D2 Energy Efficiency Surveys and Grants Available

The D2 Energy Efficiency Project is offering free energy audits to businesses in Derby and Derbyshire to help reduce business costs and carbon emissions, and increase the comfort of employees. Following an audit, project officers will work with businesses to implement the best options for your business. Grants of up to £15,000 (and up to 65% of the cost) are available to eligible businesses to carry out energy efficiency improvements. Measures could include improved lighting, insulation, more efficient process equipment and renewable energy. For more information:
Support is also available for low carbon environmental accreditation and technical support consultancy from the University of Derby: see

The D2 Energy Efficiency Project is run by a partnership between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Take the Family Cycling Quest in Broxtowe

Prizes are up for grabs for families completing five of Broxtowe’s Family Cycling Quest Quizzes by the end of October. With eight cycling routes in the area and a quiz for each one with clues and answers found along the way, the Family Cycling Quest could make for some great days out this summer. The routes help people explore new places around their communities and enjoy cycling. One rider, Rowan, aged 10, completed five Quests with her family and now wants to complete the rest. Three lucky winners from a prize draw will each receive a £50 voucher to spend on cycling equipment.
Quest maps, quiz sheets and further information are available online:

Apple Picking and Pressing Volunteers Needed in Chesterfield 

The Transition Chesterfield Abundance Project team are gearing up for the apple picking season, with their annual project to harvest unwanted fruit and distribute it free of charge or press it into juice. So much fruit goes to waste and this is a great way to help people who either cannot pick their own fruit or have too much, and distribute it to homeless shelters, food banks etc. There are plenty of trees to harvest but the project team is in need of more pickers and places to distribute the fruit to. Ways to get involved:

  • Apple picking – as part of a team during September and October
  • Apple pressing – there will be a weekly pressing session at Inspire Community Garden
  • Nominate an organisation to receive apples (mainly cooking) e.g. school, community group

If you can help, get in touch:  

New Social Learning Platform for East Midlands Sustainability Initiatives

Green Bridge has recently been launched by De Montfort University’s Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development. It aims to serve as a platform to share experience and ideas and build relationships between researchers, volunteers, campaigners, sustainability professionals, social entrepreneurs and more – anyone involved in making sustainability happen locally. In addition to knowledge sharing events in Leicester, the project offers a website and social media platform that community groups can use to share their experiences with others.

Get involved:   

Facebook group
Contact Dr Andrew Reeves on

Regional Network for Community Groups Launches in East Midlands

Resonate East Midlands is the name of a new regional network for community groups involved in sustainability. The network has begun with a Facebook group and will create an opportunity to exchange stories, resources and ideas and build connections and mutual support.
The group is a Transition UK Regional Network and was created following a workshop on 17th June which involved nine Transition groups, several from Derbyshire and Nottingham. However, you don’t have to be a Transition group to join – if you’re part of a group with similar aims then you’re very welcome to get involved.
Join the Facebook group.