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Our new book – POWER TO THE PEOPLE

We have published our own book which tells the remarkable story about how a community built the Southill Solar Farm.  To find out more and order your copy.

Grant scheme for community environmental projects is open

Sustainable Charlbury is administering a new fund on behalf of Southill Community Energy. Surplus revenues from the operation of Southill Solar will be transferred each year to Sustainable Charlbury and made available for community environmental projects. Applications for grants are requested from organisations with projects of relevance to lowering carbon emissions and combating climate change.

Our campaigns for change

We are aiming to make a difference here in Charlbury. The way the we think about Waste, Buildings, Transport and many other everyday issues. The two we are currently focussed on are “Plastic-Smart Charlbury” and “Lower Energy Buildings“.

We are also running a number of very popular Events and Green Drinks in Charlbury.  All are welcome to come along and join in.

What ideas do you have? Please get in touch..

Why get involved?

Sustainable Charlbury is a charity which aims to stimulate our community to step up to address the big challenges the planet faces by starting local.  By coming together, we are able to crowd-source solutions. Being human is a team effort and by working together we can increase our chances of making a difference.

In practice, we are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, re-skilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support.  One of the key ways it spreads is through telling inspiring stories, and that’s what we aim to do on this website.  We really hope you feel inspired to take part, we’d be honoured if you did.

Southill Solar – our first major venture – created a new cooperative company for Charlbury, supplying green electricity, and with hundreds of members.

  • get to know your neighbours;
  • feel like you’re making a difference in the world;
  • because the world’s huge challenges (climate change, environmental degradation, social inequality, economic decline and so on) feel more manageable if addressed at the local scale
  • to catalyse all manner of new projects, enterprises and investment opportunities;
  • to learn new skills;
  • to feel like you are creating a new story for their place;
  • to feel connected to other people and to something historic and exciting happening around you;
  • because it feels like “the right thing to do”;
  • to have fun!

Get in touch.  Share your ideas….

Sustainable Charlbury’s relaunch is being driven by a group of local people – Tim Crisp, Liz Reason, Mark Gregory, Hugh Goyder, Gareth Epps and Sean Hosking.

As a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, people can join us as members to help move things forward.  Everyone can have their say, and the more people who join in, the more SusCha will develop into a positive, empowering network as part of a can-do community that cares about the planet and wants to be part of the solution.

We work alongside Charlbury Green Hub.

In the past Sustainable Charlbury has benefited from funding from Charlbury Beer Festival, Charlbury Town Council and Artists Project Earth, Midcounties Coop, West Oxfordshire District Council, Cottsway Housing Association and TOE2 (Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment)