If you are are thinking about how to reduce the environmental impacts of your place of worship you might be interested to hear about a new resource called Eco Church that has been developed by A Rocha UK together with Tearfund and Christian Aid, with the support of the Church of England and the Methodist Church.
Eco Church had been two years in the making, replacing Eco-congregation, the award scheme for churches which has been running for 15 years. During that time, more than 300 Eco-Congregation Awards have been made to churches from all denominations.
Eco Church offers a unique, free of charge, online survey for churches to gauge their contribution to environmental care. The survey covers buildings and land, worship and teaching, the lifestyles of the congregation, and their concern for the local and global environment. Online resources are offered to address the issues raised by the survey. Points gained by the church’s approach to environmental issues add up to bronze, silver and gold awards. The first award of an Eco Church, a bronze award, was presented to St Paul’s Cathedral at the launch event in January.
There are other good resources for congregations online too:
Responding to Climate Change (Historic England) - https://www.historicengland.org.uk/advice/caring-for-heritage/places-of-worship/places-of-worship-at-risk/climate-change/
Energy Efficiency for Places of Worship (Historic England) - https://www.historicengland.org.uk/advice/caring-for-heritage/places-of-worship/making-changes-to-your-place-of-worship/energy-efficiency/
Shrinking the Footprint - http://www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint
And of course there is our own HLF guidance on Reducing Environmental Impacts - https://www.hlf.org.uk/reducing-environmental-impacts
If you know about other good resources we'd be pleased to hear about them too. Please share your ideas!