Bunhill Energy Centre to turn waste energy from London Underground tubes to heat homes

A pioneering project to capture waste from London Underground tunnels to help warm local homes and cut energy bills is under development in central London. Islington Council are building a new energy centre in Bunhill as part of Islington Council’s innovative Bunhill Heat and Power Heat Network, which already supplies more than 700 local homes with cheaper, greener heating. Bunhill Energy Centre, which Islington Council opened in … Continue reading Bunhill Energy Centre to turn waste energy from London Underground tubes to heat homes

The Big Lemon: Hop on for a ride on the UK’s first zero emissions, solar powered bus

Brighton-based The Big Lemon has created the UK’s first ever zero emissions, solar powered bus, and is one step further along in its mission to “bring zero-emissions electric buses to communities across the UK, all run by the local community and powered by renewable energy”. The bus, named Om Shanti, used to be a regular diesel bus, and has been converted to a 133 kWh electric … Continue reading The Big Lemon: Hop on for a ride on the UK’s first zero emissions, solar powered bus

Lebanon residents take recycling into their own hands to tackle the country’s waste crisis

Recycle Beirut is one of a number of citizen-operated initiatives in Lebanon who are tackling the country’s garbage crisis and finding solutions to stop polluting the Mediterranean Sea, of which the Levantine-country is a major contributor. Kassem Kazak, along with an American friend, was inspired to set up the recycling business as a solution to not just the garbage crisis in the country, but the … Continue reading Lebanon residents take recycling into their own hands to tackle the country’s waste crisis

The Edinburgh Remakery inspiring a repairing culture through its reuse and repair shop

The Edinburgh Remakery is a one-stop shop where customers can buy and donate goods such as refurbished computers and second-hand furniture, as well as learn how to fix electronics and textiles. Located in Leith, The Edinburgh Remakery is one of five RE-use and Repair Hubs in Scotland, which encourages people to be more conscious of their belongings, offering them workshops, free events and training on … Continue reading The Edinburgh Remakery inspiring a repairing culture through its reuse and repair shop

MA’O Organic Farms: Fertile ground for organic produce and young leaders of Hawaii

Hawaiian social enterprise MA’O Organic Farms is fertile ground for organic food produce and young leaders working for a sustainable Hawaii. MA’O Organic Farms – a 23-acre certified organic farm located in Lualualei valley in Waiʻanae, Oahu’s west side – operates a young leadership program that hires young people from Waianae, pays for school and gives workers a stipend. Created by husband and wife team, Gary … Continue reading MA’O Organic Farms: Fertile ground for organic produce and young leaders of Hawaii

Community-owned Saltdean Lido reopens to its former glory as a heated outdoor swimming pool

Saltdean Lido, a Grade 2* listed Art Deco community-owned outdoor swimming pool, will reopen in Brighton this Saturday seven years after it faced the threat of demolition and redevelopment. Saltdean Lido will re-open to the public on 17 June. The £3 million restoration project will feature heated water, for the first time since the original pool closed in 1940. The pool has also been returned back … Continue reading Community-owned Saltdean Lido reopens to its former glory as a heated outdoor swimming pool

Pop Brixton: Two years on, independent businesses and community vibe continues to thrive

Pop Brixton, the pop-up project housed in shipping containers in the vibrant area of South London aimed at supporting local businesses, jobs, training and enterprise, celebrates its second birthday this weekend. To celebrate, Pop Brixton will host a three-day celebration from 2-4 June. Pop Brixton is a community initiative that has transformed a disused plot of land into a pioneering space that showcases independent businesses … Continue reading Pop Brixton: Two years on, independent businesses and community vibe continues to thrive

Good Hotel: Social enterprise project aboard a floating hotel

Good Hotel – a floating, premium hotel which utilises upcycled materials and furnishings, renewable energy sources and locally sourced materials – is providing opportunities to local people in London’s Newham and tackling unemployment. The premium hotel, which is currently docked in east London’s Royal Victoria Docks, will be a permanent fixture for the next five years. The social business model provides a unique training program to … Continue reading Good Hotel: Social enterprise project aboard a floating hotel

Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste

Social enterprise Library of Things is providing locals of south London’s West Norwood the opportunity to borrow items and equipment – including DIY and garden tools – rather than owning things they are likely to only use once or twice. Among the items on loan at the Library of Things are power tools, kitchenware,  camping gear, carpet cleaners, a dehumidifier, wallpaper stripper and an acoustic guitar. Library … Continue reading Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste

Windy City Harvest Youth Farm: Learning life skills in urban farming and sustainable agriculture

Urban farming programs like Chicago’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm are skilling up teenagers in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture so they can grow food responsibly, work as a team, advocate for food justice, eat in a healthy way, and support the development of a socially just food economy in their area. Each year Windy City Harvest trains and employs between 80 and 90 young adults … Continue reading Windy City Harvest Youth Farm: Learning life skills in urban farming and sustainable agriculture