Energy Footprint Tool
A great way of monitoring your carbon footprint is by using the Church of England Parish Returns Energy Footprint Tool which is administered by Joanna Ormston at Bouverie Court. Please contact us if you need help and support to complete your return. The Energy Footprint Tool is free to use, as well as quick and simple to complete. Go give it a go!
Church of England Webinar
The Church of England created an environment webinar series for everyone to use. Each topic has a different specialist who talks through how to approach that area of church life. The topics include things such as: solar panels; lighting options; housekeeping and quick wins; heating options; how to start fundraising. Each month, the webinar list grows, so it is really worth a visit to their site. They are free to sign up to and are completed over Zoom. For any webinars that have already been and gone, there are options to view them on YouTube. For any parishes feeling overwhelmed by where to start, these series of webinars are a good place to start.
Church of England Resources
In addition to the webinar series, the Church of England has their Enviornment and Climate Change page. There is all sorts of useful information on here, as well as a link to sign up to their quarterly updates.
If your church is interested in working towards an award, Eco Curch is a great option. There are different levels of certification which you can achieve, as well as getting ideas to help you progress to the next level of award. Eco Church awards provide a proactive way of becoming a greener church, while also showing your community how seriously you are taking the climate and biodiversity crises.
St Cuthbert's Church, Croxteth Park in Liverpool Diocese, was the 15th church to be awarded gold Eco Church status in England and Wales. Their website is full of hints, tips and ideas as to how you too can achieve this level of award. If you are looking for some fresh inspiration, it is certainly worth a look.
See our Diocese Eco Churches below. Green pins are those churches who have registered and bronze pins are those that have achieved bronze status.
Parish Buying Scheme
The Parish Buying Scheme is beginning to offer Net Zero solutions for your church to choose from. If you wish to get quotations for any work, it is worth having a look here first. They also provide green electricity, with a green gas provider avaliable soon.
Outdoor Church Network
Whether you're exploring Muddy Church for the first time or you've been leading Forest Church for many years, you are welcome to join our Outdoor Church Network.
For further information please, click here.