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Guernsey Community Awards on 31 October 2017 at St James

October 12th, 2017 by Guernsey Community Foundation

The Community Awards will be held at St James Concert & Assembly Hall on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, will be the keynote speaker at the The Community Awards, which celebrates local charities, organisations, groups, individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to raise money and embark on community projects for the benefit of others, across the Bailiwick and further afield.

The Community Awards on 31 October 2017 at St James (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The award categories are:

Charity of the year – sponsored by State Street

Awarded to the charity that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries; promoted and raised its cause; been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence all round.

Organising Committee of the Year – sponsored by RG Falla

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Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor.

Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies.

Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and include the impact of human suffering.

Hermann Lotze-Campen, Professor at the Agricultural Economics Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and chair of Research Domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at PIK, said “science shows that limiting global warming is much cheaper than just doing nothing about it – the costs of inaction could be a multiple of the 2% of global economic output that mitigation might roughly cost.”

“However, these current estimates don’t take into account the costs of health impacts and additional deaths, of people leaving their homes, of potential mass-migration, and of sustained poverty.

These are complex issues we are trying to address scientifically, along with the economic costs and damages,” he said. Continue reading

Thrive 2020 – from Surviving to Thriving conference at Les Cotils

October 10th, 2017 by The Dandelion Foundation

(click on image to go to Thrive 2020 website)

The Dandelion Foundation proudly announces the third instalment of Thrive 2020 – From Surviving to Thriving – which takes place on Friday 13 October 2017 at Les Cotils, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Following on from previous ground-breaking Thrive 2020 events, the day is designed to impact upon every member of the community in some way.

Do you feel you are thriving, or merely surviving?

We live in an age where healthcare is advanced and our life expectancy is higher than it has ever been, at least in the western world.

However, living for longer with access to effective medical treatment does not in itself make for a joyful, meaningful life.

Regardless of our age or occupation, we all need to find a purpose and to combat the common problems, such as stress or loneliness, which threaten our ability to enjoy each day. Continue reading

Guernsey charities can apply for funding from the 2018 Saffery Rotary Walk

October 9th, 2017 by Saffery Champness

The Saffery Rotary Walk committee is inviting Guernsey charities to apply for a portion of 2018 funds.

Charities have until 5 pm on Friday 24 November 2017 to apply for funding.

Submissions from projects of all sizes will be considered and can be made by any locally-registered charity or not–for-profit organisation in need of financial support for a specific initiative.

Requests for funds to cover general running costs will not be considered.

This year’s 20th anniversary Saffery Rotary Walk, sponsored by Saffery Champness, supported a record 28 local community projects that received funding from the £85,430 raised.

Simon Milsted, chair of the walk’s organising committee, said “the walk is one of the leading charity events on the island and has provided funds for a wealth of charitable projects since its inception in 1998. Continue reading

UK renewable energy production record set in second quarter of 2017

September 29th, 2017 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK is highlighting UK Government statistics which show that a record proportion of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in the second quarter of 2017 – with wind producing more than any other clean energy source.

Figures from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covering April to June 2017 show that a record 29.8% was generated by renewable energy sources in Q2 2017, beating the previous quarterly record of 26.9% set in Q1 2017.

Forty-five percent of the UK’s clean electricity in Q2 was generated by wind energy alone (27% from onshore wind and 18% from offshore wind), due to increased capacity, particularly in onshore wind, and higher wind speeds, according to the UK Government’s latest “Energy Trends” report. Continue reading

Guernsey Electricity plans to install solar array on Central Stores roof

September 26th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Solar panels generating enough electricity to run about 50 electric cars could be installed at Guernsey Electricity’s power station in St Sampson.

Guernsey Electricity is preparing plans for a solar array of 330 photovoltaic panels to be installed on one of its main buildings.

The renewable energy scheme would benefit all electricity consumers by harnessing solar energy that would feed into the island’s electricity grid.

The solar array will help diversify Guernsey’s energy sources and will complement the importation of low-carbon electricity from Europe as part of the generation mix. Continue reading

Tour de Sez 2018 raising funds for Guilles-Alles Children’s Library

June 26th, 2017 by Sarah Groves Foundation

The Tour de Sez 2018, a 700 mile charity endurance bike ride from Guernsey to Amsterdam, had a successful launch on Saturday 3 June 2017.

Over 50 places were taken up by eager cyclists. Organisers reached their target of 85 cyclists signed-up 19 days after registration opened.

Additional registrations will be added to a waiting list.

The Tour de Sez, in memory of Sarah Groves who was brutally murdered in India in 2013, will raise money for the Sarah Groves Foundation which aims to fulfil Sarah’s own ambition in life – to enhance the lives of young people.

Vic Groves, Sarah Groves Foundation managing trustee and tour organiser, said “we are overwhelmed by the response we have received for the 2018 Tour de Sez and are so grateful that so many people want to take on this memorable challenge.”

“We recently announced our pledge to donate £50,000 to the Children’s Library Project at the Guille-Alles Library so the riders and support teams have a real focus for their fundraising activities.”

Michael Hutchinson (left) signs up to take part in Tour de Sez 2018 – a 700 mile cycle ride from Guernsey to Amsterdam – with cycle ride organiser Leon Howard (right)

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Guernsey Water creates sustainable drainage system at Vauvert Primary School

May 19th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water, in partnership with Education Services and Vauvert Primary School in St Peter Port, has installed a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) at the school, which has reduced the quantity and the speed of the flow of surface water into the foul water network.

The alley has been covered in a permeable resin-bound material, which is angled gently towards the planted swale to retain even more water (click image to expand)

An alley behind the Vauvert Primary School building has been modified and resurfaced with a permeable resin-bound material to help reduce the amount of water that enters drains, and may overwhelm them in a short time during periods of heavy rainfall.

Tarmac along the outer wall of the alley has been removed to create a planted swale consisting of graded stone, grit and top soil, which receives about 200 square metres of runoff water. Continue reading

Saffery Rotary walk on 3 June 2017

May 18th, 2017 by Saffery Champness

Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017 (click image to expand)

Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, and Lady Corder will take part in the Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017.

They will be given the specially allocated walker identification numbers 1 and 2 respectively to acknowledge their support of the charity fund raising walk.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Saffery Rotary Walk and the 40th anniversary of Saffery Champness in Guernsey.

Over 650 people participated in the 2016 walk with one in six coming from outside the island, making a significant contribution to the total raised of £57,526. Continue reading

Clear Guernsey watercourses of vegetation and silt by 15 June to reduce flooding risk

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Photo courtesy of Guernsey Water (click to enlarge)

Guernsey Water reminds islanders who have streams, douits, and other watercourses on their land to ensure that they are cleared of vegetation and silt by 15 June 2017.

This vital maintenance of waterways is undertaken annually to ensure the unrestricted flow of water into the island’s catchments and minimise the risk of flooding.

All streams are required by law to be cleared of vegetation and other obstructions by 15 June ahead of Parish inspections by the streams committees. Continue reading