Reading Town Meal

(Not associated with Reading Climate Action Network)

Celebrating local growers of Reading from the comfort of your home

If you love food, enjoy spending time with family and want to learn about how you can eat more sustainably, then you will definitely want to join us for this year’s Reading annual celebration of locally grown and healthy food on Saturday 3rd October. We can enjoy the day together (albeit from our own households) with recipe cardsonline workshopsquizzes and much, much more.

We are pleased to announce that RG2 radio will be broadcasting the event live from Reading College for everyone to tune into at 12pm-2:30pm Saturday 3rd October. Don’t forget to sign up, if you haven’t already, to receive our Town Meal recipe card and activity packs delivered to your doorstep.

Our online workshops will feature topics including: How to tackle food waste; Eating Meat: Is less and better the way forward?; and climate change.

How can I get involved?

What’s happening at Forbury Gardens?

Visit our stall in Forbury where any surplus fruit and vegetables will be available for collection (until it runs out!) on the following dates:

  • Saturday 26th September 11am-4pm
  • Sunday 27th September 11am-4pm
  • Friday 2nd October 11am-4pm
  • Saturday 3 rd October 11am-4pm

As part of our live broadcast on Saturday the 3rd , RG2 radio are seeking local growers, food fanatics, participating households and local residents to get involved. Please let us know if you would like to appear on the broadcast to promote your community organisation, share your food related stories or any Town Meal recipes you have made!


UN Sustainable Development Goals: A global ethical action plan

(Event hosted by Ethical Reading)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by every country on the planet in 2015, provide a vision for “the future we want”. This is a future where people live in peace and prosperity on a healthy planet. The SDGs define an extraordinary agenda, nothing less than a transformation of society as we know it. To achieve the Goals will require contributions from all stakeholders – not just governments. Business, civil society, and ordinary citizens all have contributions to make.

In this webinar we will look more closely at how the Goals came into being and what they include. Why business and individuals should care about the Goals and how they can make a contribution.

Joining the Webinar

We will be using ZOOM for the webinar. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Please scroll to the bottom of the email to the ‘Additional Information’ section to see instructions for joining the webinar

About the speaker: Steve Kenzie

Steve is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network UK; a position he has held since 2007. The Global Compact is the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. It calls upon participants to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The UK Network coordinates UN Global Compact activity for 200+ UK-based member organisations. Steve attended the University of British Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce. He also completed Imperial College’s MSc in Environmental Technology programme, completing the Business and the Environment specialisation with distinction


Ethical property: what are the issues for Reading?

This event is hosted by Ethical Reading and “…will explore what the ethical property issues are for Reading and the surrounding Thames Valley areas.”

Chris Beales will be the guest speaker – I’ll be talking about the work we’ve undertaken in the RCCP and Reading Climate Action Network.

For more details, and to register for free, please see:


The Journey to Sustainability – Reading Fringe Festival

Reading Fringe Digital and the Reading Climate Change Partnership are proud to present this talk around corporate sustainability by Scott Lindsay. Author of the book, R1 Future: a beginner’s guide to starting a sustainability program, Scott will discuss the principle definitions of corporate sustainability, including the ‘how’s, the ‘why’s and the benefits for all.

Scott is the Corporate Sustainability Team Leader for CSA group and North American standards development manager for the environment and climate change sector. His work includes: developing metadata criteria for Canadian weather stations, a Canadian sustainable finance taxonomy and CarbonStar which will provide a carbon (and GHG) intensity rating for products such as concrete, steel and glass.

The event will be hosted by Tracey Rawling Church of Reading Climate Change Partnership.

This event will be live captioned.

Free to attend – please register at

Attend here:


Thames Valley Climate Risk Forum

Is your business worried about climate change? Do you need to know what the risks are for your business, your customers and your supply chain? You might not be aware that the Thames Valley is a major international centre for climate and atmospheric science and that the University of Reading is home to a world-leading Department of Meteorology.

Reading University is hosting the Thames Valley Climate Risk Forum to bridge the gap between climate scientists and the business community and to developing meaningful ways in which we can work together to mitigate climate risk.

Full details on Eventbrite:


2040 Movie at Reading Film Theatre

2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream.

This is part of the regular programme at Reading Film Theatre at Reading University. The screening is at 8pm and guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early.

Date: 18 February 2020

Tickets: £8 per person. You can book here directly.

Venue: Reading Film Theatre, Palmer Building G10.

Travel: The number 21 bus from Reading Station and Town centre stops on campus. There is free parking on campus after 5.30pm. For sat navs use  RG6 6UR. Use car park 2, 3 or 4.

The map at this link shows all of the above in section C4


Sunday Assembly – Food

(Not associated with Reading Climate Action Network)

This month Sunday Assembly is thinking about the environmental consequences of our food choices. With the help of Anthony Simpson, a local sustainability expert, they will be examining the emissions, water and land usage and wastage in our diets.

They’re hoping to have some free low emission tasters for you to try.

Also, they’ll be having their annual Bring & Buy Sale for charity this month. Full details will be in a separate event.

And more songs, games and cakes.



Building Business Resilience to Floods and Droughts in Reading

An opportunity to explore the current and future business risks of drought and flooding as they affect Reading and the Thames Valley and how to build resilience into your business. Suitable for businesses of all sectors and sizes, based in and around Reading. Free, but registration essential.

Led by a panel of experts, you will be able to consider what the climate predictions mean for business, how can businesses adapt to them and communicate about them and also address specific experiences and vulnerabilities.

We are very grateful to Mott Macdonald for hosting this event.

Workshop aims:

  • To promote thinking about floods and droughts (size, frequency, business impacts, vulnerabilities) in the same frame in a climate change context.
  • To provide opportunities for businesses to share their own experiences of drought/flood impacts.
  • To collectively evaluate the implications for business adaptation in the South East including Reading.
  • To explore the different evidence to support decisions – science and learning from experience.

Focus and structure: Questions to be addressed in short presentations followed by group discussion, action planning and scenario-ing.

  • What the climate predictions say? What are the implications for risk of flooding and drought in the SE UK?
  • What is the business experience of flooding and drought in Reading and the SE UK?
  • How can businesses adapt to the flood-drought continuum in Reading, SE UK and more generally?
  • How can we communicate effectively about water risk, adaptation and wider water behaviours: communication by businesses and to businesses?
  • What risks do businesses envisage in 10 years’ time?

The workshop will also signpost resources from the NERC1 Drought and Water Scarcity programme; EPSRC2 SESAME project (finding ways of promoting SME adaptation to flood risk) and other business resilience projects.


  • Professor Lindsey McEwen, Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience
  • Dr Jamie Hannaford, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford
  • Chris Beales, Chair of Reading Climate Change Partnership; hydrologist Environmental Agency
  • Professor Len Shaffrey, University of Reading
  • Dr Chris Shaw, Climate Outreach

Book here:


1 NERC – UK Natural Environment Research Council
2 EPSRC – UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council


Building Futures – Family Science Fayre

(Not associated with Reading Climate Action Network)


Join University College of Estate Management (UCEM) for some fantastic hands-on activities and experiments. Find out what makes an eco-friendly building.

They will be investigating green energy by making solar whirlies, and testing how much energy we waste with the help of some infra-red photography.


All ages, families

*School Competition*

UCEM are also inviting children in KS2 to enter a competition planning the green Reading town of the future. Find out more about getting your school involved on their website:


Hosted with the University College of Estate Management


Reading Green Market

(Not associated with Reading Climate Action Network)

Welcome to the springtime Reading Green Market!

Reading Green Market is back on Sunday 15th March with an exciting line up of local traders selling a wide range of eco-friendly products.

Join us indoors at The Market House for this family event that promotes accessible and affordable environmentally-friendly foods and lifestyle items.

Perfectly timed a week before Mother’s Day, you’ll find everything you need for both special days and the everyday!

Details here: