, small families in Sheffield, couples in Cheltenham, classes in Colchester and all sorts of groups from Grimsby to Gateshead. If you’ve done a 10:10 action and can show us the results we probably want to talk to you.

As the year progresses we need a bunch of 10:10ers we can call on to create case studies which will be featured on 1010uk.org, in your local press and in national press up and down the country. This is a great opportunity to let your community know what you and yours have been contributing to the UK’s most exciting climate campaign.

So if you think you’re the 10:10 family in your town, or your Sunday league team has cut the carbon already, get in touch. E-mail press@1010uk.org with your contact details and we’ll take care of the rest.

10:10 Brighton & Hove up and running

A full 10:10 out of ten for Brighton & Hove as businesses get on board to cut carbon emissions.

The businesses of 10:10 Brighton & Hove

Last week saw the first of many events planned as part of the really exciting (for us anyway) Brighton & Hove 10:10 campaign which has been initiated to help the whole city reduce carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.

Forty key businesses and various representatives from the area attended the event which was a kick-start consultation to encourage engagement from the business community and provide valuable research prior to the campaign’s official launch in the city. It also provided a chance to seek out local business ‘pioneers’ who will help communicate the 10:10 message across a wide range of networks and organisations.

There were presentations from local campaign director James Grugeon and team member, Lorraine Bell, as well as a keynote address from eco-designer, writer, television presenter and all-round hero Oliver Heath. These were followed by an in-depth breakout session which allowed the guests to provide feedback and input as to how best to get businesses in the city to sign up to the campaign and implement achievable changes to reduce carbon emissions by 10%.

10:10’s Tracey Todhunter, (who runs our cities programme), closed the event with words of support and encouragement for the team and guests; “Today was a perfect example of the inclusive and collaborative approach embodied by 10:10, I met a great team and a very diverse representation of Brighton and Hove’s Business community. It was inspiring and rewarding it was to be part of such a well organised and well thought out event.”
James Grugeon, the 10:10 Brighton & Hove director also had some encouraging words: “Business forms a crucial strand within the local 10:10 campaign, so as a team we felt it was really important to offer an opportunity for business representatives in the city to share their thoughts and suggestions with us. This allows us to develop useful and relevant tools and support mechanisms to help Brighton & Hove achieve its 10:10 goals.

“The 10:10 Brighton & Hove team is made up of a selection of business owners and representatives from a range of organisations. Each member brings diverse skills and experience, as well as a great commitment to ensure the campaign is interesting, fun, informative and achievable. Following the buzz at this first event, we’re all really excited about taking Brighton & Hove forward with an official campaign launch, which is coming soon.”

Fantastic stuff James! Brighton are showing a lot of cities around the UK just how to do it! They signed up to the national 10:10 campaign last year and they are becoming one of the pioneering 10:10 cities by developing a localised programme of activities and communications throughout the year and across the city. We can’t wait for the next event, maybe we’ll even pop down for a day at day on the pier.
Check out some photos from the event from our Flickr archive.

And if you’re inspired by the crew in Brighton, get in touch. For media enquiries for 10:10 Brighton & Hove contact: Fay MacDonaldfay@diosamedia.com.

And to learn more about 10:10 cities get in touch with Tracey here at 10:10 HQ: 020 7388 6688

New online training for small businesses and organisations

You might already know that the Carbon Trust offers free surveys for organisations spending over £50k a year on energy. But if your energy spend is less than that, you no longer have to miss out.

Their brilliant new online training tool gives smaller organisations the chance to access the kind of advice and energy savings enjoyed by those qualifying for a full survey.

In their own words:

Carbon Surveys are free for Businesses, Organisations and Educational bodies with annual energy spend of £50K and above. It takes around 10 minutes to apply online. We then arrange for a carbon expert to visit the premises, conduct a carbon survey, measure their carbon footprint, and prepare a list of recommendations specific to their premises that helps them reduce their carbon emissions. Most who apply the recommendations on average cut their energy costs by 20%, with little or no cost to implement and fairly immediately.

We have also since launched a new online tool that helps Businesses/Organisations with annual energy spend below £50K reduce carbon emissions by applying similar tips/recommendations as a Survey would deliver. Visit the online tool at www.carbontrust.co.uk/onlinetraining

More info on carbon surveys…