Another summer comes to an end – too soon, as always. September has rolled in, people are trickling back from their holidays and children are back at school. It can all be a bit disheartening. But we’re quite excited for the start of September. Here’s why…

5 reasons to be excited for September

Ellie Mika

1. Mark your calendars!

Call for entries opened on 5 September, kicking off our 2018 Ashden Awards process. Don’t hold off on applying for too long, the deadline is 7 November. So get your applications in and who knows, maybe this time next year you can call yourself an Ashden Award Winner.


September marks the start of a new year for the LESS CO2 schools programme, which not only helps schools save energy and money, but helps children take more responsibility in the running of their school and makes students and staff more aware of the impact they have on the environment. Register on the website to find a school’s cluster near you. 

3. Climate Week

Runs from 18 – 24 September in New York and, as one of the key summits driving climate action, we can expect everything from panel discussions to exhibitions and seminars bringing together leaders from business, government and civil society. Our Founder-Director Sarah Butler-Sloss will be attending, so keep an eye out on our social media feeds for updates.

4. Events in the Ashden network

Harrison Leaf, CEO of Ashden Award winner SteamaCo, spoke at the Agile Data Meetup on 7 September about what they achieved during their recent Data Hackathon.

The Shell Foundation, Practical Action and Bloomberg New Energy Finance hosted Energy Access Network drinks on 11 September, for an informal get-together for everybody working on energy access and off-grid energy issues in London. Don’t miss the next one!

Our very own Faye Scott, UK Research and Policy Manager at Ashden, will be chairing a session on 14 September at Energy Saving Trust’s Unlocking sustainable growth in the city regions on the options and opportunities for cities to improve their housing stock.

Fit for the Future’s “Embodied Carbon: To Rebuild or To Retrofit?” event takes place on 22 September and will explore different approaches to retrofitting buildings and discuss the implications of embodied carbon.

And finally…

5. Oktoberfest

We’re having a long-overdue team outing in London to welcome a few new team members and get the new Ashden Awards year off to a flying start!

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