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Lend your support to Fairtrade Fortnight

Category: General

Date: 27.02.2015

Time: 20:50

Bring about positive change for farmers and workers in developing countries by supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 (23 February - 8 March). 

In 2015, Fairtrade Fortnight will be on a mission to ask shoppers and businesses to choose products that change lives. Campaigners across Peterborough will join forces with the rest of the country and share stories from the people who grow our favourite products, to remind everyone of the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and why it is still needed.

70% of the world’s food is produced by 500 million smallholder farmers yet many of them remain trapped in chronic poverty. Fairtrade ensures farmers across the developing world receive a fairer price for their work, as well as an additional Fairtrade Premium, used by farmers and workers to invest in their communities. The community then decides what the Premium is spent on, whether that’s building a new school or hospital, or investing in better environmental business practices.

Join Fairtrade Peterborough for a Fairtrade Wine Tasting at Peterborough Cathedral’s Becket Chapel on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 from 7.30pm-9pm. This informal evening will be a fantastic opportunity to try some Fairtrade wine and delicious nibbles and discover more about Fairtrade across the globe.

Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the night. To book your tickets, email fairtradepeterborough@gmail.com or telephone Sr Mary Mason on 07811 345 857.



Access affordable environmental training for your business

Category: Business

Date: 20.02.2015

Time: 14:28

Katie Greenhalgh, Environmental Consultant for iiE Consultancy, explains how you can access affordable environmental training for your business.

I’m really pleased to let everyone know about a new partnership between the not-for-profit Investors in the Environment Consultancy and Cloud Sustainability. Cloud Sustainability is a leading provider of online training courses and sustainability services and we are now able to offer these at a discounted rate to our business clients.

iiE Consultancy is offering a range of eLearning courses as a cost effective way to develop your or your team’s environmental knowledge at a pace and location that suits you. The majority of courses are certified and cover waste management, energy management, environmental management systems, sustainable procurement, corporate social responsibility and more.

Through the partnership, we are able to offer our businesses 5% off the RRP of most courses and further discounts are available for those businesses wanting to bulk buy courses to train a number of staff. To receive your iiE discount, just remember to enter “iiE5%” when prompted on checkout when you have chosen your course at www.cloudsustainability.com/products.

Training is a vital component of any sustainable organisation, with training records required by many Environmental Management System standards such as ISO14001. Training ensures that staff members have an understanding of environmental topics and can apply these in a business setting – often people don’t think twice about recycling and saving energy at home but when they come to work it’s a different story!

We love the fact that the courses are all online too – less travel means more efficient use of staff time, reduced transport costs and a reduced carbon footprint – extra points in your business travel plan and sustainability strategy!

For more information contact iiE Consultancy on 01733 882549, consultancy@iie.uk.com or visit the website at www.iie.uk.com/consultancy. A brief summary of available courses is listed below:

An Introduction to Waste Legislation – The Journey of Waste - CIWM certified
An Introduction to Managing Healthcare Waste - CIWM certified
Best Practice Management of Healthcare Waste - CIWM certified
Waste Smart Certificate - CIWM certified
Energy Aware - Energy Institute certified
First Steps in Carbon Management - CIWM certified
Introduction to Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - CIWM certified
Implementing and  auditing Environmental Management Systems - Based on ISO14001 standard
Embedding Sustainable Procurement



Peterborough Environment City Trust in the news!

Category: Public/Communities

Date: 13.02.2015

Time: 10:39

As an innovative environmental charity in Peterborough, PECT is always keen to spread the word far and wide about our projects.

We already work with a large range of community groups, organisations, businesses and schools across the city – and our achievements have far-reaching effects.

For example, did you know in 2014 alone we engaged with over 1,700 businesses, 30,194 trees were planted as part of our community volunteering scheme Forest for Peterborough, and 16,600 pupils were involved in our environmental projects.

Every little bit of support helps, and we are grateful for the local and regional media backing our initiatives and helping to tell our stories in order to bring them to life. 

The Moment Magazine recently covered a three page article on PECT and some of our community projects, including Woodland Heritage in Action, Greeniversity and Forest for Peterborough. Read on to discover more about our work.

Thank you for your support. Please do continue to spread the word about PECT and share our stories on social media @SustainableCity.