USEFUL GREEN LINKS & RESOURCES

 

This page is dedicated to links to other websites that may be useful to Green Party Members and supporters or anyone that cares about the world we live in. Let us KNow if you are aware of other links that we should include. 

Local Green Links

 

Oxfordshire Green Party The Official Website of the Oxfordshire Branch of the Green Party of England and Wales. With news about events, policies and campaigns around Oxfordshire.

 

West Oxfordshire Greens Official Website of West Oxon Green Party

Young Greens  Young Greens Offical Website

 

Green Events in Oxfordshire local green events

 

Need not Greed Oxon - Consortium - Planning for real Need not spectacular Greed. 

An alternative vision for the future of Oxfordshire – one that is not based on forced economic growth, but which focuses on meeting local people’s real needs.  Need not Greed Oxon is a campaign dedicated to protecting Oxfordshire’s rural environment, whilst recognising the development and infrastructure needs of our residents.

 

 Oxford Friends of the Earth

 

Bioregional Oxfordshire Bioregional Oxfordshire works with local partners to create a better, more sustainable way to live in Oxfordshire

 

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Oxfordshire Branch  Website Facebook Twitter @CPREOxfordshire Emailcampaign@cpreoxon.org.uk

 

Campaign to Protect Old Woodstock (C-POW) Website Facebook Twitter name: @CampaignPOW Email: contact@c-pow.org.uk

 

Oxfordshire Greentech is the business network supporting the growth of the low-carbon sector in Oxfordshire. We will bring together businesses and organisations to  encourage  innovation,  collaboration and knowledge transfer, to facilitate the transition towards a sustainable, low carbon future in Oxfordshire and the world. It aims to:

  • Create jobs and economic growth by promoting Oxfordshire as a centre for low-carbon solutions.
  • Support local organisations to develop services and products that enable low-carbon, resilient lifestyles.
  • Facilitate cross-sector collaborations through a forum for innovation and partnership-working.
  • Provide a platform for our members to showcase how they are creating a low-carbon, sustainable world.

Community Action Groups Oxfordshire  - Oxfordshire's umbrella organisation for the Community Action Groups

 

Energy Savings Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transport and sustainable energy use to address the climate emergency.

 

Eynsham Planning Improvement Campaign  Email: epic2031@gmail.com

 

Good Food Oxford - The aim of Good Food Oxford is to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will promote a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system in and around Oxford. Good Food Oxford supports initiatives that increase the beneficial outcomes from our food system – as set out in the Oxford Good Food Charter.

 

Green Alliance  –   (Green Alliance is a charity and independent think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment).

 

Green Jobs   The Job board for Green Experts in Oxfordshire.

 

GreenTEA (Green Transition Eynsham Area) Website GreenTEA is about helping people to make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle, one which is less dependent on burning fossil fuels. The emphasis is on grassroots action and building a more resilient community, enabling us to live within the planet’s resources.

 

Hands off Hanborough Website Facebook Twitter name: @handsoffhanboro Email: getintouch@handsoffhanborough.co.uk

 

Low Carbon Hub  Find you local low carbon group around Oxfordshire.

 

Oxford Friends of the Earth   is a group of people working together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment. We encourage people across Oxfordshire to be active in driving meaningful, positive change that makes a lasting difference to our environment. We are one of 150 local groups in England and Wales that are part of the national Friends of the Earth organisation (which is one of 75 national groups across the world). We are a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years and we welcome new members.

 

Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development    The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), founded in 2004, is one of the UK's largest research institutes dedicated to sustainable development research in the built and natural environments. OISD, which consists of eight distinct research groups, addresses the multiple dimensions of sustainable development and the synergies and processes that link them, through a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach. OISD is contributing to major Research Council programmes such as Living with Environmental Change, Energy research, Sustainable Urban Environments and Lifelong Health and Wellbeing, through various research grants.

 

Oxfordshire Data Observatory is a superb resource of statistics for Oxfordshire

 

Oxfordshire's Low Carbon Hub is at http://www.lowcarbonhub.org/

 

Responsible Planning in Burford  Email: rpiburford@gmail.com 

 

Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally (ROAR) Website  Facebook Email: info@roartoday.co.uk

 

Rural Services Network / RSN is the national champion for rural services, ensuring that people in rural areas have a strong voice. We are fighting for a fair deal for rural communities to maintain their social and economic viability for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

 

South Oxfordshire Sustainability   - A network of sustainability and nature groups in South Oxfordshire, working closely with other organisations such as the CAG network, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (Oxfordshire), Need Not Greed for Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Friends of the Earth…and many more.

 

Sustainable Charlbury   is a charity which aims to stimulate our community to step up to address the big challenges the planet faces by starting local.  By coming together, we are able to crowd-source solutions. Being human is a team effort and by working together we can increase our chances of making a difference.  In practice, we are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, re-skilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. 

 

Sustainable Stonesfield Email: david_lines@btinternet.com

 

Sustainable Wantage   is a Community Action Group, part of a network of over 80 similar CAGs across Oxfordshire, focused on activities that protect and enhance our natural environment and strengthen our local community. We are run by volunteers interested in actions that have a positive impact and increase our resourcefulness and resilience as a community.

 

Sustainable Woodstock aims to raise public awareness among the residents of Woodstock and beyond on the climate emergency, energy conservation, sustainable travel, waste reduction, recycling, bio-diversity, sustainable economics and respect for the planet.  They are working with local councils, Woodstock Town Council, local schools and churches, Blenheim Palace, local businesses, the Farmers Market and the Woodstock trade association, Wake Up to Woodstock

 

Sustrans  is the sustainable transport charity that champions cycling and with the local authorities develope over 2000 miles of cycle networks as the second largest millennium project in 2000.

 

Transition Eynsham GreenTEA is about helping people to make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle, one which is less dependent on burning fossil fuels. The emphasis is on grassroots action and building a more resilient community, enabling us to live within the planet’s resources. We can offer advice and support on lowering your carbon footprint by looking at the key areas of Energy, Transport, Waste, Food and Nature Recovery. We work with residents across the Eynsham, Aston, Cassington, Farmoor, Freeland, Long Hanborough, Standlake, and Stanton Harcourt areas.

 

Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment   TOE is helping local people restore nature, tackle the climate emergency and connect with Oxfordshire’s wild side. Oxfordshire’s independent environmental funder. This Local Environment Fund raises money and allocates grants for local projects that benefit wildlife, people and the planet. 

 

Woodstock Action Group Email: redpath998@aol.com

 

Central Government

 

Environment and greener living Directgov  This is the government's resource base for environmental and climate change issues 

 

Rural Communities Commission The government's Rural Communities Commission is not specifically an environmental champion but is a useful source of information and can be accessed here. - CLOSED by HMGov.

 

Local Government Links

 

Oxfordshire LEP Clean Growth sub-group    is concerned with developing the clean growth sector, economic growth using clean technology and promoting sustainable development. It has been formed to help delivery of the Oxfordshire Energy Strategy and the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy. It replaces the former Environment and Sustainability sub-group.

 

Oxfordshire County Council The County Council’s main website

  

Oxfordshire County Council Flood toolkit.

 

West Oxfordshire District Council - home page

 

Chipping Norton Town Council

 

Charlbury Town Council

 

Witney Town Council

 

Woodstock Town Council

 

 

Other Green Links

 

Association for Environmentally Conscious BuildingAECB – the sustainable building association (Association for Environment Conscious Building) UK association that seeks to encourage greater environmental awareness within the UK construction industry.

 

African Wildlife FoundationAfrican Wildlife Foundation works together with the people of Africa to ensure wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.

 

 

Age of Stupid  is the home page for the latest environmental film warning of climate change from March 2019 but well worth watching.

 

 

Ape Alliance  Find out about the Great Apes – our relatives – and how you can help to save them from extinction.

 

BioRegional champions a better way to live. We work with partners to create better, more sustainable places to live, work and do business.  It is the organization behind the One Planet Living project. One Planet Living is a vision of a world where people enjoy happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.

 

Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation is an Indonesian non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Bornean orangutan and its habitat, in cooperation with local communities, the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and international partner organizations.

 

Building Green BuildingGreen.com US site for practitioners of sustainable design and a knowledge source for sustainable architecture and design. With more than 100 concise guides to choosing green products. Although US based the advice and guidance could of value to anyone anywhere that is interested in sustainable architecture and design. Such as Sustainable Materials, Design Strategies, Building Science, Design Process, Codes & Certifications.

 

Carbon Footprint CalculatorCalculate your carbon footprint useful and easy to use calculator to show you where your biggest carbon foot prints are and some rather dated, but useful advice about how to reduce your carbon impact.

 

Campaign For Real Events "A voluntary group providing demonstrations of DIY renewable energy and recycling, and 'alt tech' for art projects and education." Campaign for Real Events is a voluntary organisation promoting understanding of energy use and recycling. One of the main things we do is make and operate child sized pedal generators at Green events, community festivals and in schools.

 

Centre for Alternative Technology Visitor centre, information service & courses. CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre nestled in the foothills of the South Snowdonia National Park and within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere. We speak to government and campaigners about policies that would help create a zero carbon Britain; we train students in all aspects of sustainability; we help schoolchildren to understand the importance of action on climate change; and we give advice to householders on what they can do in their own homes.

 

Centre for Sustainable Energy - Bristol Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) – advisory service on energy efficiency & renewable energy based at the CREATE Centre in Bristol. The CSE's trained and independent energy advisors offer free advice on domestic energy use to householders in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset (including the unitary authorities of North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset). The Centre for Sustainable Energy is a Bristol-based national charity, founded in 1979, that helps people change the way they think and act on energy.

 

CIRIA, The Construction Industry Environmental Forum. CIRIA is the Construction Industry Research and Information Association, a neutral, independent and not-for-profit body.  Our vision is to be a leading enabler and preferred partner for performance improvement, driving collaboration across built environment and construction sectors for the identification, development and transfer of knowledge.

 

Climate Coalition – coalition of environment & development organisations campaigning against climate change. “We are the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Along with our sister organisations Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, we are a group of over 140 organisations — including the National Trust, Women's Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB —  and 22 million voices strong. We are reaching across the UK to show our love for all the things we want to protect from climate change, and to ask politicians to put aside their differences and commit to doing whatever is necessary to protect them.”

 

Climate Counts Company Sustainable green living product reviews.

 

 

Community Repaint "Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK." Our nearest scheme is in Richmond.

 

Friends of the Earth can be accessed at http://www.foe.co.uk/

 

DirectGov Environment and Greener Living "Find out how to recycle a wide range of goods - from batteries to clothes - and discover how recycling can help protect the environment."

 

DoRecycling.com "Information about recycling, green living, tools that can help you to recycle more efficiently, including reviews of various can crushers, also some tips on how you can build your own aluminium can crusher..." US-based website, so some recommended products not easily available here, though the principles of recycling and can-crushing are the same everywhere.

 

Earth Notes: Saving The Planet @Home Damon Hart-Davis's tips on how to "do your bit at home to improve your quality of life, save money, cut down on waste and carbon pollution and save the planet."

 

EcoFirms "EcoFirms.org is a green grassroots project that originated in 2005. It is entirely run and operated by like-minded volunteers. Our mission is to connect all eco friendly companies and organizations in the world and inform our visitors of their products and services. Our website is specifically designed to serve as a marketing and promotional tool for our member companies."

 

EcoFirms.org "EcoFirms.org is a green grassroots project that originated in 2005. It is entirely run and operated by like-minded volunteers. Our mission is to connect all eco friendly companies and organizations in the world and inform our visitors of their products and services. Our website is specifically designed to serve as a marketing and promotional tool for our member companies."

 

Ecosia A search engine as good as Google, which invests 40% of their profits on planting trees. The search engine is reportedly as good as google

 

Energy Saving Trust "Independent and impartial advice about how to save energy and money."

 

Energy Saving Trust – key source of free information, publications, training, advice and consultancy on the efficient use of energy in building.

 

Ethical Consumer A consumer magazine that gives a balanced assessment of a company's performance in terms of various ethical criteria: environment, animals, people, politics and product sustainability. Companies are ranked, for free, in each section, based on your ethical priorities; further details available to members.

 

Ethical Consumer A consumer magazine that gives a balanced assessment of a company's performance in terms of various ethical criteria: environment, animals, people, politics and product sustainability. Best companies are listed free in each section; further details available to members.

 

Ethical Consumer– leading alternative consumer organisation. Researches the social and environmental records of companies.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
 – promotes responsible management of the world’s forests

 

Expertise - Green Resources "At Expertise, we believe a healthy home goes hand-in-hand with a healthy planet. So check out our energy efficiency resources to help you tackle projects at home and support the environment." Based in the US, so some of the resources don't work for uk, but the principles are sound and much of the advice is useful.

Fairtrade Fairtrade products are sometimes more environmentally sustainable than more local ones, even though they come from far away! Many stores now stock Fairtrade products, just look for the symbol.

 

Fishonline The Marine Conservation Society buyer's guide to sustainable seafood.

 

Friends of the Earth – environmental NGO campaigning against climate change

 

Future Learn  offer sonline maths, science and engineering courses created by experts from leading universities and organisations. Six week free trial  'Climate Change: Solutions' On this course, learners will explore solutions to this global challenge, including mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering, which can help avoid the most dangerous climate changes.

Greenpeace – environmental NGO campaigning  against climate change

 

Genesis Centre – UK sustainable construction resource centre

 

Green Building Council – UK organisation campaigning for a sustainable built environment

 

Green Building Press – UK publishers of Green E-Zine

 

Green Guide for Kids An online environmental resource for kids to find ideas, information, and inspiration to go green.

 

Green Providers Directory  - “The UK's leading directory of green, fair trade & ethical companies”

 

Green Register – Training and events for construction professionals

 

Green Talk is all about the conversation on how to live a greener lifestyle.

 

Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics "While some of the top electronics manufacturers are failing to keep their environmental commitments, others are innovating and making significant gains in phasing out toxic chemicals, increasing energy efficiency, and making it easier for consumers to recycle old products." Find out which in this guide.

 

Guardian Sustainable Business "...for corporate leaders at the cutting-edge of positive change. We curate the world's most authoritative voices on corporate sustainability to bring you thought-provoking comment, debate and expert insight."

 

Guide to Sustainable Tourism Published by Blue and Green Tomorrow, a 2012 guide to travelling with minimum damage to the environment.

 

Inno-THERM – social enterprise supplying recycled cotton/ denim insulation

 

Isonomia A blog on everything to do with waste, including: anaerobic digestion; behaviour change; climate change; collection frequency; Food waste; incineration; litter; recycling; prevention...

 

Love Food Hate Waste "The Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste. The campaign shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too. "Love Food, Hate Waste" is brought to you by WRAP, who are also responsible for encouraging recycling and home composting. WRAP is funded by the government and works to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment."

 

Low Carbon Trust – not-for-profit organisation highlighting the connection between buildings and carbon emissions

 

Low energy buildings database – a repository of UK low-energy building information created to help inform the planning and development of low energy new build and refurbishment projects

 

Low-Impact Living Initiative (LILI) "A non-profit organisation whose mission is to help people reduce their impact on the environment, improve their quality of life, gain new skills, live in a healthier and more satisfying way, have fun and save money."

 

Magic Drawer Workshop Green production blog.

 

Make your small business greener Though the publisher/printer is USA-based and all the examples are too, this infographic offers some good advice for small businesses wherever they are.

 

My Green Directory National rather than local, "My Green Directory started life as allthingseco.co.uk in 2006 as an eco directory supporting and promoting businesses, organisations and individuals with products, services & information that genuinely follow environmentally friendly, sustainable, fair-trade, organic, natural, ethical and socially responsible principles."

 

National Energy Foundation, development of energy policy, establishing infrastructure for the UK’s sustainable energy sector and by providing consultancy services.

 

OnRecycle OnRecycle compares all the major mobile phone recycling companies to make it easy for you to sell your mobile phone.

Open Spaces Society   Defending the open spaces people love in England and Wales since 1865. Britain’s oldest conservation charity.

 

PAN UK works to eliminate toxic pesticides, our exposure to them, and their presence in the environment where we live and work.

 

Passivhaus Trust– The UK Passive House Trust: an independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard. The Trust aims to promote Passivhaus as a highly effective way of providing high standards of occupant comfort and health as well as reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK.

 

Rainforest Foundation   RFUK, tackles deforestation locally and globally. Locally, helps forest communities to gain land rights, challenge logging companies, manage their forests and protect their environment. Globally, it campaigns to influence national and international laws to protect rainforests and their inhabitants.   The RFUK believes that the best way to protect the rainforest is through empowering indigenous peoples to defend their ancestral lands.

 

Retrofit comparison tool Transition Cambridge has a useful online heating/insulation upgrade comparison tool on their website. You enter house type/shape and current walls/doors/windows/floor insulation level/construction type, along with possible upgrades to those elements, and it shows a useful overview of overall and relative effect.

 

Shopping Green provides links to many fair trade, organic and eco friendly websites.

 

Sust, The Lighthouse on Sustainability, Scottish based sustainable design portal including database of eco materials, products and services.

 

Sustain The alliance for better food and farming "advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture."

 

Sustainability First an environment think-tank, rooted in experience, with a clear commitment to promoting long-term sustainability through practical thought-leadership. 

 

Sustainable Homes promotes awareness of sustainable development issues and good practice, and encourages housing associations to adopt sustainable policies and practices.

 

WRAP  is a catalyst for positive economic and environmental action. It works in the space between governments, businesses, communities, thinkers and individuals – forging powerful partnerships and delivering ground-breaking initiatives to support more sustainable economies and society. We are world leaders in establishing the facts, getting the right people working together, then converting ideas into action and delivery on the ground.

It aims to drive change in areas where it can make the biggest difference. Priority sectors are:

  • Food and drink
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Plastics

 

Zero Carbon Yorkshire Buildings working group – group working to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment within Yorkshire

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