Duty Officer Update - 27 March 2015

27 March 2015

This week started with a bang. Ok, well technically it didn't, but the discovery of an unexploded World War 2 bomb in Bermondsey on Monday morning casued a lot of work for our partners as well as causing disruption to local residents and businesses.

Achieving mass solar installation in London

23 March 2015

2015 looks set to be a landmark year for solar PV in the UK. The cost of solar panels has fallen 60% in four years and today’s feed-in tariffs (FITs) offer rates of return similar to those available in 2011.

Low risk, combined with strong returns, reduced CO2 emissions and protection from rising energy prices makes solar PV an enticing opportunity for many organisations. However, a clear business case does not always result in action on the ground.

Zero carbon retrofit? Not such a leap of faith

9 February 2015

How much of your organisation’s housing stock could achieve a net zero carbon standard, while generating a healthy financial return, with a new kitchen and bathroom thrown in for free? Evidence from the Netherlands suggests it could be a higher proportion than you think.

Retrofit - five key questions every organisations should ask

6 February 2015

Climate change is the most defining challenge of our time. It is challenging us to rethink how we work, how we live – and how we plan our communities. We need to provide homes, transport, schools and open spaces for the citizens of London.

Which leads us to the most prominent question facing us today: How can we do this and ensure the city remains liveable now, and for future generations?

Helping Haringey schools breathe better

25 March 2015

As part of our Breathe Better Together campaign, we hear from Rachel Gates an air quality apprentice at Haringey Council. She explains her work to raise awareness of air pollution around local schools…

Duty Officer Update - 20 March 2015

20 March 2015

With high pollution alerts earlier in the week find out more about air quality, as well as information from Business Continuity Awareness Week in this week's blog from our Duty Officer.

Deputy Mayor backs Helping Hands Campaign to End Sexual Abuse of Women and Girls

18 March 2015

Young women with connections to gang culture are in danger of serious sexual abuse including rape and coercion to commit criminal offences such as carrying weapons or drugs. This week Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh met with representatives from the Safer London Foundation, to hear from front line youth workers about the work of EMPOWER, a support programme which addresses young women’s experiences of sexual violence and exploitation, primarily through gang activity.

Final touches for the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards entries

17 March 2015

Payam Beint, Head of Art and Design at Normanhurst School, on how his students prepared for the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards…

We began by looking at previous winners as part of our art lesson. For homework, students chose different Fourth Plinth artists and explored how their idea was developed from start to finish.

I believe that students should get into the mind-set of an artist first. They need to think about how ideas are communicated to the public and how the artwork interacts with the environment around it.


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