The Diocese of Gloucester is committed to caring for the environment and supporting the work of local and national environmental organisations.
Responding to climate change:
Shrinking the Footprint - The national church has a carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050 and an interim target of 42% by 2020 (in line with government commitments). Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national campaign to help the dioceses and local churches reach these targets.
Diocesan green energy scheme - Gloucester Diocese has teamed up with Ecotricity to create a scheme through which both churches and individuals can sign up to switch to green energy. Please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer for more details.
Energy Saving Benchmarking - “Energy Saving Benchmarking” is a detailed survey of the local church through which the church can identify its energy efficiency, rather than just its energy usage. The scheme does this by factoring in the annual footfall of the building, the different types of usage, the overall floor area, plus other factors. If you are interested in having a survey of your church then please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer
sMeasure - sMeasure is a simple online tool designed to help you calculate the carbon footprint of your church.
All churches and schools in the Diocese of Gloucester are able to access the online energy audit for free on the national Shrinking the Footprint website
Four good reasons to measure church energy
The following materials will help you conduct your s measure energy audit:
User guide full guide to setting up and using sMeasure and monitoring energy
Data analysis guide – understand the results of energy monitoring and how energy usage can be reduced
Postcards for churches and schools – to promote energy monitoring and get more church buildings involved (available from the Diocesan Environment Officer)
Posters – for communicating energy monitoring in church buildings (available from the Diocesan Environment Officer)
Greening your church
For Creed and Creation
Gloucestershire Churches Environmental Justice Network
The network meets about every two months and also functions by e-mail and postal circulation.
The network seeks to encourage reflection and action on environmental issues (especially in relation to a just and fair world) among Gloucestershire Christians, to support and encourage local Christians who are concerned about the environment and to provide an information exchange and to facilitate co-ordination of initiatives.
Membership is open to any Christian within the area of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire - and interested members of other faiths are welcomed. If you would like information on future meetings and join the email network then please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer
You can also visit Gloucestershire Churches Environmental Justice Network Facebook page. Go to www.facebook.com log in to your account and search Gloucestershire Churches Environmental Justice Network.
Transition Towns is an international campaign which encourages a positive response to the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change by promoting resilient, low carbon communities. For more information on Transition Town initiatives in Gloucestershire and how churches can get involved please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer .
Operation Noah Lecture 2/3/13 (Speakers: Tim Gorringe, Michael Northcott)
A Rocha: for Christian conservation-orientated resources http://en.arocha.org/home/
John Ray Initiative: for Christian theological and scientific resources http://www.jri.org.uk/
Christian Ecology Link: http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/
Operation Noah: an educational and campaigning tool from Christian Ecology Link http://www.operationnoah.org/
Living Generously: an e-community of people who covenant to live more responsibly and ethically http://generous.org.uk/ Severn-Wye Energy Agency: the local government-sponsored agency supporting households http://www.swea.co.uk/
Vision 21 for Gloucestershire: Gloucestershire's Agenda 21 initiative. Vision 21 aims to involve all organisations working with sustainability in Gloucestershire so enabling a cohesive, co-operative effort, which furthers our shared goals http://www.vision21.org.uk/
Simon Topping - Diocese of Gloucester Environment Officer
Tel: 01452 712476 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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