Environmental sustainability


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It is thought that current worldwide carbon emissions must be cut by 80% just to restore the world's balance.

How we participate in meeting this challenge will lead to consequences for our children and grandchildren. All people and organisations must play their part.

Whether it is your day to day building management, or with regard to specific projects or repairs you should always consider if there is a more environmentally sustainable way to go about the work you want to do.

If you are applying for funding, be aware that all funders will take this into account.

Churches Trust for Cumbria: environmental sustainability

National Trust: building design guide

Projects and support

There are a number of projects across the country, helping churches to ‘go green’, and all denominations have general advice about things to consider.

Methodist Church: carbon reduction

Quakers in Britain: sustainability

Shrinking the footprint

Shrinking the footprint is the Church of England’s national campaign to encourage churches to reduce their carbon footprint. Its advice and guidance is equally relevant to all churches, chapels and meeting houses.

The website has lots of information about increasing the energy efficiency of your church, renewable technology and other environmental issues. There are also toolkits and best practice case studies covering issues from heating, to boilers, from lighting to waste and recycling, and transport to renewable technology.

The Church of England has also set up the Parish Buying website which details national negotiated deals on everything from paperclips to photocopiers. It also includes a negotiated deal for 100% renewable energy tariffs. Your denomination may  have done the same thing, it’s always worth asking.

Church of England: shrinking the footprint

Church of England: parish buying energy basket

Operation Noah

Operation Noah is an ecumenical charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. The website has a variety of free resources to use.

Operation Noah: home

Eco congregation

Eco-congregation is a tool to help all churches begin to address environmental issues.

The tool will help you to do a check up on your church, to find out what is already happening and draw up an action plan which can be discussed by your management committee. Once everyone is on board there is a registration fee to go further with the tool, but  once registered you will have access to a huge number of resources to help you achieve your environmental goals, and keep pushing them further.

Eco Church England and Wales: home

Eco-Congregation Scotland: home

Eco-Congregation Ireland: home