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All 12 Eco Centres, Research, Education, Careers & Volunteering

  • People and Places


    Award-winning volunteer placement organisation people and places works with volunteers to match their skills and experience to local community needs. We offer a service of integrity to thinking people – people who want to share their skills and experience to make a real difference, as well as to know where and how their money is spent. To work effectively for widely varied local projects, we work in full and open partnership with local people who are in and of their communities and truly understand the needs. We are working in 12 countries with dozens of projects. Responsible volunteering cannot and should not replace the traditional holiday – it may be emotionally exhausting and mentally challenging, but can also be a profound and life-enhancing experience when volunteers are well-prepared, well-matched and well-supported.

  • Environmental Change Institute


    ECI is an interdisciplinary unit administered within the Oxford University Centre for the Environment that undertakes research on environmental issues, teaches an MSc in Environmental Change and Management, and fosters university-wide networks and outreach on the environment. Founded 1991 through benefactions, ECI was designed to answer questions about how and why the environment is changing and how can we respond through public policy, private enterprise, and social initiatives. ECI research and teaching is characterised by a focus on global and regional environmental change, through projects that bring together the natural and social sciences, and by an orientation to applied and public policy. The research is grouped around three interlocking themes: Climate, Ecosystems, and Energy.  Many research projects have a goal of influencing and informing public policy and decisions about the environment. The Institute is also promoting research initiatives and fostering collaborations in the fields of food and water. Uniquely in the UK, the ECI is playing a lead role in the Government’s three major climate and energy research initiatives: UK Climate Impacts Programme, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and the UK Energy Research Centre.  ECI’s cross-disciplinary innovation has been acknowledged in it becoming a founding

  • Centre for Alternative Technology


    CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change. CAT’s visitor centre demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability. It covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. A spectacular water-balanced railway delivers visitors to the CAT site, providing the first stop for those interested in discovering sustainable technologies via exciting and interactive hands-on displays. These are continually updated to reflect the changes and needs of a society increasingly aware of the need to adopt sustainable technologies and lifestyles. In the summer months there are guided tours, or individual audio-tours are available. The courses taught at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment are respected across the world, providing a big-picture, integrated approach to sustainability and the knowledge, skills, inspiration and networks to make a real difference in your chosen field. A series of short courses runs alongside the Graduate School. CAT also provides information resources, an online shop, venue hire and group visits for schools. The visitor centre includes a shop, café and accommodation.

  • Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)


    CSEAR’s primary object is to aid the development of social and environmental accounting, and to support and encourage others who wish to practice, teach or research in this area of work – especially less experienced and/or isolated colleagues. The Centre’s main function is to also act as international network and focus for social and environmental accounting research. Currently we have members in 40 countries. Collaborative research is undertaken, supported and encouraged. The journal <i>Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (SEAJ)</i> is published twice a year by Routledge. Annual conferences are held in the UK and Australia/New Zealand; with conferences also organised in Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, China and the USA/Canada on a regular basis.

  • Organic Research Centre (ORC)


    The Organic Research Centre exists to develop and support sustainable land-use, agriculture and food systems, primarily within local economies, which build on organic principles to ensure the health and well-being of soil, plant, animal, man and his environment. The ORCe was established as a “Centre of Excellence” to address the major issues raised by a global economy based on an intensive agricultural system. It is the UK’s leading research, development and advisory institution for organic agriculture, having played a pivotal role in the development of organic research, policy and standards since 1980. The organisation is firm in its belief that realistic solutions to the critically important environmental issues facing us all can be found. The ORC continues to research, develop, provide and demonstrate solutions and to investigate appropriate technologies for processing, distribution and marketing of food. The Centre believes we can develop a genuinely sustainable, equitable and healthy food system based on production methods that husband finite resources and enhance biodiversity. The Centre disseminates information through adviser training and accreditation services, producer training and courses, website, articles and policy papers, scientific papers and publications and the production of a regular journal – the Bulletin. Th

  • The Sumac Centre


    The Sumac Centre is an independent community resource and social centre. It houses a vegan café, social club bar and Veggies Catering Campaign, providing information and resources for local residents, and members of the wider campaigning communinty concerned about human and animal rights, social justice and environmental issues. There is also a community garden, a modest library, internet access and bookshop. We have a regular communal meal called People’s Kitchen on Saturday evenings. We also host the Forest Fields Social Club, a bar which often opens on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-11pm. It is advised to check The Sumac Centre Facebook Group, or the Events Diary, before traveling from afar. The Sumac also provides resources and a meeting space for groups and individuals working to promote social justice, environmental awareness, peace, and animal rights. The space is sometimes used for music events, film showings and sales in order to raise money and awareness.

  • Sheepdrove Organic Farm & Eco Conference Centre


    Sustainable, organic and environmentally sound, Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre combines exceptional surroundings with the most advanced technology and attentive service to make your event a complete success. The conference centre is housed in a beautiful, eco-friendly building set at the heart of a 2,500 acre working organic farm,  surrounded by fields and woodlands, with spectacular views across rolling Berkshire downland. This purpose-built conference environment has state of the art presentation equipment and conference facilities for between nine and 200 delegates. Each room offers a unique space for different styles of meeting – and there are plenty of break out areas. In the vaulted dining room, food cooked from organic produce grown and raised on the farm is served. Visitors can take farm tours and see how an organic system works. Or they can simply wander through grassy meadows, past grazing animals and native woodland, along the reed beds which transform waste water from the conference centre into a clear, clean lake. Poultry, beef, lamb, mutton and pork are reared on the farm and processed to high standards in terms of welfare and meat quality. It is all Soil Association-registered and completely GMO-free. Sheepdrove also has a butchers and shop in London ( selling organic and GMO-free meat reared on the farm. The store also stocks fine organic wine, their own Sheepdrove honey, preserves, organic wholemeal flour, organic eggs, game (when in season), and an eclectic collection of books.

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