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Sustainable communities

Get advice on becoming a sustainable school, discover how your business can benefit from energy saving advice and find us out and about at events in the community.

Events in the local community

Free Thermal Imaging Workshop and Thermal Imaging Camera Loan

Thermal imaging course house before   Thermal imaging course house seen through thermal imaging camera

We have two thermal imaging cameras available for loan to Guildford Borough residents to survey your own home.

Thermal imaging cameras have lots of practical uses including detecting:

  • missing insulation in your home

  • draughts

  • moisture defects

  • thermal bridges in buildings 

  • and electrical faults

Camera loan is dependent upon attending a free training workshop which guides you through use of the camera and interpretation of information when surveying your home.

Courses last approximately one hour with the opportunity for further questions. Our next thermal imaging workshop takes place on Thursday 12 October.

Thursday 12 October Workshop

Together with Ecopare Ltd, we will be running training sessions in Guildford town centre on how to use the thermal imaging camera to survey your home on Thursday 12 October at:

  • 5pm

  • 7pm

The course is free to attend and booking is essential. After completing the training you will be able to book and use Guildford Borough Council's thermal imaging camera to survey your own home.

To book, please visit the  Eventbrite booking page.

To find out more about the courses, please contact the Climate Change Team by emailing climatechange@guildford.gov.uk or calling 01483 444509.

Guildford Repair Café

Learn to repair your broken items at the Guildford Repair Café. Cafés occur monthly throughout the year at different locations in the Borough. For more information, visit the Repair Café page and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest news (search 'Repair Café Guildford').

Repair cafe rocking horse Repair cafe at Guildford Cathedral

Guildford Indoor Hydro Project

The Hydro Project produces electricity by harnessing energy from water flowing down the River Wey. This renewable energy generation scheme is located in a grade II listed building: the Toll House on the River Wey. If you are interested in finding out about the history of the Toll House and how the hydropower turbine works on a guided tour, please get in touch to organise a tour. Tours are available all year round. Contact climatechange@guildford.gov.uk or call 01483 444509.

Hydro Project tour Hydro Project

Guildford Farmers' Market Farmers' markets

At our Farmers' markets, alongside high quality fresh local produce, the Climate Change team exhibits to offer information on energy saving grants, products and renewable technologies.

 

 

Guildford in Bloom

Guildford in Bloom brings together community groups, businesses, schools and residents to promote imaginative ways to make the town and surrounding areas look their best and champion Guildford's natural environment.

Walking for Health

Walking for Health offers over 3,000 free, short walks each week. Find a  Health Walk Scheme near to you.

Guildford Walkfest

Guildford Walkfest 2017 is celebrating its eleventh year and is bigger than ever. Local groups have offered Walkfest a programme of short town or country walks from just half a mile, up to 16 mile hikes for the whole of September, all free of charge.

This year there are more Netwalking walks for business community networking whilst walking, walks from Guildford pubs and cafés, town and countryside walks and offers from local businesses. Something for everyone!

School community support

Hydro Drama Workshops

Guildford's indoor town hydro project, at the grade II listed Toll House, produces electricity by harnessing energy from water flowing down the River Wey. We run Ecopare logo free hydro drama workshops, in partnership with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, and sponsored by Ecopare Ltd, for pupils in years 5 and 6. Almost 1,000 years of history are covered in a couple of hours during this entertaining and interactive session, which covers the invention of the water wheel, royal disputes, gruesome accidents, hauntings, whacky new inventions and a tour of the hydro power plant. To book, please email climatechange@guildford.gov.uk or call 01483 444509.

Hydro drama workshops sponsored by Ecopare Ltd http://www.ecopare.energy.

Hydro project with man in top hat Hydro project with schoolchildren

Eco Schools

Becoming an Eco School is a great way of promoting sustainability and getting the whole school involved. Visit the Eco Schools website for information.

Find more Eco School ideas, plus guidance on sustainable schools on the Surrey County Council website.

The Pod

Useful teaching resources tackling energy, science and sustainability for 4 to 14 year olds are available from Join the Pod.

Business communities

Sustainability Roadshow There are a number of local and national initiatives to help businesses become more sustainable through recycling, procurement procedures, energy efficiency and travel policies:

1. Guildford's  commercial recycling services will help your business reduce, reuse and recycle. The service can be individually tailored to meet your specific business needs.

2. Sustainable procurement is not just about buying 'green' products; see  Gov.UK's guidance on sustainable procurement for information and best practice advice.

3.  Environmental taxes, Reliefs and Schemes for Businesses. Your business may be eligible for some government taxes, reliefs or schemes.

4. Small and Medium sized Business (SMEs). Energy saving tips are available from the  SME Guide to Energy Efficiency.

5. Travel SMART in Surrey has information on  workplace travel plans. which can help reduce your environmental footprint.

6. Surrey Liftshare encourages sustainable travel by linking drivers and passengers with a journey match.

We can also come and present some energy saving and recycling ideas to your business if desired. Picture below shows our Community Climate Change Officer and Recycling and Waste Project Officer exhibiting at Ericsson's Sustainability Roadshow, Guildford Business Park.