- Esk Valley and Coast Green Open Homes 5-6th April 2014 – Moor Sustainable provided the opportunity for householders to find out more about energy reduction and generation measures through organising a Green Open Homes event in the Esk Valley and Moors area in April 2014. 11 homes opened their homes for the weekend and provided information for case studies about the work they have undertaken. Click here to see the case studies.
- Big Energy Saving Network Workshops – In 2013-14, Moor Sustainable provided advice on ways to reduce energy costs as part of the Big energy Saving Network funded by a grant from the Departent for Energy and Climate Change, administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Through as series of community events, the Moor Sustainable team met with 96 consumers to explain how they could reduce the cost of their energy bills through energy efficiency measures and by looking at their energy tariff and suppliers. They also delivered 6 sessions to 41 frontline workers. The sessions were run in Hambleton, Redcar & Cleveland and Scarborough Borough Council areas
- Green Open Farms 8th November 2014 – Following the success of the Green Open Homes event in April 2014, we were able to attract extra funding to give local rural businesses a chance to find out how to how to make their farm buildings, rural home or business more energy efficient and to save money. A web page was created to promote the event with details of the farms that were open to visitors including their locations and the kinds of improvements that have been made.
- Community Solar – Moor Sustainable undertook a feasibility study to see if there was viability for a community share funded solar smallholding project in the Mulgrave area, near Whitby. The study was funded through the Rural Community Energy Fund. Unfortunately, the project had to be shelved when the Government announced the slashing of subsidies by up to 90% and the withdrawal of tax relief. The project was no longer viable. This was a big shame for the local area and was a waste of the time and money that had gone into the project development up to that stage. The project idea was to site 200 kW of solar panels in a field to the rear of Oakridge Primary School, which would be fed into the school to provide free or cheap electricity to them and the remainder exported to generate income to pay for the project. The project was to have been funded by community shares. Income, largely from the Government Feed-in-Tariff, would have paid back shareholders over a 10 year period and generated a community fund which could have benefitted local projects.
- Green Open Homes 16th May 2015 – Moor Sustainable once again secured funding from the Green Open Homes Network to showcase renewable and energy-saving technologies installed in ordinary homes.Technologies on show on the day included ground source heat, PV panels, solar thermal, a wind turbine, three different kinds of insulation and draught proofing measures. What made this year different to last was the showcasing of ordinary domestic properties. We were pleased to be able to show a range of ages of property, including 1940s and 1980s homes, retrofitted with renewables and energy saving measures, and an energy efficient new build. 33 visits were made to the Open Homes during the day. We found that most visitors were already actively engaged in making their homes energy efficient or just on the cusp of installing renewables. All visitors reported that this was a really useful opportunity to see technologies in use in ordinary houses and to chat to householders who had been through the process of installation. The Green Open Homes Network is funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and delivered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
- Coppicing Course – Moor Sustainable provided the opportunity for 8 people to learn how to coppice trees by facilitating a coppicing course in Danby. The course was for people interested in developing their coppicing skills both for their own use and within the community. The two-day course was delivered by Heritage Crafts Alliance and subsidised by Defra in December 2013/January 2014.
- Training from OPAL – 11 professionals from 4 local organisations were trained by Dr Alison Dyke of York University and OPAL, in October 1014. The session explored OPAL‘s suite of citizen science surveys and considered the best ways to use them with community groups, families and schools. Participating organisations: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Redcar Adult Learning Service, Sustrans/Get Moving Redcar and Cleveland and Moor Sustainable.
- Ceilidh – Moor Sustainable organised a ceilidh in November 2013 to raise funds for the Save School Farm campaign. The ceilidh raised over £600 for the campaign and also helped bring the local community together.
- Disco and games night – Moor Sustainable organised a music night with games and pies to help the local community come together in the Save School Farm Campaign. The event raised £1,110.