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Radical action is needed if we are to avoid dangerous climate breakdown. CAT offers practical solutions and hands-on learning to help create a zero carbon world.

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Please sign CAT's petition calling on the UK & devolved governments to produce an urgent climate emergency action plan.

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Fear is paralysing – hope is energising. You can inspire action on climate change today.

New courses at CAT Graduate School for 2019

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

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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There’s so much to see and do at CAT, with hands-on learning for all ages. Visit us to explore all aspects of green living.

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Drilling a frame on our Tiny house course

Build a Tiny House (Sold out on this date)

Gain the practical experience and key skills to build a tiny house all of your own. Whether you’re planning to build your own home or just want to pick up…

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Build a Natural House (Sold out on this date)

Build your own outhouse, a garden retreat or even extending or building your own home. Whatever your grand design, this practical course can help put some of those ideas into…

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Masters in Architecture Open Day

Held during one of our Masters in Architecture module weeks, our Graduate School open days offer an authentic informative taster of what it’s like to study at CAT and provides you a…

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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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wind turbine, pv panels and power lines

Net zero – let’s up the ambition!

Today’s Committee on Climate Change report is a clear call for strong government action – but it doesn’t go far enough. The urgency of the climate crisis requires radical solutions,…

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off-shore wind farm

Can we reach zero carbon by 2025?

Through researching and communicating a detailed model of a Zero Carbon Britain, CAT aims to stimulate debate around rapid decarbonisation, engage the research community and get society thinking in new…

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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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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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