Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset is working in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to help people adapt to the local effects of climate change and live more sustainably.
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CLS in Dorset December 2015
We are resending this ENews since some people have not received it. So, apologies if you have received this twice!
Big Ideas Challenge- submit your entry by 18 December
As COP21 opens in Paris, young people in Dorset are thrashing out practical climate solutions- walking power to charge a mobile, a sustainable theatre production...
Do you have a great idea? BIG Ideas provides expert resources, mentoring and £250 to test it out. Join in!
View this short video
Square Meal Report Published
CLS is thrilled to have attracted more than 100 delegates to the Square Meal Debate at Kingston Maurward. View the film, read the report and find your place in the partnership of farmers, food businesses, activists and policy makers setting out their inspiring ideas to make a food revolution here in our county. More
Community Building Energy and Sustainability Workshop
FREE 29th January 2016 10am- 4pm
Hilfield Friary 
Learn how to monitor, understand and reduce energy use as well as save money on running costs. You'll get to see the Friary's wood chip boiler and solar panels. Lunch and refreshments provided. Book here 
FREE Draughtproofing Workshop- Book now!
Sat 23rd January 2016 10am– 1pm
Overmoigne Village Hall

Draughty windows and doors waste heat and money and make you feel cold but they’re easy and cheap to fix. You’ll learn from a professional and get practice. Book here
Open Ecohomes- visitor feedback wanted
Did you visit our Open Eco Homes in 2013, 2014 or 2015 – we want to hear from you.  Please fill in our short survey – you could win a copy of Haynes Eco-Homes manual.
If you missed out on Open Eco Homes check out our film.
New Green Flag Assessors now trained
The South West now has 9 new Eco-Schools Green Flag assessors, thanks to the keen volunteers that attended the training course in Dorchester. They're now raring to go into schools to find out how children have been involved in making their schools greener. Find out more.
Help Transition Town Dorchester (TTD) plant trees
TTD has started planting a forest garden, with trees donated by the Woodland Trust and others bought through CLS. We have planted 200 trees and with 500 still to plant, any offers of help gratefully welcomed!
Case Study Spotlight
Jurassic Electric

Martin Gershon from Jurassic Electric attended WSX Enterprise’s “Boost
Your Online Presence” workshop for CLS’s Renewable Energy strand in
February 2015 in Dorchester. The workshop was staged to help
renewable energy businesses increase their online presence.....
December Top Tips
1.  FOOD SWAP QUANTITY FOR QUALITY – Christmas is coming, so this year treat yourself to QUALITY not quantity. Choose good quality food grown or raised locally, good for you, good for the environment and good for the local economy. For seven things you can do about food, click here
2. Opt for SMART travel – if you are travelling to see friends or family, book train tickets early to get cheaper tickets, and take up eco-driving to save fuel. How to eco-drive.
3. GO WASTE FREE – Can you survive the holiday period with no waste food, no waste paper, and no unwanted presents? Probably if you plan ahead. Check out these tips to avoid food waste.
New Year's Resolution
Would you like to go a bit greener, save money, and meet some new people next year – then how about Transition Streets? It’s a FREE resource that supports a group of friends or neighbours to save money on energy, water, food and transport, while reducing their carbon footprint....
New STIR to Action website

Check out the updated website and an illustated timeline of the story of STIR to Action so far.
Regular dates for your diary

Also view the Sustainable Dorset calendar of events

Prime Coppice 
Working Woodlanders Volunteer Groups. Check website for dates and times.

Transition Town Bridport Green Drinks
Third Thursday of month, 8pm
The Tiger, Barrack Street, Bridport

Transition Town Dorchester Green Drinks
First Thursday of month at 8pm,
Vivo Lounge, Brewery Square, Dorchester

Workdays at Railway Orchard
Usually on the first Saturday of the month 11am-3pm

Workdays at the Dorchester Community Farm 
Usually every second Saturday as well as the third and fourth Sunday in the month, 10am-3pm
Stepping into Nature
Stepping into Nature is a project being developed to enable people living with dementia and their carers to connect with the landscape in a sociable and creative way. 
The Dorset AONB team would like to hear about how you access the natural & cultural landscape by completing a survey.
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