Forthcoming events from Sustainable St Albans and friends – across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages.

See here for dates of information sessions in January and February

Soroptimist International St Albans & District’s Planet Team presents: What’s next after COP 26? Zoom online: Mon 24 Jan 7.30 – 9pm.

What‘s next after COP26? How do we achieve climate justice for women, particularly in Africa? – for more see the website 

Hear two eminent speakers from the UK academic and the African international development communities – to highlight what COP26 achieved. They will identify the challenges still facing women in the developed world and in Africa, and what is needed to achieve climate justice.

Please book on Eventbrite:

1st Speaker – Mike Wilkins, Executive Director/Professor of Practice in the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College  speaks about progress was achieved at COP26 in Glasgow and what key challenges remain.  

2nd Speaker. Mrs Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong , Director of Programme Implementation and Coordination at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, talks about the impact of climate change in Africa, the specific issues facing women in particular and the financial aid needed to achieve climate justice.

Playing Out Information sessions

Weds 23 Feb 8-9pm
Mon 28 Feb 10-11am

Free online sessions. Find out how to apply to close your road up to 8 times a year for play and community building.

Book at

Dates announced for the 2022 Harpenden Sustainability markets.

See for more information.


Our Planet Our Future: Climate Conversation

Mon 10 Jan 2022 , 7.30pm-9.30pm


Just started learning about climate change? Or been living a sustainable lifestyle with climate in mind for 

Just started learning about climate change? Or been living a sustainable lifestyle with climate in mind for years? Do you want to talk with others about climate change, but you’re not quite sure how? 

Why not come to this facilitated online “Climate Conversation” session.  A “Climate Conversation” is a chance to stop and really talk about climate change, and what we need to do – both as individuals and as a society.

This evening will be an opportunity to reflect, learn and prioritise with the help of like minded people from your community. 

Book your place here

Good COP? Bad COP?
What next for our District?
Annual General Meeting 2021

Thu 2nd December 2021

The Plough & Harrow, 88 Southdown Road, Harpenden AL5 1PR 7.30-9.00pm

Join us in person or online to hear about our work over the past year and to plan ahead in our response to the COP26 Climate Talks. Book here…

Harpenden Sustainability Market 21st November 2021

For more information on stallholders click here

COP 26 Open Mic Night

Tues 9th Nov 2021


We are in a climate emergency! What can WE do? How can we change things?

Join us for an evening of shared ideas about climate change and the current state of affairs in the second week of COP 26. We will have an intro talk from a local speaker followed by an open mic session of 3-5 minute slots

Book now:  here.

Bennets Club, 21 Leyton Rd, Harpenden, AL5 2HU.

Climate Justice Action Rally

Sat 6th November 2021

Meet St Albans Civic Centre 11.30am

SSA is supporting the St Albans city centre rally being organised by St.Albans Friends of the Earth as part of the Global Day for Climate Justice on Saturday November 6, when groups across the world will be asking politicians to listen to the voices of ordinary people. See more…

Halloween Spooktacular

25th-31st October 2021

Across St Albans District

Sustainable St Albans’ project, Playing Out St Albans District, is delighted to be working with St Albans Rainbow Trail this October on a seasonal and fun project aimed at connecting neighbours and building community in a low-carbon way. Click here for Halloween Spooktacular.

Climate action plan: tailored training and support for community groups, businesses and organisations

Session 1: Thursday 14 October 10-4pm

Training Day: What is net zero carbon and what does it mean for us?  A practical training day to help your organisation create a ‘net zero carbon’ plan, and learn about the Council’s plans.

Session 2: Thursday 3 March 10-4pm (date tbc)

Feedback and Peer Review Session: Share your draft net zero carbon plan and get input and feedback from your peers

What is net zero carbon and what does it mean for us? Sustainable St Albans has developed a programme to support organisations to take climate action in your activities with two training workshops and on-hand support between.  We help you understand your organisation’s role in the community effort to tackle climate change, make meaningful commitments and develop your own action plan.

Pricing will depend on the status of your organisation. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.

Registered charities with no permanent staff will have their £25 fee refunded on attendance at the second session in 2022.

For more information and to book your place, click here.

Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by the Transition Network helped us to deliver this training.

Following the success of Harpenden’s first Sustainability Market on 18th July 2021, our next market will be on 
Sunday 19th September 2021, 10am to 3pm on Harpenden High Street!

Film Screening – “Tomorrow” 

Tuesday 14th September 2021


Join us for a film screening of thought provoking documentary film “Tomorrow. Watch and discuss an uplifting film with us about actions taken around the world to tackle climate change. More information can be found here. Book here.

Bennets Club, 21 Leyton Rd, Harpenden, AL5 2HU.

Trustee zoom information session

Wed 18 August

we’re looking for one or two new trustees to join the existing team of six, starting in the autumn. You can read the role description here

If you’re interested, the first step is to come to a no-commitment information session with a couple of our current trustees.  We’ve got morning and evening sessions:

Click to register on the one that suits you. Email the trustees with any questions.    
(We’re conscious our current trustee team doesn’t fully represent the diversity of the district, and we’d actively like to improve this, to ensure our work engages more widely across the District. If you can help with this, we’d very much welcome hearing from you.)

Open Food Gardens July & August

Harpenden Sustainable Market 18th July with eco-businesses, environmental and sustainability charities and community groups!

More information

Thursday 8 July 2021, 7.30-9.00pm

#Countdown to COP

Hear from the panel about our next initiative now SustFest21 is over. Speakers including Tom Vellacott, CEO of WWF Switzerland, Ipsita Bhatia from Count Us In, and Suzanne Dolan (local resident and sustainability lead for BBC’s Eastenders) will talk about #CountdownToCOP from a global, national and local perspective. Book your place now to learn more about how you can play your part in Count Us In.

A free online Zoom event – book here

SustFest21 Sustainability Festival
100+ events from 23 May to 6 June.

Award-winning festival all about sustainable living. Something for everyone – all ages. Choose an event to suit you – join in!

Talks and walks, films and food, live music events, crafts, scavenger hunts, magical mayflies, and two sustainable markets in St Albans city centre.

Some events need booking. Most are FREE.

Tuesday 25 May 2021 – #SustFest21 event

Kiss the ground – film discussion


A free online zoom event – book here

One of the biggest problems is right under our feet: the soil. This film awakens us to the possibilities of regeneration. Watch the film (either on Netflix or via the link you will receive), then join us to discuss it on 25th May. The film is free for our members to watch sponsored by grant funds of Kiss the Ground.

Monday 10 May 2021 7.30pm – 9pm

Creating a green recovery – from what is to what if?

A free online zoom event – book here

Many of us know it is necessary, but how do we actually go about ensuring a Green recovery? Why not come and hear from our speakers who will tell us about pressure from citizens and industry action:

  • Pressure from citizens: Paul Thistlethwaite from Thinking Box will talk to us about about local democracy, including Citizens Assemblies
  • Industry activity:Adam Elman, Group Sustainability Director at Klöckner Pentaplast, will talk to us about how companies are addressing climate change. 

Friday 23 April 4.00 – 5.30pm

Understanding Climate Change for Teachers

Understanding Climate Change for Teachers, a free CPD event aimed at teachers who want to increase their confidence to teach about climate change. Covering the basic science of climate change plus how to teach primary and secondary pupils about it in a sensitive and age-appropriate way.

Thursday 22 April 7:30pm

Grow Your Own Food – online Zoom event

As spring warms up the soil and buds turn to leaves and flowers, join us – on Earth Day 2021 – for a FREE online Zoom event on growing your own food.

2021 Playing Out
Information sessions

 Click here for info

  • Monday 15th March 8.oopm
  • Tuesday 16th March 10.30am
  • Monday 19 April 10.30am
  • Wednesday 21 April 8.00pm
  • Friday 28th May 10.30am
  • Monday 21 June at 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 June at 10.30am

Find out how to close your own street up to 8 times a year for play and community building with the Playing Out St Albans District project.

Tuesday 23 March at 7:30pm
Let’s Talk about Eco-anxiety

Online Zoom event

  • Facilitated by: Caroline Hickman
  • lecturer at Bath University
  • board member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.

See more and book here on Eventbrite
There will be an opportunity to learn more about Eco-anxiety from Caroline and her colleague Elouise. You will also be able to ask questions and hear about Caroline’s approach to responding to our natural anxieties about the climate and nature crisis.

Saturday 13 March 2.30pm Open Food Gardens 2021 – organising group zoom meeting

Join us on Saturday 13 March, 2.30-4.00pm, on Zoom; register here to attend, or email us at ofg AT for more information.

This meeting is for anyone who might be interested in helping us to organise this lovely event in 2021. All different kinds of skills needed – from admin, knowing people, maybe having a food garden yourself, being able to help at the entrance stalls to gardens….

Open Good Gardens’ annual free programme – run by residents who are passionate about growing food opening up their gardens to visitors – with advice, tea and cake –  has been running since 2009. Hundreds of people come along to visit the gardens. Seedlings are sometimes on offer.  Local allotments and community growing projects are included. The 2021 programme is likely to be a mix of virtual and traditional open food gardens. In the meantime, do check out the 2020 Open Food Garden videos and this blog on setting up a Low Maintenance Garden 

Tuesday 11 January 7.30-8.30pm. Rising to the Challenge: A Life on our Planet.

Watch David’s Attenborough’s film, hear his impressive and thought provoking witness statement (on your Netflix at home) and then join us for an evening of discussion on how we can rise to the Climate Emergency challenge set out in this film. How do we put nature at the heart of our decisions?  We’ll explore Energy, Food, Restoring Nature and Finance. See Action ideas and resources from the event here

Tuesday 8 December 7.30-8.30pm. Sustainable St Albans Annual General Meeting

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are holding our AGM much later in the year than usual and over Zoom. All are welcome to attend, to hear about our past year’s activities and a brief update on the current year. We will end with contributions from local young people about what the climate crisis means for them. See our AGM page for more details and an agenda.

2020 Open Food Gardens is virtual!

We didn’t run our programme of garden visits in 2020, we went “going virtual” by creating videos of food growing in local gardens.   These can be found on our open food gardens on our Open Food Gardens page.

Carbon literacy/Climate awareness courses in 2020

If you are interested in attending a session or finding out more please email us here

Wednesday 25 November

SADC Sustainability and Climate Crisis Strategy Event: how can we be involved?

Be informed: read the strategy here.

Our panelists have all been involved in drafting this Strategy following the District Council’s Declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2019. The discussion will centre on how we, as a community, can get involved to make the strategy work and create a more sustainable district. There will be plenty of opportunity to take questions from the floor so this is a great opportunity for you to ask anything you want to be answered about the strategy.

Our panel included:

Thursday 12 November

Solar Streets Open Q&A

“This is an open Q&A session held via Zoom for residents of St Albans City & District to learn more about the Solar Streets Scheme, which provides discounted Solar PV installations and adds a donation to a Community Fund with every order.  Savings are usually over 20% versus a standalone quotation and start from £4,000 including VAT for a 12 panel 4kWp system which normally costs over £5,000.  Each residential installation earns £50 towards a Community Fund that will be spent on sustainable projects in the area.  Each typical 4kWp installation saves 1 tonne of CO2 per annum. 

The session is your chance to ask anything you like about the scheme and you need to register by emailing us at” 

Monday 9 November 2020

Sustainable holidays, 7.30-9.00pm, via zoom

Our Planet Our Future logo square 27-11-06Our Planet Our Future – Sustainable Holidays – who knew?

Talks and discussion about taking your sustainable lifestyle on holiday with you

Many aspects of taking a holiday seem to challenge the very principles of sustainable lifestyles but some holiday providers are offering ‘sustainable’ and ‘regenerative’ tourism opportunities.  This event hosts presentations from the CEO of the Youth Hostel Association UK and the founder of Earth-Changers, both of whom promote tourism that consciously places the destination countryside and environment up front and centre.  They will explain how your tourist dollar can generate positive impacts for people and places in the UK and around the world.

Our guest speakers are James Blake, CEO of the Youth Hostel Association and Vicky Smith founder of Earth Changers. Join us to hear from our inspiring speakers and to discuss actions that you can take and pledging on how you can take these actions forward. Free event, please book via Meetup here

Thursday 29 October

Eco Homes zoom event

Expert panel with Q&A. See more and register here Local companies offer practical advice on solar panels, solar thermal, heat pumps, Passivhaus Plus, government Green Homes’ grants and more! Panellists are: Giles Hanforth from the Small Solar Company; Tomas Larsson, director of Better Planet; Andy Tunstall from St Albans Solar Streets, Linda Shall, local resident and proud owner of a Passivhaus Plus; Peter Block local resident and solar tech enthusiast.


7.30pm Thurs 30 July 2020- Share chat/tips on Plastic Free July:  SSA Open Meeting – #PlasticFreeJuly feedback . Time: Jul 30, 2020 19:30 London. See info and book here:

The Story of Plastic -Brand new film special #lockdown online screening – Tickets Limited for 1st July 2020.


FREE Online screening ‘The Story of Plastic – Wed 1st July  7pm.   Details and tickets here. With post-film panel discussion at 8.30pm with Jen Gale, author of the popular Sustainable-ish blog and book; Amanda Yorwerth, St.Albans Friends of the Earth, and Catherine Ross from Sustainable St Albans.

Thursday 18th June 2020 8pm Food Garden Question Time online Book here

Banner Question time

Grow Community Sopwell host the ZOOM online Food Garden Question Time with local food gardeners, Amanda Yorwerth, Ian Langford – chair of FoodSmiles St Albans and Sopwell gardener and allotment holder Michelle Mackenzie. See more and book your ticket on Eventbrite here

Getting Involved in Sustainable St Albans -Zoom Meetings  zoom meet

An informal online Zoom session aimed at anyone who wants to hear a little more about the work of Sustainable St Albans and find out how they could take part –

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