Wilmslow Question Time at Wilmslow High School – Friday, 24th February at 7.30pm

Nobel Prize winner, Prof Geoff Levermore heads up a question time panel at a public meeting on issues around energy and energy saving. Organised by Transition Wilmslow, this free to all event takes place at Wilmslow High School from 7.30pm on Friday 24th February.

Local resident Prof Levermore, currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester, was one of the team on the IPCC which was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007, alongside climate campaigner Al Gore, for their efforts in bringing the subject into the global arena. A professor of the built environment at the University of Manchester, Professor Levermore helped write and edit a chapter on residential and commercial buildings and their impact on climate change.

This meeting launches Transition Wilmslow’s programme designed to inform the local community about energy issues as well as supporting energy saving solutions. A study into the feasibility of a Wilmslow based biodigester to handle local waste and to generate energy for local use is included in the project that is partly supported by LEAF funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to help promote energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.

Also on the question time panel will be Cllr Rod Menlove, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services for Cheshire East Council, Eleanor Underhill, General Manager of the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill, and James Eggleston, currently studying for his A-levels at the High School. The panel is being chaired by John Handley from Manchester University’s School of Environment and Development and a director of the Centre for Urban Regional Ecology.

Councillor Rod Menlove –Environment Portfolio Holder for Cheshire East said “Cheshire East is keen to see waste reduction at all sorts of levels and so is delighted that TW is doing work on houses – and also looking at the possibility of a local biodigester to heat buildings and save fuel”.

Householders and community and church halls will be offered the chance to have their buildings checked for excessive heat loss by volunteers using hand-held heat detecting thermal cameras. The images can be used to decide whether a more in-depth survey of the building is needed and whether the free services of the Groundwork Trust’s Green Doctors would be
useful.

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