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New courses at CAT Graduate School for 2019

MSc Green Building*, MSc Sustainable Ecology* & MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change*

Easter Holidays at CAT

Head to CAT this Easter Holidays for a fun-packed programme of family events.

Explore building sustainably on our short courses

We offer a wide variety of courses exploring building using sustainable materials. Suitable for all levels.

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Create a Felt Bowl

Learn how to make rigid felt items from simple sheep’s wool. Under the expert tuition of Jane Kay, you will produce a bowl to take home with you, and gain…

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Spoon Carving (Sold out on this date)

Get started with woodworking Spend a day in nature discovering the ancient art of spoon carving. This course is a great way to get started with woodworking, covering choosing materials,…

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Energy Inventors

Down with fossil fuels, up with wind, water, sun and…potatoes?! Using our green energy kits, discover how we can produce environmentally friendly energy at CAT this Easter Holidays. Which process…

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Graduate School of the Environment

Gain the knowledge and skills to help address environmental change. CAT’s postgraduate courses are respected across the world, providing a big-picture, integrated approach to sustainability.

Zero Carbon Britain

To tackle climate change, all emissions that can go to zero must go to zero – as rapidly as possible. CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research shows how this can be done using technology available today.

Educational Trips

Bring your school, college or educational group to CAT and start exploring positive solutions to environmental challenges.
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Short Courses

Gain practical skills and hands-on experience with one of our day, weekend or week-long sustainability courses.
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Easter holidays at CAT

Pull on your wellies and get stuck in with the gardens team at CAT this Easter Holidays! It’s that time of year again when CAT’s gardeners are busy preparing beds,…

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Dogs at CAT

The Centre for Alternative Technology will be welcoming dogs to the eco centre from 1st April. Taking your four legged friends away on holiday is one of the joys of…

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Paul Allen to speak at ALL-ENERGY 2019

On Wednesday 15 May CAT’s Paul Allen will speak at the All-Energy exhibition in Glasgow, exploring ‘Whole energy system zero carbon transition’ as part of a session on ‘Planning Energy Transition’. All-Energy…

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Free Information Service

Wondering what you can do in your own home to help combat climate change? CAT’s free information service offers independent and impartial advice on a wide range of areas to help you live more sustainably.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

Generate electricity from the sun. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. You can use the electricity to power domestic appliances, and export excess energy to the grid. This…

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Natural and low impact building materials

Natural and low impact building materials

Our page on low energy buildings talks about the ’embodied energy’ of building materials. This is the energy that was used in extraction, manufacture, and transportation. Another way of assessing…

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Energy saving at home

Energy saving at home

From the very earliest days of CAT we have focused on building and renovating to high levels of insulation, so that we consume less energy. Reducing our energy demand makes…

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