System Shift | Low Carbon Devon Event Series
The Low Carbon Devon System Shift event series was a range of innovative, imaginative and solutions-focused events, exploring how we can rise to the climate challenge.
Many of the past events are now available as recordings on the Sustainable Earth Institute You Tube Channel. 
As the project closes mid-2023, we don't have any further event planned. However stay in touch on LinkedIn or Instagram for upcoming news of related activity. 

Inspire ambition

These events aimed to explore what a zero carbon future might look like, the bold and systemic change required and how we can imagine a world where people and planet flourish.

Take action

These practical workshops were solutions-focused and practical, focusing on implementing change, covering themes such as carbon footprinting, life cycle assessment, B Corp and the SDGs.

Low Carbon Devon past events

  • Mission Possible: Art and Enterprise for a Zero Carbon World
    17 November 2020
    The climate emergency needs action now! Join author and Greenpeace UK Director Ed Gillespie, Plymouth Energy Community, Art and Energy and the Low Carbon Devon project as they discuss whether art can be a catalyst for climate action. The effects of climate change will be felt for many generations to come. So how can the next generation support the creation of a zero carbon future and how can we support the next generation to develop into socially conscious entrepreneurs?
  • Low Carbon Devon: A Catalyst for your Enterprise 
    10 December 2020
    Online workshop for Devon based SMEs wanting to engage with the Low Carbon Devon project, hear from Emily Reed, Devon County Council, as she outlines the Devon Carbon Plan. Followed by the Low Carbon Devon team discussing how enterprises can host low carbon internships and work with our Industrial Research Fellows within the areas of Creative Industries, Green Walls, Power Electronics and Energy Efficient Building Management and Occupant Behaviour.
  • Inspire Ambition: Climate Action - The Time is Now
    22 April 2021
    The first in a series of Low Carbon Devon expert panel led discussions aiming to inspire action, addressing the worldwide context of Climate Emergency, what this means for Devon and how you can take action today. Hosted by Chris Woodfield, Knowledge Exchange Officer and featuring Andy Middleton, Chief Exploration Officer, TYF Adventure; Partner, NOW Partners; Phil Hawthorne, Head of Design, Red Paddle Co; Natalie Whitehead and Alice Mills, co-founders of the Exeter Science Centre.
  • Sustainable Earth 2021 Conference
    24/25 June 2021
    Sustainable Earth 2021: Climate Emergency – the race to net zero carbon was a two day online forum across 24 and 25 June, which brought together researchers, businesses, NGOs, the public sector, student, community groups and individuals to tackle global and local challenges around the climate emergency.
  • Take Action: Creative Practices that Tread Lightly on the Earth: Workshop to Develop a Sustainable, Low Carbon Studio
    7 July 2021
    Do you want to learn how to create a sustainable studio? Do you want to learn how to measure your carbon footprint, specifically tailored to creative practitioners? As part of the Green Maker Initiative launched by Low Carbon Devon and Devon Guild of Craftsmen, enjoy our free online workshop to learn from national experts; Caro Overy, Creative Carbon Scotland, Lauren England, University of Dundee, Julian Leedham, designer-maker, fabricator and hosted by Polly Macpherson, Associate Professor of Design at the University of Plymouth.
  • Inspire Ambition: Purposeful Business
    15 July 2021
    What does purposeful business look like? How can we put purpose before profit for the good of planet and people? With the rise in interest and gaining momentum of purposeful business, this Low Carbon Devon event explores what this means and showcases some local examples challenging “business-as-usual” and doing things differently with positive environmental and social change at their core. Join guest speakers and panellists to explore how purposeful business can catalyse action on climate change and enable a shift towards a zero carbon future.
  • Inspire Ambition: B Corp: Using Business as a Force for Good
    16 September 2021
    How can we use business as a force for good to tackle the climate challenge? Climate change, ecological and biodiversity breakdown, racial injustices, social and gender inequalities; we are facing uncertain times, but there is hope and a growing movement of local and global businesses leading the way – Certified B Corporations, or B Corps. Our guest speakers and panellists explore what the B Corp movement is, how you can become a certified B Corp, what this involves and how you can support progressive businesses taking positive action.
  • Take Action: Devon Net Zero Innovation Fund Information Event
    22 September 2021
    Are you an academic already working with a business to develop a new low carbon technology or service? Or a business looking to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Green Industrial Revolution and a low carbon future, to grow and diversify? Hear from the Low Carbon Devon team, Mark Howard, Project Manager, Regen and Dave Marshall, Innovation Funding Manager, University of Plymouth, at this online information event to find out how your business can access funding of up to £7,500 through the Devon Net Zero Innovation Fund.
  • Creative Commission Workshop
    28 September 2021 
    Are you a creative in Devon? Find out more about creative commissions opportunities to engage Plymouth communities in the city's nature. Led by Green Minds, Mobility Hubs, the University of Plymouth and Low Carbon Devon project, and supported by Plymouth Culture, the Creative Commissions programme will produce a series of eight creative works. Each commission will have a separate brief, but will be produced and exhibited as part of an overarching series.
  • Net Zero Visions Workshop
    22 January 2022
    Did you know that all residents of Devon are invited to submit their carbon net-zero visions of their town, village or locale? ‘Net-Zero Visions for the Devon Climate Emergency’ will bring together communities with creative professionals and net-zero transition experts to produce ‘Visions’ of six Devon locations as carbon net-zero in 2050. These Visions could be realised in different media, for example animation, illustration, interactive games or public murals.
  • Regen Art Lab Exhibition
    Thursday 24 February to Tuesday 24 March 2022
    We are pleased to announce the launch of the Regen Art Lab’s first artist in residence, Karenza Sparks' exhibition ‘Heat Creatures: Warming our Homes, not our Planet’. We know that to tackle the climate emergency we must change the way we heat our homes. But it is easy to feel lost in the many technology options and overwhelmed in the scale of the challenge. With the support of energy experts at Regen, emerging artist, Karenza Sparks has transformed the different heating technologies into 11 approachable, personified ‘heat creatures’. These are presented as a pack of trading cards and figurines, an engaging and playful approach to help navigate how to decarbonise our homes.
  • Exhibition: a Mini Flax Farm in the City
    6–16 October 2022
    A field of flax has been grown in Plymouth, tended by volunteers and turned into linen cloth. Each step of the process will be illustrated in an exhibition showcasing the low tech methods and documentary photographs of the land and people.
  • System Shift Take Action: Carbon Footprinting
    20 October 2022
    How can your enterprise take meaningful action on climate change? Join this interactive and informative workshop series which will walk you through the process of calculating your carbon emissions. Open to Devon based enterprises.
  • Low Carbon Devon Showcase - practical stories and action towards net zero
    11 November 2022
    A business focused conference showcasing some of the great net zero work happening within the county. Devon enterprises share their practical stories about how they’ve lowered their carbon emissions and inspirational speakers working within the climate action community share their knowledge.