Our May missive:

Tomorrow night, join us to find out about our groundbreaking environmental scorecard for the businesses on our doorstep

Tomorrow night, join us at an informal zoom event to hear about how our environmental scorecard project has been going, what we've learnt so far about businesses on the Botley Road retail park, and how you can help with the next phase.

Phase 1 of the project now complete - we've scored everyone on emissions, recycling and more...

Some really interesting things have already emerged - about how land ownership works, and about which companies are leaders and which are laggards when it comes to corporate scoring.

Phase 2 is go: you can help us score businesses on areas including energy efficiency, litter, flooding, cycle racks...

Curious? Read more about the project here and/or come along to an informal evening to meet the team working on this project at 19h30 on 5 May on Zoom.

We'll cover:
  • Why a scorecard?
  • What we have found out so far and the corporate indicators
  • Introduction to the local indicators, including and opportunity for feedback and how to help going forward with collecting the information we need
  • The chance for you to chose the priority indicators for campaigning in the next month
This event is free and no expertise is neccessary - all welcome.


-> Sign up essential via eventbrite.

Local elections this Thursday - some resources to help you vote

This Thursday, we're heading to the polls for the local election.  With our friends at Communities for Zero Carbon Oxford, we've been part of putting together a questionnaire for all candidates, asking them 12 questions on key environmental themes.

You can find out more about it and see the results for your local area here:

The team behind the Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel, including West Oxford's Neville Scrivener, have also put together a survey of candiates, with more of an active travel focus.  Read more about that, and 'Brighter Oxfordshire', a searchable tactical voting guide based on CoHSAT's survey results, below:

Great books at the Many Voices Collection pop up library this weekend

We have finally (and a little reluctantly) handed over the 23 kids' books we bought to donate to the Many Voices Collection, and they will have their first outing - at which you can borrow them - this coming Saturday.

Event details here.
More about the books here.
Read about our top 4 here.

Food & climate: video resource now online

Thanks to everyone who joined our free expert-led food and climate event this month. 

A video of the workshop, plus link to notes and slides, is now available on the website.  You can also find a video of our recent waste & climate workshop here.


Food and climate – what can we do?

  • Reduce meat and dairy particularly beef and cheese
  • Eat more plants
  • Eat seasonal, local food
  • Eat less processed food

BUT: growing conditions are significant, and food miles are not necessarily a good indicator of sustainability – e.g. Spanish lettuce might be preferable to UK lettuce during winter months.

Recommended reading:

How Bad Are Bananas?: The carbon footprint of everything (Paperback)
Want to know more? We recommend 'How Bad Are Bananas?: The carbon footprint of everything', by Mike Berners-Lee.

COMING UP on 19 May: Improving your home to use less energy

There's still time to sign up for the last of our ACT Now Spring Series.  'Meet' local people who have made changes big or small to their homes, and explore domestic energy use with experts Saskya Huggins from the Low Carbon Hub and Gary Irvine, freelance home energy assessor.

Sign up essential here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Get people walking & cycling - deadline for ideas 28 May

Do you have an idea that can help people in your community to walk or cycle more? Could your idea help others to explore the local area? We want to hear your ideas and help to make them a reality.

About this funding

£45,000 is available, up to £2,500 per idea, for local community projects which aim to encourage residents to adopt more active travel behaviours.

The aim of the fund is to support local residents to walk and cycle more to work, school and in their daily lives. It will work with local community groups to build long-lasting, healthy alternatives to traditional travel so that as many people as possible can enjoy active healthy lifestyles.

  • Do you have an idea that builds on a local strength?
  • Do you want to work with others locally to support neighbours to get out and about more?
  • Can you help those who are less able to access walking and cycling to do so?
  • Do you have an idea for how walking and cycling can support local business?

Get in touch:
07741 733 781

So that we can match you up with the best support, please let us know a brief outline of your idea.

Following this, we will be in touch to have a more detailed discussion.

Important info:

  • Ideas don’t have to be overly formulated at this point and will allow us to match people up where appropriate with other groups or people who have similar plans. That way we hope to avoid duplicate bids where we can benefit from sharing energy and expertise.
  • Recreational cycling and walking are not within the scope of the project unless proposals have clearly considered how this will lead to a change in travel habits for participants.
  • The emphasis of this fund is therefore on walking and cycling for the purposes of travelling.
  • The fund is intended to support those facing greatest barriers to active travel and those who are facing greatest health inequalities in the City.
  • We will look to take the broadest definition of community activation possible i.e. if something will lead to a greater uptake of actively travelling we want to hear about it, even if it is a less traditional method of tackling these challenges.
  • We will endeavour to hold back a portion of the funding to reflect the fact that some proposals may be best started at a later date either due to demand, or to tie in with easing of covid restrictions.
Check out this beautiful, waste-busting Little Library and Mottainai box, made by LCWO Trustee Tony.

You can visit the library and Mottainai box - where you can leave things for others which are no longer of use to you (Bring & Take in a box if you like) - at the bottom of Duke St / start of Marlborough Ct./ path down to King George's Field.

Dates for your diary

It is most satisfying to be pencilling in some dates for events that will not require zoom; we are looking forwards with hope and optimism, but with everyone's safety at the heart of all we do, and hoping a Bring & Take may not be too far away...  And in the meantime, some great stuff coming up online.

Click on the event images below to head to our calendar for more information about upcoming events.

All the best,

Mim & the Low Carbon West Oxford team

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