#SustFest18 – a model for engaging the local community towards change

Transition Network have published a great review blog of Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 – with some fantastic photos! It’s good to get some national coverage and recognition for all the effort and energy our amazing community demonstrates each year.

https://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/sustainable-stalbans-week-in-review/

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#plasticfree Community Picnic – Launch of Plastic Free St Albans during Sustainable St Albans Week 2018

Thurs & Friday events #SustWeek18


Thursday 26th April


28239007_2023919054513118_3885415282660869675_oST ALBANS – A SUSTAINABLE CITY
St Albans BID
St Peter’s Street – West side, St Albans AL1 3JE.
9am – 4pm.  FREE!

Drop by at our marquee to find out how you can #lovelocal and support your City’s businesses to flourish sustainably. You may even pick up some discounts and money-saving tips too!

http://www.stalbansbid.com


affinitysquad.jpgEVERY DROP COUNTS – STALL
Affinity Water
St Peter’s Street – West side, St Albans AL1 3JE.
9am – 4pm.  FREE!

As part of creating a more sustainable St Albans, Affinity Water will be along side St Albans BID promoting water efficiency and the new Refill St Albans Campaign.

http://www.affinitywater.co.uk


Veolia_popupMEET MUNCH THE RECYCLING LORRY
Veolia UK Ltd
St Peter’s Street – West side St Albans AL1 3JE.
10am – 4pm.  FREE!

Munch the Lorry will be on tour – today in St Albans, encouraging children and their parents to put the right thing in the right bin. Come and meet Munch!

http://www.veolia.co.uk


AECOMtalk,jpgTHE SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
AECOM
AECOM House, Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3ER.
6pm – 8pm.  FREE!

Speakers (who live/work in St Albans): Geraint John (St Albans Civic Society), Nicola Gillen (AECOM) and Ant Wilson (AECOM) on architecture, building engineering and interior design for health, sustainability and well being.  Book: ant.wilson@aecom.com

http://www.aecom.com


woodcraft-folk-logoFREE WOODCRAFT FOLK – OUTDOOR TASTER SESSiON
St Albans District Woodcraft Folk
Nomansland Common – meet at Ferrers Lane Car Park AL4 8EJ.
6.15pm – 7.45pm.  FREE!

Come and play with the Woodcraft Folk -for children aged 6-9 and their families. All welcome. Arrive 6pm for 6.15pm start.  Email for info and to book your space. stalbanswoodcraftfolk@gmail.com

http://www.woodcraft-stalbans.org


Row of bicycles for rent in London, UKON THE RIGHT TRACK – TALK BY FORMER LIB DEM TRANSPORT MINISTER NORMAN BAKER
St Albans Liberal Democrats
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Marlborough Road, St Albans AL1 3XG.
7.30pm – 9pm.  FREE!

Making transport affordable, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable. Former Lib Dem transport minister Norman Baker talks on the revolution in transport systems. Norman was Managing Director of the solar-powered bus company ‘The Big Lemon’.

http://www.stalbanslibdems.org.uk/sustainable_stalbans_week

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Friday 27th April


28277291_2023928421178848_1664697287130432150_nBLAZING BLUES WOMEN ONLY BIKE RIDE
HSBC UK Breeze by British Cycling
Leave from Harpenden Cycles, Southdown, Harpenden AL5 1QQ.
10am – 2pm.  FREE!

We are heading along the lanes east of Harpenden, to a favourite chocolate shop! We colour code rides to help you choose. Blazing Blue rides are 20 – 30 miles and 9 – 11mph. Women only. Booking essential. Full details on booking.

http://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/blazing-blue-does-sust-week


HertsWASecond handSUSTAINABLE SWISH – CLOTHES SWAP
Hertfordshire WasteAware Partnership
Premier Inn, 1 Adelaide Street, St Albans AL3 5BH.
Drop off: 11am – 12 noon. Swishing event: 1pm – 4pm.  FREE!

Drop off clothes/accessories to swap 11am – 12 noon; get tokens for items donated; have a coffee/go shopping.  Swishing event runs between 1pm – 4pm.

http://www.bit.ly/2rrgCb9


woodcraft-folk-logoFREE WOODCRAFT FOLK OUTDOOR TASTER SESSiON
St Albans District Woodcraft Folk
Nomansland Common – meet at Ferrers Lane Car Park AL4 8EJ.
6.15pm – 7.45pm.  FREE!

Come and play with the Woodcraft Folk – for children and young people in groups aged 6 – 9, 10 – 12 and 13 – 15. Arrive 6pm for 6.15pm start. Email for info and to book your space: stalbanswoodcraftfolk@gmail.com

http://www.woodcraft-stalbans.org


28058475_2023932431178447_3926740786652763021_nSUSTAINABILITY THINKING BOX
Thinking Box
Trinity URC, 1 Beaconsfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RD.
7.30pm – 10pm.  £3 on the door; £2 concessions.

Global Sustainability Thinking Box – Join us to watch two short films, each followed by facilitated small group and plenary discussions. (max 60).

http://www.meetup.com/ThinkingBox/events/246833338


VerPoetsECO POETRY
Ver Poets
St Michael’s Parish Centre next to the church , St Michael’s Street, AL3.
8pm – 10pm.  FREE!

Reading poems on Sustainability themes, written by members or selected from anthologies. Please, if you wish, bring your own poem to read, or just come to enjoy some poetry.  All welcome.

http://www.verpoets.co.uk

Wednesday Events

www.sustainablestalbans.org

Wednesday 25th April


JoConnorholy-blue-1LIFE AND LAND IN VERULAMIUM PARK – GUIDED TOUR
John O’ Conner (GM) Ltd
St Michaels Car Park, Verulamium Park AL3 4SW.
10am – 12 noon
and 2pm – 4pm.   FREE!

Guided tour of Verulamium Park discussing Roman history, history of the park, flora, fauna, ecotones and bio-diversity. Rain? Wrap up or get wet! Walks will still go ahead. http://www.johnoconner.co.uk


HertsHelp logoHERTFORDSHIRE WARMER HOMES SCHEME
National Energy Foundation (together with HertsHelp)
St Albans Market.
9am – 4.30pm.  FREE!

You may be entitled to free/discounted home energy improvements at Hertfordshire Warmer Homes Scheme.  Talk to us or contact info@hertshelp.net or 0300 123 4044.  http://www.nef.org.uk


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TOUR OF THE AGRIVERT ANAEROBIC DIGESTION FACILITY
Agrivert
North London AD, Coursers Farm, Coursers Road, Colney Heath AL4 0PG.
10.30am – 11.30pm.  FREE!

Discover what happens to your food waste after it is collected from the kerbside. Parking limited. Sturdy footwear advisable.  Call: 01727 819466.  Booking essential: sustainability@stalbans.gov.uk  http://www.touragrivert.eventbrite.co.uk/s=7223900


Harpenden WalkingReading Library_imageHARPENDEN LIBRARY WALKING READING GROUP  (under 3 miles)
Harpenden Library
27 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU.
10.30am – 12 noon. Donation £1

Gentle stroll round Rothamsted Park discussing ‘The 100 year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson.  Refreshments. Booking is essential. In person or phone: 0300 123 4049. http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries


Shaker Party_St Albans LibrarySHAKER PARTY – FOR TODDlERS
St Albans Library
The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3JQ.
10.30am – 11.30am FREE! Donations welcome.

Help your toddler make a shaker and then play along with songs and rhymes! Please bring a single use plastic bottle you would otherwise throw away. (The library will have some too).  Book in person or phone 0300 123404.

Donations welcome. 1 ticket is for one adult and one child limited to 30 children and their adults. http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries


28056116_2023901871181503_4450916738128946769_nSTORY TENT AND TEA TIME TALES
Story Tent at Trestle
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 OJQ.
10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm.  £6

A fun filled hour of interactive storytelling and craft with Kathryn Holt; telling a traditional tale: theme of reusing and passing skills from one generation to the next.  For idea of numbers, leave message on Story Tent at Trestle Facebook page or text 07758 667624. http://www.trestle.org.uk/participate/classes-workshops/story-tent


Asian HerbsOPEN HERB GARDEN – FOR ASIAN COOKING
Herts Asian Women’s Association
Habiba’s garden, CDA Community Gardens, Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TZ.
11am – 2pm.  FREE!

We will show you what herbs to grow and how to use them in Asian dishes.  If it rains – wear suitable outdoor clothing.


ApsleyPaperMillPAPER MILL – FLAT AND WHITE AND GREEN ALL THROUGH
Frogmore Paper Mill
Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, HP3 9RY. Pay parking Durrants Hill Road car park HP3 9RG.
1pm – 4pm.  FREE!

Recycling for over 100 years – see where paper from local schools gets recycled. Paper is fascinating. Join us: guest speakers, papermaking, mill tour. Learn about paper waste.  To book: email education@thepapertrail.org.uk or call 01442 234600.  http://www.thepapertrail.org.uk


EARthworksOPEN EVENING AND PROJECT LAUNCH WITH SEED AND SEEDLING SWAP
Earthworks, St Albans
Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TZ.
5.30pm – 8pm.  FREE!

Introducing our new project supporting communities and developing green spaces. Enjoy our gardens, seed/seedling swap, music and refreshments. http://www.earthworksstalbans.co.uk


mainCONNECTING TO NATURE THROUGH THE GREAT OUTDOORS – PANEL DISCUSSION
University of Hertfordshire
de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU.
6pm – 9pm.  FREE!

Expert speakers exploring the role of outdoor activities, from walking and food growing to outdoor learning, and how they can contribute to improved health and happiness.

https://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/events/2018/april/connecting-to-nature-in-the-great-outdoors


InterfaithFAITH: FRIEND OR FOE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Inter Faith St Albans
Board Room, Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill,
St Albans AL1 1HE.
7.30pm – 9pm.  FREE!

Maintaining a sustainable environment is a faith issue. We will explore the who, what, why, when and how issues of working together on the impact of faith upon the environment.


greenhousingHOUSING FOR ALL – IS THERE A SUSTAINABLE WAY – TALK
St Albans & District Green Party
Marlborough Road Methodist Church Hall, St Albans AL1 3XG.
8pm – 10pm.  FREE!

How can we ensure sustainable housing? A panel of expert speakers will outline the problems and some solutions. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.  http://www.sagreens.org.uk

Speed Networking and Sharing Event

Suporters logoWhether you are helping protect birds in the local environment, or encouraging your local church to reduce single-use plastic – this event is for you!

If you want to meet up with others organising or supporting #SustWeek18 events – and find out what they are doing –  pick up brochures, flyers and posters, then come along!  Friday 16th March at 7pm- 9pm in central St Albans, five mins from the station.


Click here to find out more and book your place


You will be able to pick up publicity material and copies of the brochure to share with your groups, neighbours and friends.

All organisers and supporters of Sustainable StAlbans Week are invited to this informative, fun and sociable event – there will be wine, soft drinks and specially locally prepared snacks and plant-based canapes. See you there!

 

 

 

Sustainable Money by Catherine Ross

How green is your finance, and does it matter?

Where we save and invest our money has an enormous environmental impact, that most of us don’t even stop to consider.

With most of the choices we make, the impact on the environment is pretty direct … whether we drive or walk, for example, or whether we recycle.  With our money, it’s trickier, but just as important. Do you know what companies your pension fund invests in, and does it matter? Is the degree of climate risk that your money is exposed to at a level you are comfortable with?  How can big companies be encouraged to act environmentally?  How transparent are companies about their environmental standards in the first place?  And if we did want to move our money, what choices are there?

On Tuesday 24th April, we will get insights into important questions like these at Sustainable Money: Climate Risk and Investment.  Expert speakers from CCLA, S&P Global, and The Big Shift will speak and then take your questions.