September 2020
Find out what's happening locally and further afield:
Newsletter Editor: Philip Nalpanis
We are excited to announce St Albans Solar Streets: a cost effective new community solar project – district-wide across St Albans, Harpenden and villages – for all home-owners and businesses to get discounted solar installations:
  • For example, a 12-panel 4 kW system installation for £4,000. You can get fewer or more panels;
  • Any house or business in the district can apply;
  • A community fund donation of £50 for each installation goes to pay for solar power for a local community project;
  • If 6 or more houses on one street get the installation, the community fund rises to £75 per installation – talk to your neighbours now!
As part of their Net Zero Action Plan, St Albans City & District Council are working in partnership with photo-voltaic installer IDDEA Ltd. to help homeowners and businesses install discounted solar panels.

Solar Streets launches formally on 4 September.

For more information click here. There are links there to further information and videos, including upcoming Q&A sessions via Zoom.

Leave your car at home!

Monday 14 September, 7.30 - 9.00 pm - online event via Zoom

Would you like to leave your car at home more? Are you interested in more sustainable transport?

Come and join us for an evening discussing how we reduce our reliance on the car and move to more sustainable modes.


Speaker: Brian Deegan, Urban Movement

How can we improve the street network to encourage more people to walk and cycle? What are the things that hinder this; how can we change them? Wat can we, personally, do?

Of course, not everyone can walk any distance or cycle (although e-bikes are helping with that), so what about local public transport?

Speaker: Andrew Buchanan

How they set up the Harpenden Hopper, how it's progressing, and lessons learnt on setting up a community transport initiative.

Speaker: Marcus Vere

Talking about sustainable distribution and using electric assisted cargo bikes for the last mile - something his organisation Bike Box Delivery  does successfully in Stevenage.

See website for more information and to book your free place.

St Albans Sustainable Market

Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed our special St Albans Sustainable Market on 23 August. It was a grand success, with over 30 stalls and well over a thousand people enjoying the day. We hope you like the photos: here are a few, there are more at the end of the newsletter.

Sustainable St Albans website

Our new volunteer Ali Hood, has been helping us to update our website – the work is still in progress – but if you haven’t had a look yet, please go and see. We welcome any comments you have about the new look!

Wanted: Trustees and Volunteers!

The formal charity has just half a dozen trustees but has many more volunteers who get stuff done.

Trustees: As a charity we need some more trustees to come and join our trustee board, where we keep an eye on funding, think about new projects, support our volunteers, and do admin tasks such as update policies, organise AGMs and awaydays to keep the charity ticking over nicely. The trustees also help make projects happen, as we dont have paid staff at the moment. We meet monthly with some emails in between. Maybe you have some skills or experience to help us with this? Then please get in touch!

Volunteers: All sorts of people act as volunteers - some help out with the ‘events’ sub-group; some put their name forward to help with events or market stalls; others come forward with their own new ideas and get projects going themselves! We don't have any volunteer training as such, but we do love people with bright ideas and some commitment to take them forward! Please get in touch if you’d like to help!

Open Food Gardens Go Virtual!

This year we are “going virtual” with videos of food-growing in local gardens on our Open Food Gardens webpage. Here's the latest addition: a short clip from Mousumi's garden showing the art of growing Bangladeshi pumpkins (here's Mousumi in her garden).
If you are interested in helping with the Open Food Gardens group or volunteering to help with future Open Garden afternoons, please get in touch: we would love to hear from you!

Thermal Imaging Camera - school case study

Ever wondered how the Thermal Imaging Camera works?

Check out the latest case study: Sandringham school borrowed the Sustainable St Albans thermal imaging camera during International Science Week in March..

They aimed to show the pupils the variation in energy efficiency of different buildings, and what happens in heated rooms with windows and doors left open, compared to when these are closed.  Barry Lee, their teacher, said the pupils “were literally blown away by what they could see”.

Read the case study here

Have you seen our latest blogs?


20’s Plenty for St Albans District

Ask your County Councillor to support 20 mph zones throughout Hertfordshire towns and villages.

During lockdown roads felt safer and we saw everyone from small children to the elderly out cycling and walking. Air pollution fell and carbon emissions dropped. Now, however, cars are back and many feel too threatened to cycle, walk or play on their streets.

But, with 20mph speed limits on roads like yours, we can make our streets feel safer once again.

Hertfordshire County Council is proposing a Speed Management Strategy which, if adopted in this form, would mean that speed limits are decided on the basis of existing traffic speeds rather than for reasons of safety and the environment.

We have until 16 September to ask County Councillors to support a Strategy that will permit town- and village-wide 20 mph zones, such as those already in place across many towns, villages and communities across the UK.

Please email your County Councillor and ask them for a Speed Management Strategy that enables speed limits to be determined for reasons of safety and the environment.

St Albans Friends of the Earth are co-ordinating this petition.

Build Back Better St Albans

This new group is looking for organisations and individuals to support its aims.
See the local group
Facebook page here..
See information about the national Build Back Better campaign here

Can your group sign the letter?

Build Back Better St Albans is organising a letter to Daisy Cooper MP to ask her to back a Green New Deal - and they want to hear from local groups that will co-sign the letter.

See the letter to Daisy Cooper MP here
Message the group here to indicate you will back the letter

Sustainable Market: more photos

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