August 2020 has seen the Community in lockdown for 5 months.
Activities cover the CCC crisis resource webpage and involvement with the community’s Volunteer Action Group: there’s a helpline & spreadsheet matching volunteers with errands for shopping, prescriptions etc; there are ‘active listening’ volunteers to have a friendly chat with. Community priorities include neighbourhood awareness, keeping tabs on shielding-households’ resources; the Community Tracking App to support individuals who experience symptoms and to allow local adjustments to official guidelines; the wonderful work of some very productive sewing volunteers.
Easing out of Lockdown will require the support systems that VAG/CCC have set up to adapt further. A HUGE thanks to community & carers: our CARING COMMUNITY in action!
In May 2020, PET presented the 2019 Carbon Footprint Assessment for the Findhorn Ecovillage Community.
This was the fourth time the calculation was carried out.
It shows total emissions of 4,114 tonnes of CO2e, or 7.1 tonnes CO2e/capita/2019.
For comparison, see the 2018 Carbon Assessment.
In February 2020, PET was asked to disburse moneys from Adriana Bijman’s Art Fund, which it holds on behalf of the New Findhorn Association (NFA) who are the responsible body. Grant(s) is(are) made twice a year.
Before she died in spring-summer 2017, the photographer and writer left instructions that a legacy should be established in her name to support the development of other creative people.
Adriana was a gifted artist and 20 year Moray resident. Pat Ellison, Fund administrator and friend, said: “her artistic voice was constantly developing in response to landscape, ideas and relationships; she was forever seeking new artistic challenges” (like PET does for projects&programs).
This was the third round of funding—two artists who have benefited are Maria Olsthoorn and Andrea Turner.
Until her passing in March 2020, PET’s Caring Community diVision was specifically fundraising to support the in-community homecare of Dorothy Maclean. Creating and adding to the CCFund has always been one key focus of the CCC.
Now CCC is fundraising to develop and support the community’s social capacity (e.g. behaviour, awareness, conventions) and infrastructure (e.g. volunteering individuals in different locations, networks, systems etc.)
In September 2019 the Caring Community diVision offered the PETboard its first Annual Report.
A Working Group had been established in December 2018 which took the excellent work of the volunteer NFA group to a new level. Work has already been done in different areas: education, staffing&fundraising, strategy and a social inclusion project. The diVision has now replaced the working group with a management committee.
Currently CCC is fundraising to support HomeCare for community members requiring support.
In June 2019 a Village Green Upgrade project was undertaken at the Park, administratively supported by PET.
In its role of community benefit charity, PET served as the project’s ‘piggy bank:’ by receiving the Appeal’s donations, we submitted the total donation amount to UK GIFT AID, which adds 25p to every 100p donated.
The result: on the £1,623 collected, PET generated an extra £405.75.
In Spring 2019 PET started to plan a cluster of 8 small S75 flats on the North Whins (NW) site of Duneland, in the Findhorn Ecovillage.
The developer’s proposal was accepted by the Moray Council end August. Original estimates for construction start was April 2020.
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In April 2019, PET presented the 2018 Carbon Footprint Assessment for the Findhorn Ecovillage Community.
This was the third time the calculation was carried out.
It shows total emissions of 3,392 tonnes of CO2e, or 8.3 tonnes CO2e/capita/2018.
For comparison, see the 2017 Carbon Assessment.
By the end of the financial year end in March 2019, the fledgling Carbon Offset Service had been active for 16 months.
Summary of the results:
- links to PET’s calculator were added the websites of Findhorn International Center for Sustainability, New Findhorn Directions (NFD), and New Findhorn Association (NFA);
- the Service served 76 individuals and organisations to offset 241 tonnes of CO2e;
16.6% guests, 29.5% staff Findhorn Foundation & longterm guests, 32.4% residents (NFA), 20.7% associated businesses, and 0.8% other non-residents.
In April 2018, PET presented the Carbon Footprint Assessment for the Findhorn Ecovillage Community.
This was the second time the calculation was carried out.
It showed a total footprint of 5,092 tonnes of CO2e(quivalent) or 13.3 tCO2e/capita.
For comparison, see the 2015 Carbon Assessment.
In February 2018 the Findhorn Foundation linked their website to PET’s Carbon Offsetting service. The Foundation has the largest single presence in the Ecovillage.
This is done “so residents and visitors [to the Foundation] can offset the carbon emissions created by their travelling to and from Findhorn as well as other lifestyle and business carbon emissions.”
Paul Dickinson, Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation writes: “The Findhorn Foundation has for decades been a pioneer of ecological responsibility. People from across the world want to visit this magical place, but they are naturally concerned about the emissions from travel. Through this credible and inspiring offsetting scheme, the Findhorn Foundation has again found an inspiring way forward for guests.”
In early 2017 the PETboard agreed to create a Carbon Offsetting Service.
The 2015 Community Carbon Footprint Assessment published in 2016, had put the Community at roughly the UK average, the primary cause of which was air travel by Foundation guests and Community residents. One strategy to decrease this negative effect on global warming is through carbon offsetting.
In this way, the Foundation, Ecovillage, wider Community members, and their guests and friends can (i) learn to appreciate the personally attributable CO2 impac£ of their normal activities and (ii) TRULY offset this ACTUAL impact — now!
In 2016 PET began to plan and fundraise £500,000+ for a new, six unit, affordable co-housing project at West Whins in the Park.
Construction and the Social Allocation process took place in spring 2017. The chosen Community members received their front door keys on 1/12/2017.
Our community-owned+PET-managed assets continue to rise; target is 25 units by 2025.
Covering 2015, the Carbon diVision published its first Carbon Footprint Assessment, after PET’s participation at the COP21 in Paris.
This carbon footprint assessment calculated a total community emission of 4.067 tCO2e(quivalent), or an average carbon footprint of 9.5 tonnes of CO2e/capita/2015—effectively the UK average.
It was decided to re-calculate & publish this report annually.
In 2006 a Findhorn Foundation Community Ecological Footprint Assessment had been published. (Click here for the definitions of carbon and ecological footprints.)
From 2013, PET planned, fundraised for and constructed four new, East Whins units as “Section 75 requirement” housing.
These form the foundation of PET’s affordable Housing program.
The Community, through PET, fully owns two flats, which are constructed to standards for community elder care, while two more houses are held in shared ownership.