LCON – The story so far

LCON was formed in 2011 and became a charity and a company limited by guarantee that year.  It was led by the founder chair, Sam Clarke. The timeline below describes our key milestones.

In 2011 we ran a major outreach project funded by a government Local Energy Action Fund grant, when we identified street champions, had stalls in Summertown, held a big open meeting and knocked on doors across our area to build engagement. In 2013 we launched ONCORE (Oxford North Community Renewable Energy) and installed solar power systems on two local schools.

LCON holds Annual General Meetings – records of these are here.

Oncore board members explain how the investment scheme worksOncore launch in 2012

2010    First board meeting took place in February
  Became a Community Action Group
  First of monthly e-newsletters
  Election hustings with other Oxford environmental groups
2011    LEAF funded Community Outreach with street champions and meeting
  Became a company
  Registered as a charity
  Open homes – to share retrofitting energy efficiency experiences
  Launched ONCORE in May
  ONCORE: Solar panels installed at Cherwell School
  Award for best community project
2012 First of five Carbon Conversations courses
  First of four Low Carbon Living Programme courses
  Loan library created
  Joint venture with Energy Saving Coop on home energy efficiency
2013    Recruitment of paid coordinator, Lucy Dickinson
  ONCORE: Solar panels installed at Cherwell and St Barnabas schools
  Launch of e-car club car in Diamond Place
2014           Thermal imaging programme launched
  First print newsletter to all households in our area
  Oxon EEK launched – a website giving advice on energy efficiency
  Two meetings with architects and builders
2015    Food directory – first edition
  Energy clinics trialled
  Election hustings with other Oxford environmental groups
  Summertown St Margarets Neighbourhood plan environment group
2016           Food Directory – second edition
  Food campaign launched in partnership with Good Food Oxford
  Food campaign, research, social media and website launch
2017           Food campaign – Midsummer Supper at the Vaults
  Sam Clarke steps down as chair after 7 years
  ONCORE assets transferred to Low Carbon Hub
  ONCORE2 (LCON:O2) set up as a subcommittee of LCON
  LCON new strategy published
2018 O2 started work on air pollution in Oxford with other groups

Big Clean Switch Oxford (green switching campaign) launched

  LCON launched work on cutting single use plastic waste.
Cooperation with FairPlay Network to highlight Climate Justice issues