MK’s first Community Energy Conference
MK’s first Community Energy Conference took place on 25 February 2017 at The Chrysalis Theatre. The event, organised by MK Community Energy Alliance and supported by the MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy, was a great success, attracting over 100 attendees throughout the day.
The event’s programme was packed with presentations and interactive sessions exploring the past, present and future for community energy and sustainability in Milton Keynes. The day was supported by many great speakers, passionate attendees and volunteers, and performances by students from Summerfield School and residents of Camphill!
The conference opened with a focus on the past, with input from speakers involved in championing sustainable building design through architecture and initiatives such as Homeworld in Bradwell Common and Energy World in Shenley Lodge.
This was followed by an overview of what is happening nationally with community energy, followed by an inspiring speech from Bill Dunster from ZED Factory who talked about how sustainable development is both affordable and achievable within current market constraints.
The final part of the conference focused on the current Milton Keynes based projects, Wolverton Community Energy and CAPE and was followed by a series of workshops, designed to support those attending to take action locally.
The conference ended with a Panel discussion on how Milton Keynes might address some of the challenges around sustainable building design and support community energy initiatives.
MK Community Energy Alliance is an initiative formed in Milton Keynes in 2016 by Community Action: MK, Transition MK, Wolverton Community Energy, Camphill Communities Milton Keynes and MK People’s Assembly.