St Nicks

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Category: One Planet Living

St Nicks’ supporter story: Tiphaine

Meet St Nicks’ supporter Tiphaine, who has shared her experiences of adopting a greener lifestyle with our Sustainability Officer Ivana. Would you like to share yours? Please get in touch.   Please introduce yourself in a few sentences. My name is Tiphaine, I am French and arrived in York five and a half years ago […]

Posted 25 March 2021 | Categories: Inspiration, Interview, One Planet Living | Tags: interview, one planet living, recycling, sustainability

Please think twice before getting a wood stove

Watching flames dance over logs or other dry wood is incredibly mesmerising and relaxing, especially if you know that it travelled just a few hundred yards from a well-managed forest (or a scrapheap). The Environment Centre stove is certainly one of its most popular features, even though it’s inadequate (more on that later). Yet, we […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: air pollution, home, one planet living, sustainability, wood stove, zero carbon

Fancy Ta(l)king Action?

3 reasons why YOUR actions matter: join us on Tue 12th January 2020 for Ta(l)king Action It’s good to see the government somewhat stepping up its ambition to tackle climate change and stimulate a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. We could argue over how revolutionary the 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution […]

Posted 26 November 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living

Been feeling the heat? Insulate!

It’s been an interesting summer, in more ways than one, seesawing between some of the hottest days on record and below average temperatures. MetOffice happened (or chose?) to issue its 2019 State of the Climate report on the hottest day of July. This confirmed the overall warming trend and the role of climate change in […]

Posted 27 August 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: climate, ecohome, Green Homes Grants, insulation, retrofitting

Can £5,000 get you a warmer, better home?

Only around 36% of York homes are classed as well-insulated, according to research by Friends of the Earth. This means that most of us in York (and across the UK) live in houses that are expensive to heat, generate unnecessary carbon emissions and are potentially bad for our health. The recent government’s recent announcement of […]

Posted 24 July 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: airtightness, comfort, draught-proofing, government grant, insulation, retrofitting, wellbeing, zero carbon

What is zero carbon?

I hate to admit that when I first heard the term, I was confused. Carbon is the main building block of life so how could you go to zero? However, I quickly learned that it’s a shorthand for net zero carbon emissions. That may sound straightforward enough but how do you get to zero when […]

Posted 23 July 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, One Planet Living | Tags: climate emergency, energy efficiency, one planet living, retrofitting, UN Paris Agreement, wellbeing, zero carbon, Zero Carbon Britain

Making space for nature

We had planned a Ta(l)king Action workshop on wildlife gardening for 21st March 2020 but, sadly, had to cancel it due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a substitute, here are some tips shared by several of the would-be participants. We hope you find them useful and look forward to hearing about your efforts to make […]

Posted 6 April 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, One Planet Living | Tags: climate, ecotherapy, growing, one planet living, pollinators, wildflowers, wildlife gardening

“Housewarming Party” time, or why and how to insulate your floor

Written by St Nicks Outreach Officer and founding member of York Community Energy Ivana Jakubkova who organised a DIY floor insulation workshop, aka a “Housewarming Party”, in April 2019. If you want to know more about the process or have technical queries contact Andy Walker from SURE Insulation who ran the workshop and who has edited this […]

Posted 20 January 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: carbon footprint, DIY, draughts, floor insulation, heat loss, housewarming party, YCE, York Community Energy

Strange times, normal times: climate change at St Nicks

Written by Wildwatch volunteer Sean Garvey in the summer 2019, as an update to our page on climate change at St Nicks This heatwave seems as good a time as any to consider climate change. Extreme weather events of all kinds are set to become more frequent as global warming affects us all. Here in […]

Posted 27 August 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: ash, ash dieback, Bumblebees, butterflies, Chiffchaff, Cinnamon Bug, climate change, climate crisis, damselflies, global warming, green corridors, Grey Squirrel, hedgehog, magpie, mitigation, oak, phenology, Wildwatch, woodland, yew

Zero(ish) Waste Wedding

This blog was written by our Projects Assistant Esther Smith. The average UK wedding produces a third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That’s a whole extra UK resident’s average carbon footprint for a year and a half, in one day. Probably the most environmentally conscious way to […]

Posted 26 July 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: carbon footprint, eco, one planet living, ring, upcycling, waste, wedding, York