by Tobi Kellner Information Department
“Can heat from rotting horse manure help reduce my gas bills?”
“How many solar panels do I need to power an electric car?”
“Is my land suitable for a wind turbine?”
These are the kinds of questions you encounter when you work in CAT’s information department. As part of CAT’s greater mission to “inform, inspire and enable”, our department aims to supply anyone who wants to live more sustainably with the advice and information they need to actually turn their aspirations into actions. In a typical week we receive more than 100 emails and phone calls with questions and provide detailed face-to-face advice to a similar number of people at the Information Desk, which is staffed 7 days a week as part of the CAT visitors centre. In addition, we constantly expand and update our part of the CAT website to ensure that each of the around 1,000 pages viewed every day is informative and accurate. All the information we provide is impartial and completely free of charge.
Offering this service keeps our team of four information officers pretty busy – but of course that doesn’t stop CAT’s membership officer Catriona from charming us into writing articles for our members’ e-bulletin and the Clean Slate magazine…
Perhaps the most exciting thing about providing a service of this kind at CAT is that we’re right at the source. When we write about the durability of PV panels, we can draw on our engineers’ experience with one of the UK’s oldest large PV roofs. When we do a step-by-step guide to building with hemp and lime, we have a chat with Phil who oversaw the WISE project and also used the material to renovate his own home. Chances are, if you ask us a question we can’t answer directly then we bring it up with our engineers and university lectures over lunch, while munching on Roger’s delicious home-grown organic salad. Keep that in mind when you ask the next tricky question about compost toilets.
To ask your tricky sustainability question, contact us at here