The year on the blog: CAT’s most interesting events and news from 2011

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CAT wins an Ashden award June

At a prestigious awards ceremony in London on Thursday 16 June CAT was awarded the Ashden Award for training in sustainable technologies. The Ashden Awards are the world’s leading green energy awards and CAT won for its achievement in training and inspiring people to work in green technologies through a range of postgraduate and professional courses.

WISE wins an RIBA award July

The Centre for Alternative Technology has been awarded a prestigious architecture award for the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education.The award was presented by Peter Clegg, one of the RIBA judges. Speaking during the award ceremony held on the 8th of July he said of that ” the quality achieved in the WISE building of the architecture and workmanship was immaculate” and that “sustainability really has come of age.”

The Prince of Wales visits CAT June

Prince Charles visited the Centre for Alternative Technology to meet school children and look at CAT’s award-winning new building, the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education. The prince spoke to children from Trefonnen School in Llandrindod Wells who were visiting the centre to learn about sustainability. He sat in on a workshop being held with the children by one of CAT’s teachers, Ann MacGarry. Prince Charles then visited the CAT gardens where he spoke to gardener Chloe Ward about organic growing. In CAT’s new Wales Institute for Sustainable Education he met Trish Andrews who showed him work completed by students on CAT’s sustainable architecture course. He then toured the building with its architect, Pat Borer.

The bird hide Summer and November

Last summer students of the Professional Diploma course constructed a stunning bird hide in CAT’s Coed Gwen woodland, the project has now been entered into the Architects Journal small projects competition with the winners to be announced in January 2012. We wish them all the best- it is indeed a beautiful bird hide. For more information on the construction process check out this article on the Architects Journal Blog

CAT hosted the BBC Wales election debate in the WISE building April

Candidates running for office in the May 5th Assembly election took questions from the audience, including members of CAT staff. Photos of the event are here.