Tuesday 25 May from 6pm, The Lounge Bar & Grill, Merrion Street LS2 8JE

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This month, we look at how the Region proposes to adapt to Climate Change, with a talk from Jon Clubb of Local Government Yorkshire & Humber and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Jon will set out some of the key risks and impacts for Yorkshire & Humber, together with recent and current examples of work to become more resilient and plans for the year ahead to broaden the scope of adaptation work that Your Climate, the Climate Change Partnership for Yorkshire & Humber, undertakes. It is a key year ahead with the publication of the National Adaptation Plan, activity under the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready programme and greater collaboration across the regions to share learning and expertise.

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Tuesday 28 May from 6pm, The Lounge Bar & Grill, Merrion Street LS2 8JE

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For our May event, we welcome John Cossham, the founder of York Rotters, a successful Master Composter scheme, will educate and entertain with his idiosyncratic account of how composting has a role to play in saving the planet. Well known for his OCD (Obsessive Composting Disorder), he’ll briefly go through the basics of what composting is, how best to do it, what can and can’t be composted, and how to use the compost once you’ve got some.

John’s been on telly with his home-made compost toilet, so if you suffer from faecophobia, the next section of the talk may not be for you.  Finally, John will explain how York Rotters operates, and share the secret about his anarchic ‘resources collection’. John will then answer questions on any composting-related subjects.

John is also joint organiser of Green Drinks York, and also appeared at our Winter Special in early 2012, teaching balloon modelling.

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Tuesday 23 March from 6pm, The Lounge Bar & Grill, Merrion Street LS2 8JE

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On 26 March, we welcome Dr Chiara Tornaghi, who will be talking about the Urban Food Justice programme. Urban Food Justice is an action research programme investigating and promoting socially and environmentally just food growing across the Leeds City Region. The project has reached the half way point, and Chiara will present the main outcomes so far and some possible directions for the future. Green Drinks Leeds participants will have the opportunity to evaluate these achievements and suggest directions for the remainder of the project and beyond.

Dr Chiara Tornaghi is a Researcher in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, and runs the Urban Food Justice programme as well as contributing to the Feed Leeds initiative. She is a Sociologist with interests in Urban Space, Planning and has been involved in public food growing projects in Leeds for a number of years.

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Tuesday 26 March from 6pm, The Lounge Bar & Grill, Merrion Street LS2 8JE

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On 26 March, Green Drinks Leeds regular Andy Walker will be talking about ‘Super-Insulation’ in your own home at reasonable cost

There’ll be a a couple of short videos and answers to these questions:
• What can we each do to our own homes to make them more comfortable and reduce the bills?
• What is being done in Leeds to improve the energy performance of the ‘Hard to Treat’ homes?
• Is there any point to the ‘Green Deal’?
This talk will have practical suggestions for DIY home improvement and for what can be done regionally and nationally.

Andy Walker runs SURE Solid Wall Insulation, one of the pioneers of insulating ‘hard to treat’ homes, and has been involved in education on insulating homes from Transition groups to the Leeds College of Building, has co-written an insulation manual with Leeds Action to Create Homes and was Technical Editor of the Haynes Home Insulation Manual.

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Tuesday 26 February from 6pm, The Lounge Bar & Grill, Merrion Street LS2 8JE

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We’ve got something a litle different for you this month at Green Drinks Leeds. We’re trialling a new format, in the form of an Open Discussion, in which there’s no speaker, but we discuss a topical issue regarding the environment.
With the state of the economy an issue which is never out of the news, a lot of debate in environmental circles has been on whether the economy and environment will always be at odds with each other, or whether economic and environmental goals can be aligned. What do you think?

We’ll start the discussion at around 7pm, with open networking before, and the go-around after.

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Tuesday 22 January from 6pm, The Lounge Bar & Grill, Merrion Street LS2 8JE

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On 22 January, we’ll be back at The Lounge, when Andy Graham and Delton Jackson from Leeds City Council will be talking about the Aire Valley Urban Eco Settlement.

Andy and Delton will present the work undertaken by Leeds City Council’s Urban Design Team on part of the Aire Valley Urban Eco Settlement.  The talk explores work to understand the assets, heritage, sense of place and opportunities for the area and how this can help regenerate edge of city communities through active and attractive links and through championing quality of place, all aspects that are core to holistic sustainable development.

Andy is an Urban Designer/Planner/Conservation Officer in Leeds City Council with over 11 years work experience both in the UK and abroad. Andy now works on championing the highest quality of Urban Design and Sustainability in its widest sense.  From discussing paving options for City Centre Leeds, to saving old buildings, to commenting on planning Applications with what he believes to be holistic sustainability always forefront in his mind.  He is also a frequent expert witness at Planning Inquiries and sits on the NHS Board that aims to focus on how Planning can combat childhood obesity amongst other health issues’

Delton is an urban designer dedicated to creating places people like, which work well, and where people can live well indefinitely, by combining the best of the past with the best of the present to create the most compelling visions for a sustainable future. Working mainly in the public sector to improve the quality of development at all scales, Delton also has many years experience supporting national and international design organisations and agencies. The interests and well-being of community and the environment provide the focus and motivation for his work.

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Monday 7 January from 6pm, Distrikt, Duncan Street, Leeds LS1 6DQ

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You may have noticed that the 4th Tuesday of December is the 25th. Since it seems unlikely anyone would turn up to Green Drinks Leeds on Christmas Day, we’ve moved our December event to early January.

So come join us on Monday 7 January to warm up and get together… our “Green Dating” event aims to help community & environmental groups in Leeds find like-minded groups for collaboration, friendship or maybe even more…
The evening will be about showcasing your group so you can network and get to know about what other groups are doing across Leeds and how we can all work together on events, promotion and work to get grants. Every group will be given a short space of time to highlight what they do, where they do it and what their aims are.

You will also be able to add your group to geographical and conceptual maps as part of the Leeds Mapping Project
PS there won’t actually be dating at the event but you never know who you will meet!

Our special Winter Warmer event will be at Distrikt on Duncan Street, between Briggate and the Corn Exchange. Distrikt opened in 2009 and specialises in locally sourced and foraged food.

As usual, we’ll be open from 6pm, with the group networking happening throughout the evening.

On 22 January, we’ll be back at The Lounge, when Andy Graham and Delton Jackson from Leeds City Council will be talking about the Aire Valley Urban Eco Settlement.

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Tuesday 27 November from 6pm, The Lounge, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8JE

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For November’s Green Drinks, we continue to explore the most topical climate issue here in Leeds, namely that winter’s on its way… with this in mind, we welcome George Munson who will be telling us about the Green Deal, a major initiative from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

George is the Energy and Climate Change Manager at Leeds City Council.  With his team of six people, he is responsible for developing and delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes for domestic properties across the city, affordable warmth initiatives and the city’s Climate Change Strategy.  Ultimately, they aim to reduce CO2 emissions from all sectors by 40% by 2020 (around 3% pa) and support the Government’s target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. No small task!

Prior to joining Leeds, George worked in regional climate change policy and delivery for Yorkshire Forward and the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber, managed energy projects for a London borough and managed one of the Energy Saving Trust Energy Advice Centres.

George will outline the Government’s new Green Deal programme, focussing on short and long term plans for Leeds.  This will cover the recently announced £1.3m Green Deal Demonstrator and how you can access/promote the funds.

There will be the usual opportunities to network over a drink. We hope to see you there

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Tuesday 23 October from 6pm, The Lounge, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8JE

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We have a topical double bill for you at October’s Green Drinks Leeds on the subject of Fuel Poverty. As fossil fuels become scarcer and we recognise our need to move away from them, and as the climate changes (with potential for the UK to get much colder according to some climate models), Fuel Poverty is set to become an increasingly important issue.

We welcome Robert Curtis, from Leeds City Council, to open for us, talking about the Council’s strategies and actions in relation to Fuel Poverty. This will be followed by an introduction to Fuel Poverty from TIDAL.

Join two of TIDAL’s new fuel poverty campaign team, Kristina and Stefan, for an introduction to the key issues and challenges of securing a safe and affordable energy future for Leeds. There will also be opportunity for discussion and to find out more about Leeds Fuel Poverty Action Network.

There will also be the usual opportunities to network over a drink.
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Tuesday 25 September from 6pm, The Lounge, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8JE

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How we feed the people in our city, both sustainably and ethically, is the subject of September’s Green Drinks. While we may take the availability of our food for granted, it has serious environmental and social implications.

Fresh from the joint launch of these two, complementary social platforms to facilitate food growing in Leeds, we will be hearing from Tom Bliss of Feed Leeds, which is a network of individuals and organisations working in partnership to promote and support food growing in Leeds for its social, environmental and health benefits. We will also welcome back Dr Chiara Tornaghi from Urban Food Justice, a new social platform to connect Urban Agriculture of all kinds to build capacity in food growing, and connect food growing activities to policymakers.

Both projects are seeking participants to build their information bases and connect people in local communities, food growers and people with funding and policy influence, and if you’ve not been able to make the formal project launches on 20 September, then this is your chance to find out what they’re doing and get involved yourself!

As usual, we open from 6pm for open networking, followed by the main event at around 7.15, and more targeted networking afterwards. Feel free to drop in for a bit after work, or stay all evening.
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