tracey-smith-bwTracey West is a specialist writer and broadcaster on sustainable living, creator of InterNational Week and author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her book and work promoting simple, green living at grassroots.

She writes for the green and national press and magazine market on green issues and pens a section for The Environment Agency magazine, Your Environment; see below for some of her broadcast and printed media.

She also teaches bread and sausage making courses at The Magdalen Project in Somerset and is a Trustee for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.

She’s an uplifting and entertaining speaker, always encouraging her audience to embrace simple, green living with many everyday lifestyle-change ideas.

Click here if you'd like Tracey to get involved in your event
Click here if you’d like Tracey to get involved in your event

Where appropriate, she’s happy to give practical demonstrations on various things including flatbread making, a simple exercise that turns flour and water into delicious food within 10 minutes.

All the workshops and some of the talks involve audience participation and bring a laughter-filled, sparkling touch to any event.

Tracey has considerable radio broadcasting experience and broadcasts her own weekly show.As well as speaking to large and small groups, she has also judged competitions, opened events, reviewed eco-books for their back cover, chaired speaking events and is a regular panellist and eco-pundit on BBC radio. She’s also a strong advocate of the Eco-schools awards, gives talks at schools on simple, green living and can tackle environmental topics all the way up to Corporate Social Responsibility for grown-up listeners too.

Her talks include: –

  • How To Give a Positive Embrace to Living With Less
  • Low Carbon Cooking: practical solutions that save energy and money
  • Green Up Your Office, Inspire Your Workforce, Improve Your Bottom Line
  • Downshifting: what it is and isn’t and how to slow down and green up
  • The Book of Rubbish Ideas: practical solutions to reducing daily rubbish, including readings
  • Simple, Green Family Activities: how and why we need to do things for free with our children
  • Volunteering for Us and the Community: there’s more to life than earning money
  • Successful Social Media: get your message out there with a blog and a passion
  • There’s a Book in Us All: how to pen yours and take it to market

Her practical workshops: all include demonstration and involvement with discussion and advice on sustainable living: –

  • The Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads: a delicious way to embrace the seasonal food and leftovers
  • How to Grow Upside Down Tomatoes: a simple cultivating project that shows ‘rubbish as a resource’ and demonstrates recycling, water conservation and healthy, organic eating – no garden required
  • Bagging for the Future: the problem with plastic and how to make a sturdy cloth bag using free fabric
  • Crafting with Rubbish: save a fortune with sustainable cards, wrapping, tags and gifts that don’t cost the earth
  • There’s a Book in Us All: how to pen yours and take it to market

New to 2009

Teleclasses on the above are now available via the Internet; access to a webcam, computer/display screen and speakers required.

For booking details and Tracey’s availability for all events green, please email tracey at downshiftingweek dot com.

More about the author in her own words.

Selection of Broadcast and Published Media (in no particular order)

Channel M Television, The Wright Stuff, It Pays to Watch, Channel 5 News, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, ITV National News, Radio Europe, BBC Radio throughout UK including Jersey, Coventry/Warwickshire, Solent, Essex, Kent, Cumbria, Humberside, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire,  Yorkshire, Leeds, Shropshire and on BBC Somerset fortnightlyish, BBC Radio 4 You and Yours, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live,  BBC 6 The Nemone Show, Passion for the Planet Radio, The Ecologist, She, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, The Guardian, The Times, Home Farmer, House Beautiful, The Green Parent, The New Consumer, Bridge for Design, Sustained Magazine, Venue, The Word, The Spark, West Country Life, Yoga and Health Magazine, The Environment Times, Healthy and Organic Living, Cook Vegetarian, Psychologies Magazine, Easy Living, Woman and Home, The Co-Op Magazine, The Sunday Post, The Glasgow Herald, The Journal, Optima, Eco Home and Garden