Cara says farewell from CAT

After an amazing seven months at CAT (The Centre for Alternative Technology), it is sadly time for me to wave goodbye. 

I have been based in the Whole Home at CAT, a house with a contemporary interior, complete with eco-friendly appliances and household products, that explores ways of lessening your home’s impact on the environment. There’s also an organic garden with composting and rainwater harvesting facilities. It has been the ideal place to inspire people to get involved in EcoTeams, which enables you to join with your, family, friends or neighbours and make simple and lasting changes in your home and in your life.

It has been such a pleasure to meet so many wonderful, enthusiastic and conscientious visitors who are keen to find out about all aspects of sustainability. I’ve heard inspiring stories of what people were doing in their community before coming to CAT and then what they’ve gone on to do after their visit to the Whole Home.  For example, the EcoTeam Swanton Novers ran an apple pressing day in their village after meeting me at CAT’s Apple Day in October.  

I’ve also been running my EcoTeam, Mach One and would like to thank all my team members for such fantastic contributions.  We’ve started taking loads of new actions such as growing vegetables and no longer buying bottled water.  We’ll all be going along to Seedling Sunday on 15th May, a community event in Machynlleth, which aims to raise awareness about sustainable food production and food security, with practical demonstrations, workshops and seed swapping. 

Global Action Plan and CAT are very grateful to NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) for funding us through their Big Green Diffusion project

If you’d like to get involved in EcoTeams, get started at or email us.