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A day in the life of an architecture student at CAT

The Friday of the November module was a very busy day for the Prof Dip students, with a long awaited field trip and a rather unusual social event in the evening… The day started with breakfast together in the restaurant – for those who could drag themselves out of bed, of course! A little later, we arrived at Portmeirion – the first stop on our field trip. Portmeirion is about an hour’s drive from CAT, near the town of... Read More ››

New Skills in 2014 – Hedgelaying and Restoration

We have a host of exciting new short courses taking place at CAT in the new year, so if you fancy learning something new in 2014 then what about the traditional art of hedgelaying? Our weekend course on Hedgelaying and Restoration will run between the 31st January and the 2nd of February 2014. Why is this skill so important? The course involves both theoretical and practical learning onsite at CAT with Rob Goodsell. Students will learn about different types of hedges, the... Read More ››

Low Carbon Living: Root Vegetable Rösti with Parsley Pesto Hummous

Using calculations being developed for Laura’s Larder, we’ve created a low-carbon Christmas feast. Over the next three weeks we’ll be posting a starter (below), main course and dessert for you to enjoy. Root Vegetable Rösti Serves 8 as a starter Ingredients 2 large potatoes 2 parsnips 2 small onions 1 sweet potato 2 beetroot (ours were chioggia, a beetroot variation with a very distinctive striped pattern) 150g gram (chickpea) flour 2 tbsp cumin seeds ½ tsp salt Oil for frying... Read More ››

Laura’s Larder: thinking about the greenhouse gas emissions connected to our food

Nowadays, many people think about the impact their food has on the environment, as well as how healthy it is. This goes beyond transport to encompass what goes into growing, preparing and packaging – as well as shipping – the food. It’s great that we’re becoming more and more aware of these issues, but it does lead to all sorts of questions: Can I eat more chicken if I don’t eat lamb? If I want to keep eating sausages,... Read More ››

A Splendid Day Visit for Steiner School Students

We had a great visit from the Steiner Academy in Hereford today. With a strong focus on teaching for sustainability, the school practices what it preaches by generating its own electricity on-site using photovoltaic panels. They also have a wood chip boiler for under-floor heating in the classrooms. Core to the school’s ethos is bringing nature into the classroom, supporting creativity in students and promoting respect. During a tour of the CAT site by Ann, a member of our... Read More ››

Whose Larder?

Building on the land-use and diets part of Zero Carbon Britain, Laura Blake, a food and diets researcher at CAT, has embarked upon an exciting new project, tentatively titled ‘Laura’s Larder’. In the first of a new series of blog posts, she explains the importance of thinking holistically about our food. “Whilst working here at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), I have been doing some research into the environmental and health implications of our diets. This work was primarily... Read More ››

Education Blog- The school you wish you went to

GreenSchool is the largest free standing bamboo structure, and the green-est; off-grid school there is, it is somewhere I certainly wish I had attended.   A stuffy classroom in the middle of the city, freezing in the winter and boiling in the summer is no kids idea of fun. However, founder John Hardey, after contemplating these problems has built one-of-a-kind school using natural materials and building methods. Although the climate is a world away from that of the UK, the school... Read More ››

ZCBlog: Does coal have a role in reducing emissions?

Coal use for electricity production today Currently in the UK, around 80% of all our annual greenhouse gas emissions come from producing and using energy. Burning coal, gas and oil emits carbon dioxide (CO2) and contributes to climate change. Together, these fuels provide around 90% of the UK’s primary energy supply. Some of these fossil fuels are used directly – petrol and diesel (oil) in our vehicles for example; but some are burnt to produce the electricity we use.... Read More ››

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