Innovation Lab Manager

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys
£38,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.cat.org.uk vacancy@cat.org.uk 01654 705955 Ziggy Edwards

Reference: ILM221119

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Wednesday, 20th November 2019  


The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an educational charity demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability covering all aspects of green living: environmental building; renewable energy; woodland management; energy efficiency; and organic growing. It has a unique visitor centre that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year and a Graduate School offering postgraduate degrees in sustainability and adaptation, environmental architecture, sustainable food and natural resources, and renewable energy. The organisation also runs short courses and educational visits, offers venue hire, and undertakes research in ways to reduce Britain’s environmental footprint via the flagship Zero Carbon Britain project.

CAT is launching a new Zero Carbon Britain Hub and Innovation Lab with support from the Moondance Foundation. This is a three year project aiming to improve the capacity of councils and communities to turn climate emergency declarations into action and create systemic change in order to increase resilience to climate change. This will be achieved by offering a programme of support aimed at increasing the competence, confidence and effectiveness of policymakers, communities and organisations in developing zero carbon policies and action plans.

This support will include: using the Zero Carbon Britain model to provide people with the knowledge to create Zero Carbon Action Plans; delivering Zero Carbon Britain training using a ‘train the trainer’ model to increase the skills and capacity of communities to take action on climate change; supplying the tools to enable people to turn climate emergency declarations into action; setting up a digital resource hub and online network to provide peer support and increase confidence of individuals and communities to take action on climate change. In conjunction with the Zero Carbon Britain Hub, an Innovation Lab will identify key issues, priorities and tasks; develop ideas that impact on these areas; and create routes into larger scale impact or systems change.

The postholder will manage the Zero Carbon Britain Innovation Lab, to improve the capacity of councils and communities to turn climate emergency declarations into action, identifying key issues, priorities and tasks, developing ideas that impact on these areas and creating routes into larger scale impact or systems change, in order to increase resilience to climate change.


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