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Climate Literacy Training

Officers and Coucnillors of the Town Council are now Carbon Literate.

The Council is committed to developing the skills and knowledge of the Council team.

Officers and Members are receiving Carbon Literacy Training.

See below for more information and see how changing your behaviour can make a difference.

Penrith Repair Café 2022

PACT is running Repair Cafés in Penrith based at the Old Fire Station in Penrith – every month on the second Saturday in the morning from 10am to 1pm.

If you have any queries, please phone Trevor on 01768 863424. Please make your way round to the back of the building on the left to the rear car park for registration.

The lsit below conatins dates for the repair cafe with links to an external website:

Saturday 9th July: 10am-1pm, Penrith Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane CA11 8HY

Saturday 13th August: 10am-1pm, Penrith Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane CA11 8HY

Saturday 10th September: 10am-1pm, Penrith Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane CA11 8HY

Saturday 8th October: 10am-1pm, Penrith Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane CA11 8HY

Saturday 12th November: 10am-1pm, Penrith Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane CA11 8HY

Saturday 10th December: 10am-1pm, Penrith Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane CA11 8HY

For more information use this underlined link to open the PACT information page for the repair cafe


Please use the underlined link below to open the latest newsletter from PACT:

PACT Newsletter

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CAfS website

Climate Updates June 2022

Community Climate Champions – recruiting now!

As part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria programme, Cumbria Action for Sustainability is recruiting 20 community climate champions to help deliver the second year of a programme to boost knowledge about climate science and solutions and inspire people to take action in their own lives.  The volunteers will receive training and support to deliver these sessions in their community, including a 1 day comprehensive, accredited Carbon Literacy training course.

This opportunity is open to people over the age of 18 only.  To support diversification of the voices in the Cumbrian climate movement applications are particularly welcomed from individuals on a low income, individuals in areas without an existing sustainability group or from anyone who feels that their voice, or the voice of their community is under-represented.  Closing date for return of applications is 9am on 6 July 2022.

Further details and an application form are available on the CAfS website.

Volunteer: Community Climate Champion – CAfS

Study commissioned into Cumbria based nature curriculum for schools

Cumbria County Council has appointed Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC), in partnership with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and The University of Cumbria, to produce a report to help establish an improved nature curriculum for young people in Cumbria.

The study will focus on the provision of place-based learning about the environment and sustainability for schools in Cumbria. It will include learning about the local environment and wider Cumbrian landscape, issues of sustainability, climate change and biodiversity as well as experiences that build appreciation for nature and the environment.  Work for the study is now underway and will begin reporting in the autumn.  If any schools and education providers are interested in contributing to the report or would like further information, please get in touch with

Cumbria County Council commissions study into Cumbria based nature curriculum for schools

Once Upon a Planet at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle

This new exhibition at Tullie House runs from 25th June to 10th September.   Once Upon A Planet will feature new displays of the museum’s Natural Science collections to create an exciting, fun and hopeful exhibition, developed in conversation with our Young Advisors, Sustainable Carlisle, Natural England and the Heathlands Trust. These fun and interactive displays will showcase the amazing diversity of life in Cumbria, engage the next generation in nature and inspire a love for the planet. The exhibition is part of a two-year initiative funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association.            

Once Upon A Planet | Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Once Upon A Planet Events and Activities | Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Partnership aiming to turbo-charge Cumbria’s Electric Vehicle charge point availability

Public and private sector representatives from across Cumbria have come together to form a partnership which aims to significantly expand Cumbria’s Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Supported by EV charging infrastructure specialists, the partnership formed in Autumn 2020 and has since been mapping potential locations for the installation of EV charge points across the county. Hard to reach places are a particular focus, along with locations near households with little or no access to off-street parking.

The work completed by the partnership will be used to support ambitious bids to the UK Government’s On street Residential ChargePoint Scheme (ORCS) and the new Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot, to fund the roll out of public EV charging infrastructure across Cumbria.

The private sector also has an important role to play in the provision of EV charging infrastructure and the partnership is keen to support businesses across the county, of any shape and size, who are planning to install their own EV charge points.

Partnership aiming to turbo-charge Cumbria’s Electric Vehicle charge point availability

Other updates from around Cumbria

Environment and Climate Change newsletter – Summer 2022 (

Cumbria County Council awarded Bronze Carbon Literate Organisation accreditation

Partners team up with Stagecoach to give Sellafield a lift – GOV.UK (

Sustainable Keswick Carshare – How it works – YouTube

Woodlands in Cumbria receive £500k boost – Lake District Foundation

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The government is providing grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). These grants can help property owners overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies.

The scheme is open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales. It runs from 2022 to 2025.

The scheme offers:

  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

Boiler Upgrade Scheme – GOV.UK (

Five reasons to get a heat pump – GOV.UK (

Great uptake of Carbon Literacy training in Cumbria

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) delivered 68 carbon literacy training sessions in 2021 to a range of organisations and individuals, including Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council and Eden District Council, open courses for mixed audiences and a specialist course for hospitality businesses, including Langdale Leisure.

Courses ranged from full-day, accredited climate and carbon literacy training, to shorter courses giving an overview of climate science and solutions for Cumbria.

Any organisation interested in the bespoke organisational training or open audience courses should contact

Great uptake of carbon literacy courses – CAfS

Community Climate Grants to move towards a Zero Carbon Cumbria 

A reminder that the new Community Climate Grant fund of £100,000, backed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is open for applications to help local community groups fight climate change.   Groups can apply for grants ranging from £200 to £10,000, for projects and events to raise awareness of the urgent need to stop climate change and to reduce carbon emissions from energy use, land use, waste and transport.  The grants are part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission reduction programme to make Cumbria carbon neutral by 2037.

Community Climate Grants to move towards a Zero Carbon Cumbria  – CAfS

Penrith Community Gardeners

  • The community gardeners are meeting again – safely.
  • The Penrith Community Gardeners meet on Tuesday mornings at 10am at the Salvation Army at Hunter Lane for couple of hours around town of ‘green gym’ and ‘vocal chord’ exercise not forgetting smiles and laughter!

Carbon Footprint Calculators

Measure your carbon footprint with the Cumbria Action for Sustainability calculators

Calculating your carbon footprint is a good way of understanding your carbon impact and how your lifestyle or the way you run your business affects it. Knowing that can help you to reduce it, which helps to protect the environment and can also save you money.

CAfS have  worked with Carbon Footprint Ltd to develop these free carbon calculator tools, one for residents and one for small to medium businesses. They’re freely available for anyone in Cumbria and Lancashire to use. They are funded by South Lakeland District Council and CAfS will be working with various communities to encourage their use, starting with Ambleside, to support their zero-carbon ambitions.

Use this link to visit the CAfS webiste page that will give your more information on this topic

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