Since the Paris climate agreement, there has been increasing acceptance that we must move towards a zero carbon future, and that we have all the technical solutions to do so. But another question remains: how do we make these changes happen? Continue reading “Introducing Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen”
After 18 months of intensive study and hard work CAT’s 5th year Architecture Professional Diploma students laid out their final projects for us all to see.
Transforming their classrooms the students created sleek exhibition spaces to show off their detailed plans and intricate models. Continue reading “Congratulations to CAT’s Architecture prof dips!”
Come and see us at Energy Now Expo – the only renewable energy event for farmers and landowners, taking place in Telford on 8-9 February. Exploring a wide range of technologies, including anaerobic digestion & biogas, biomass, heat pumps, hydro, solar, wind and energy efficiency, it promises to be a very interesting and useful couple of days. Continue reading “Talking renewables at Energy Now Expo”
How can we use and manage water in a more sustainable way? CAT volunteer and MSc student Ed Macdonald has been exploring the issues and delving into the detail of hydro power.
Born in the year of the water dragon, perhaps my interest in watercourses is to be expected. As a kid in a nearby natural sandpit I was enchanted by flow of the stream, able to bypass attempts to dam it with clay. Fast forward 20 years, I found a refreshing challenge in designing water treatment facilities for schools in the Kenyan highlands with an NGO, which led me to CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment for further training. Continue reading “Waves, weirs and waterwheels – unleashing the power of water”
It’s now almost ten years since CAT’s first Zero Carbon Britain report was published. Today zero carbon is becoming a much more commonly accepted goal – but we urgently need to make it happen! Paul Allen introduces a new report, due out in spring, that looks at the barriers to getting to zero and how these can be overcome.
On 5 October 2016, the threshold number of signatories to the Paris Agreement was achieved, enabling it to enter into force on 4 November 2016. This historic agreement is underpinned by a global consensus of science that clearly recognises the need to reach zero carbon. Fortunately, a wide range of detailed scenarios and real-life practical projects clearly demonstrate that we already have the tools and technologies needed to get us there. Continue reading “Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen”
CAT’s Architecture Professional Diploma students celebrate the end of their studies with a private view of their work and a party at CAT on 20th January.
This unique event invites industry VIPs, students, local people and friends of CAT to view the final projects of these up-and-coming architects after 18 months of intensive study. Transforming study rooms into exhibition spaces their inspirational designs and models will be available to view with the students themselves on-hand to talk guests through their visions. This will be a unique insight into the ideas of the architects of our future. Continue reading “Celebrate with CAT’s architects of the future”
Landscape archaeologist and CAT MSc student Jemma Bezant looks at how messages from the past about human adaptation and resilience can resonate today in the face of coastal erosion and rising sea levels. Continue reading “Can archaeology save our seas? Borth coastal defence scheme and human adaptation”
Can you spare a few minutes to help CAT in the development of our strategic planning?
We are reviewing how best we can maximise our impact towards our mission of delivering practical solutions for sustainability. As a result we will set our objectives for the next three to five years.
If you are a CAT supporter or a customer using one of our services we would like to ask you to complete this short online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CentreAltTech
The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and is being managed on CAT’s behalf by ACEVO, an umbrella organisation for charities which specialises in supporting strategic development.
All responses will be treated as confidential and anonymous.
Responses to this survey will be crucial in helping CAT to establish its future priorities and objectives over the next few years. We would be really grateful for your help.
Earlier this year WRAP, world leaders in supporting organisations to be more recycling efficient, launched a nationwide competition called Ready, Set, Recycle. The project worked in collaboration with The Scout Association to challenge Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts to recycle as much packaging over 4 months as possible. The individual troops documented their process and shared it with other scout groups through the Scout Association website.
WRAP has announced local troop the 3rd Aberystwyth Scouts as the winners. The prize was a goodie bag from Recycle Now and a group trip to CAT.
CAT’s dedicated teaching staff Christine McLennan and Ann MacGarry took the winners on a fun filled tour of CAT’s recycling and waste displays followed by a hands-on recycling workshop to further inspire their recycling efforts.
WRAP Director Marcus Gover said about the project,
“The ‘Ready, Set, Recycle’ challenge is a positve way to engage the whole family and get them recycling more at home. The Scout Association is well-known for the work it does to encourage young people to help their local communities, so we are extremely pleased to also be supporting the Environmental Conservation Activity Badge.”
We’re extremely proud to announce that CAT Chief Executive Adrian Ramsay has been named as one of five rising stars in the third sector by charity leaders’ network ACEVO.
The ACEVO Fellowship Awards champion inspirational and emerging leaders from across the country, identifying those who deserve greater recognition for their work and achievements locally, nationally and internationally.
Adrian, who has been CAT’s Chief Executive since June 2014, said:
“This award is a great recognition of CAT’s achievements over the last couple of years and our crucial role in promoting practical solutions for sustainability. Staff across the organisation have worked hard to grow the impact of our work as our mission to support people and organisations in building a zero carbon future becomes ever more pressing.
“We have seen substantial growth in student intake to our postgraduate courses in sustainability and architecture and a doubling of the number of people taking CAT short courses. We have introduced a new trail around the CAT site, opening up access to our woodlands. More organisations are coming to CAT as an eco venue for conferences, retreats and away days. The reach of our Zero Carbon Britain project continues to grow, with my colleague Paul Allen having delivered presentations at the last two international climate change conferences.
“I’m delighted to accept the award and look forward to using the opportunities offered by the fellowship to support CAT’s continued development and growth.”
Paul Farmer, Chair of ACEVO said: “ACEVO and the Leadership Trust Foundation are delighted to announce these awards. They are only ever issued to candidates of the highest quality whose passion, professionalism and ability to inspire place them at vanguard of emerging leaders. Their beneficiaries, causes, staff and boards are all fortunate to have these individuals at the helm. Too often hard work and vision do not get the recognition they deserve. These awards attempt to address that deficit.”
Other winners from the sector are: Gail Gibbens, CEO of Sheffield Futures; Anita Grover, CEO of Auditory Verbal UK; Trish McGrath, CEO of Aberystwyth Students Union and Jane Bake, the Director of Service Innovation and Integration at St Barnabas Hospice.
We’re really pleased that CAT’s work in researching and promoting sustainable solutions has been recognised in this way.