The Ashden Blog

Jo Walton
By Jo Walton, Ashden Head of Communications and Deputy Director
Knowing the Ashden Award-winning work of the National Trust in Wales and Infosys in India, I’m familiar with the concept of retrofitting buildings, even hard-to-treat heritage properties, to make them more energy efficient. I wasn’t expecting to encounter it when I visited one of the world’s most iconic buildings in New York earlier this summer.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
Community Energy Fortnight is back for its second year to celebrate the inspiring projects and groups that are springing up across the country and putting communities back into power.
Ashden news
Senior management staff from 56 schools across London, Devon, Essex, Surrey and Hampshire are going back to the classroom this month to start a year-long programme to learn about how to save money on their fuel bills and cut their carbon emissions.
By Pete Knight, Fundraising and UK Research Assistant
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
Ann-Marie Hopkins, a teacher at South Farnborough Infant School in Hampshire, is one of the mentors for the new year of our LESS CO2 Programme. This year-long programme of workshops and mentoring starts later this month and will help schools in Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and Devon learn how to reduce their fuel bills and cut carbon emissions.
Ashden news
Ashden launched its call for entries for its 2015 Awards today, marking the start of its search for pioneering programmes and enterprises that will be showcased as sustainable energy leaders at the Ashden Awards in June next year.
Sarah Butler-Sloss
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director
At Ashden we have been in absolute shock and deep sadness to hear of Stephen Lloyd’s tragic and sudden death last Wednesday.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
If, like me, you're planning to squeeze in a late summer holiday in the UK and need inspiration on how to spend it, you'll be pleased to know that September is brimming with sustainable fun.
Emily Haves
By Emily Haves, Ashden International Programme Officer

I’ll be moving on from Ashden this September (first stop: visiting 2014 winner Off Grid Electric in Tanzania!) – a perfect time to reflect on what I’ve learned in my three years here.

Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
At Ashden we love finding examples of nominative determinism – and what better one than Stephen Green, Environmental Coordinator at Ringmer Community College near Lewes, which won an Ashden Award in 2008 for its achievements in reducing its carbon footprint.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
Baffled by the Base of Pyramid, confused by CFL, or annoyed by acronyms? For all of us involved in the sustainable energy sector it’s easy to slip into using jargon as shorthand. The trouble is, using esoteric terms doesn’t really help inspire others about the fantastic low-carbon world we want to create.
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Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
There has been a rush of positive stories from the sustainable energy world recently, from record-breaking statistics of the percentage of energy coming from renewable sources, to the world’s first eco-friendly mosque. Here are just some of the inspiring news stories I’ve seen over the last few weeks.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
Yesterday was a gloriously sunny day for Sir George Monoux College’s inaugural Alumni and Networking Event in Walthamstow, North East London. Fellow Ashden team members Jo Walton, Alex Green and I had been invited to the event after the sixth form college won an Ashden Award back in May. It reminded me why it is such a deserving Ashden Award winner.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
This is the last in our series of blogs featuring Women in Power, which has highlighted some of the inspirational women among this year's Ashden Awards winners.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
Next up in our series of interviews with Women in Power, we have Catrin Maby, CEO of Severn Wye Energy Agency. She told me how she tackled challenging subjects at school to go on to study engineering at university - and her 'lightbulb' moment, learning about fuel poverty... 
Ed Dean
By Ed Dean, Head of Development
A summer shower had just begun so I was glad to be in the shelter of the Forest Row Community Centre. I was in this East Sussex village, the gateway to the beautiful Ashdown Forest, to visit the Forest Row Energy Fair.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
The Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective is a network of Indian winners of the prestigious Ashden awards. They held a seminar on June 24 covering Renewable Energy in Rural Development.  Chaired by Manish Gupta, Minister of Power and Non-Conventional Energy, West Bengal, the seminar was attended by government officials, international organisations, renewable energy entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, researchers and academicians.
Guest blogger
By Elly White, Solar Aid
Ashden news
A new report published today by Ashden and Christian Aid reveals how donors, investors, technical experts and policy makers can improve support to enterprises providing access to clean energy in the developing world.