In September 2019 the Caring Community Division offered its first Annual Report as a PET division serving the NFA Community Care Circle (CCC).
A Working Group was established in December 2018 which has taken 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.
In June 2019 a Village Green Upgrade project was undertaken at the Park, and PET in its role of community benefit charity, served as ‘piggy bank.’ By receiving the Appeal’s donations, PET was able to submit the total amount to GIFT AID, which adds 25p to every 100p donated. The result: £1,623 collected generated an extra £405.75 through Gift Aid.
In April 2019, PET presented the 2018 Carbon Footprint Assessment for the Findhorn Ecovillage. This is the third time the calculation has been carried out. It shows total emissions of 3,392 tonnes of CO2equivalent, 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. Here’s a summary of its results:
- links to the PET calculator had been added the websites of the Findhorn International Center for Sustainability, New Findhorn Directions (NFD), and the New Findhorn Association (NFA);
- it served 76 offsetters
- to offset 241 tonnes of CO2equivalent
- 16.6% guests
- 29.5% staff Findhorn Foundation & longterm guests
- 32.4% residents (NFA)
- 20.7% associated businesses
- 0.8% other non-residents.
In April 2018, PET presented the second Carbon Footprint Assessment for the Community. This showed a total Findhorn Ecovillage Community Carbon Footprint 2017 of 5,092 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent, or 13.3 tonnes of CO2e/capita.
Very important to note is that, if we deduct the Findhorn Foundation guest travel (flying) from this total, the Community footprint drops to 5.3 tonnes of CO2e/capita/2017.
This annual re-calculation is now part of PET’s Carbon Strategy program. We invite ALL residents, staff and guests to actively participate in calculating, offsetting and reducing their emissions. Click here for carbon footprint definition…
In February 2018 the Findhorn Foundation linked our Carbon Offsetting service to their website “so residents and visitors can offset the carbon emissions created by their travelling to and from Findhorn as well as other lifestyle and business carbon emissions.”
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.
Paul Dickinson, Trustee Findhorn Foundation, Chair CDP
In early 2017 PET decided to create a Carbon Offsetting Service. The Carbon Footprint Assessment published in 2016, had put the Community at roughly the UK average, the primary cause of which was/still is 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, actual CO2 impac£ of their normal activities and
(ii) TRULY offset this ACTUAL impact — now!
In 2016 PET started to fundraise £500,000+ for a further six affordable units at West Whins in the Park. Building and the social Allocation process took place in spring 2017, and the Community members received their front door keys on 1/12/2017. Our Community-owned PETmanaged assets continue to rise.
In 2015, after PET’s participation at the COP21 in Paris, PET produced a first Carbon Footprint Assessment. This showed an average Findhorn Community Carbon Footprint of 9.5 tonnes of CO2e/capita/year – effectively the UK average. We want to re-calculate & publish this report annually. Click here for the definition…
The basis of PET’s Affordable Housing program, from 2013 we fundraised for, and now manage four East Whins units as “Section 75” housing. We fully own two flats, which are dedicated to community elder care, while two others are held in shared ownership.
Between 2010 – 2015, PET managed a Youth Ecology Education Project financed by a £462,000 grant from the Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) for the Moray Junior Eco-Forum; it was also successfully taken overseas!