September 2021
LCEO newsletter - September 2021

In this edition:

  • Date of next meeting
  • We need volunteer leafletters!
  • Share your experiences of eco retrofitting!
  • Great Big Green Week
  • FROM THE GROUND UP: Stories of Climate Action
  • Home Retrofit Free Online Event, 28th September
  • Reftrofit Guide from West Oxon District Council
  • Call for Oxford EV users without dedicated charging to participate in trial
  • Local researchers leading the way to zero carbon
  • National Audit Office slams government over failed Green Homes Grant programme
  • Disruptive Mending Groups!
  • Inspiring news from Manchester
  • Place-based carbon calculator

Next LCEO meeting will be Tues 5th October, 8pm

Here's the zoom link for the next meeting.

Meeting ID: 879 1516 7677
Passcode: 478379

LCEO meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month, and we nearly always keep them to 45 minutes!  Everyone is welcome!

At the next meeting...

We'll be finalising plans for a big outreach event for this autumn.  If you think you might have some spare time to help distribute leaflets in your street then come along!

We need volunteer leafletters!

For our big awareness-raising push this autumn we're going to need help putting leaflets through East Oxford doors. Might you have a bit of spare time to deliver in your street? If so, give us a shout by replying to this email!

Share your experiences of eco retrofitting!

LCEO is planning another knowledge-sharing event, and this time the topic is retrofitting East Oxford homes. We've already heard about some great projects on fairly modern properties and some new-builds in the area, but we'd also really love to have input from people with experience working with Victorian terraces (which are so abundant here), and also anyone with info about local suppliers, and grants available for the work. Is this you? Or your neighbour? Get in touch!

Can you help make this newsletter?

Do you love getting the word out about low carbon living?  Do you know your way round Mailchimp, or would you like to learn? We're looking for help putting this newsletter together as our regular volunteer is having to take a break.  If you think you might be interested in getting involved then we'd love to hear from you!  You can get in touch by hitting 'reply' on this email.

Great Big Green Week

Great Big Green Week has begun!  On Saturday events in the county kicked off with a joyful, samba-swung march to Broad Meadow, and there's a huge amount going on in Oxford and surrounding towns until 26th September.  Follow the link for the full programme:

FROM THE GROUND UP: Stories of Climate Action

From the Ground Up is an exhibition, currently on at the Old Fire Station, which features LCEO.  It will run until 9th October - go along and check it out!

Exploring the back stories of 20 climate action groups and the links between the arts, climate change and environmental sustainability, the exhibition aims to celebrate grassroots community action but also help to link community groups and environmental organisations and artists for mutual benefit.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Home Retrofit Free Online Event, 28th September

Welcome to SuperHomes will be held online on Tuesday, 28th September from 6:00 pm and is FREE to all people wanting to learn more about home retrofit and how the SuperHomes project can help them start their retrofit journey. 

This event will explain how the SuperHomes project works, The National Energy Foundation’s (NEF) ambitious target to help the UK achieve 1 million SuperHomes by 2030, and why it is so important for all homeowners to be considering any and all measures they can reasonably take to improve energy efficiency.

Reftrofit Guide from West Oxon District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council has published a retrofit guide. It offers good general guidance on insulation and heating systems.

Call for EV users without dedicated charging to participate in trial

Volunteers sought for electric vehicle gully charger trial in Oxford. Is this you?

Local researchers leading the way

A report outlining Pathways to a Zero-Carbon Oxfordshire has been published by local researchers. One of the lead authors, Nick Eyre, lives in east Oxford!

For more information about the report follow this link:

To download your own free copy, click here:

National Audit Office slams government over failed Green Homes Grant programme

Here's a link to the report:

In the wake of the spectacular failure of the Green Homes grants, we’re waiting for a replacement to help support people who want to insulate their homes. Meanwhile, there is talk of a potential scheme to help with the cost of replacing gas boilers. We'll let you know what we hear...

Disruptive Mending Groups!

Word has reached us of a new and wonderful form of protest!

Street Stitching is an act of gentle disruption that demonstrates the pleasure and necessity of garment repair in areas of fast fashion chains where consumers are already thinking about replacing or adding to their wardrobe.

In high streets across the UK and around the world, people form lines of chairs along the centre of their high streets to sit and mend. Each Street Stitcher has a hand made chair-banner with the hashtag #stitchitdontditchit and a QR code linking to free online repair demos for anyone interested.

There isn't yet a group in Oxford - could you be the one to start one?

Inspiring news from Manchester

Carbon Co-op are planning to launch a people-powered retrofit programme for the Greater Manchester area, backed with a People Powered Retrofit Community Share Issue. Exciting stuff!

Place-based carbon calculator

PBCC is a free tool which estimates the per-person carbon footprint for every Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) in England. LSOAs are small statistical areas with a population of about 1,500 - 3,000. It draws on a wide range of data and research to give a representative view of how carbon footprints vary across the country. PBCC is intended to help communities and policy makers understand where their carbon footprints come from and what we need to do to reduce them. The info also includes indication of potential future cycle routes.

That's it for now!

That's it for this month's newsletter. If you'd like to see something included in next month's newsletter or have an idea for a campaign we could run in east Oxford, send us an email to - we'd love to hear from you.

Best wishes,
The Low Carbon East Oxford Team
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