5th Jan 2017 – New Year’s Resolutions with Transition MK

Free event for anyone in Milton Keynes

New Year’s Resolutions – what can we all do to make to make the biggest difference?

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Come along to the first Transition MK meeting of 2017 and be inspired by short films about some of the activities of other UK Transition groups. It will also be your chance to discuss what our priorities for 2017 should be, and enjoy some networking.

Thursday 5th January 2017, 7pm – 9pm at Centrecom in CMK (MK93BJ).

Sign up on Eventbrite: https://tmkfilmnight1.eventbrite.co.uk

To find out more about Transition MK, visit: www.transitionmk.com

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THIS THURSDAY: Film Showing at Centrecom

Free film night in Central Milton Keynes

Come along to the next film-showing organised by Transition MK, dedicated to Energy DIY and ways of making our homes more energy-efficient this winter and beyond.

This Thursday – 7-9PM at Centrecom (MK9 3BJ).

Register on Eventbrite: www.tmkfilms.eventbrite.co.uk.

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23 November: Living Streets Project – Information Drop In

A new project aiming to bring Milton Keynes’ streets alive

Come along to the Milton Keynes Civic Office this Wednesday to chat to members of the Sustainability Team at MK Council and find out more about the new Living Streets community project, and how your  street (neighbourhood) or a community group could get involved.

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The Living Streets project is a real life experiment where residents temporarily transform part of their street into a community space. This community space will have room for families to socialise and play, to grow food and flowers, create street furniture for relaxing and sharing meals and develop recreational activities such as keep fit, storytelling and fund raising activities. Road traffic will be restricted to make the street safer, improve air quality and encourage consideration of sustainable transport options and new ways for car sharing and grocery shopping in collaboration with neighbours.

Want to find out more about the project? Read the FAQs here.

If you are interested in the project, but can’t attend the Drop In, contact the Sustainability Team on carbon@milton-keynes.gov.uk .

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4 November: Energy Advice Drop-In at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill

Friday 4th November – 10am-12pm: Moorlands Children’s and Community Centre. 

We have teamed up with The National Energy Foundation to promote their new Keeping Kids Cosy programme and our CAPE project at the weekly coffee morning at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill. If you live in the Woughton area, come along on the 4th November to get useful tips and advice related to your energy use, and to find out more about the concept of community-owned energy, such as the Milton Keynes-based, Wolverton Community Energy.

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Just some the CAPE project tools will make data available to citizens in Milton Keynes, which will help determine what solar potential there is for certain areas in the city (and more!). See below the solar potential map for CMK (satellite view).

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Wolverton Community Energy has been running for over a year, with solar installations completed at various sites across Milton Keynes, including in Kiln Farm and Camphill Communities. Find out more about how the project works (and how you can get involved) here.wceFor more information, contact Anna at: anna@communityactionmk.org.

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Family Halloween Fun

This Half Term families in Milton Keynes are being encouraged to get on the Redways to explore Campbell park and combine using their smartphones with the great outdoors for some family Halloween fun!

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Download the ‘Mobile Adventures’ app and complete the game by exploring Campbell Park to find the spooky characters. As you find each Halloween themed character your phone will set your family team challenges and quizzes to gain you points and unlock the location. The top 3 family teams with the highest point’s tallies after half term will receive £100 each in high street vouchers.

Funded through Our MK and MK Public Health in conjunction with the MK Physical Activity Alliance, the game has been coordinated by Leap – the Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks & MK.

Chris Gregory, Senior Development Manager at Leap, commented:

For any families who were hit or even missed the Pokemon craze, this is the next best thing. Combining family time and outdoor activity by using the fantastic network of Redways to explore Campbell park.

“Perfect for families with children in school years 3 to 6, its also a great way to have some Halloween fun as a family.

The free Mobile Adventures app can be downloaded on Apple and Android mobile devices from their respective app stores. To play the game enter code: 669017711863

It’s important to stay safe and have fun this Half Term, game users are encouraged to travel in groups, play in daylight hours and be aware of their surroundings. The game can be played until the end of November 2016, when the winning teams will be contacted.

 

Got an idea like this? You could apply for Our MK funding to get your idea off the ground. Deadline for funding is 30th October 2016. Visit www.ourmk.org/competition for more details.

 

 

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6 October: Transition MK Film Night on the ‘Story of Stuff’

The next Transition MK film night is on Thursday 6th October from 7-9pm at Centrecom in CMK.

Two short films will be shown on the theme of ‘The Story of Stuff’ which explores our production and consumption patterns, and exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, calling us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

Entry is free but donations are always welcome.

For more information & to book your place, contact Transition MK on transitionmkinfo@gmail.com. To find out more about Transition MK, visit their website here.

Come along to join our discussion and share your views.

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Survey: how to represent heat loss in a map?

Can you complete this short survey?

Our friends at The Open University who work with us on the MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy projects are investigating how to represent heat loss in a map. Please complete this short survey to help them understand which colours schemes better represent the level of heat loss of buildings in an on-line map. The heat loss of a house is related with the energy you would need to use to keep it warm and comfortable. Findings from the survey will be used for research purposes.

Data collected by the survey will be anonymous and it takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. You can exit the survey at any point.

This survey has been approved by the Open University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to contact Jose Cavero (jose.cavero@open.ac.uk).

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The Heat Loss map of Central Milton Keynes (thermal imagery)

Thank you!

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