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St John’s church is committed to becoming a greener, more sustainable church.

The St John's Eco Team will consider the range of topics within the Environmental Plan, with two primary objectives:

 

   Becoming a Carbon-neutral Church

 

   Becoming an ECO Church

 

These two primary Objectives will be achieved by considering 5 main Target Areas:

 

MAIN TARGET AREAS:

 

* Cutting energy and Carbon Footprint.
 

* Cutting Water and Waste – Reduce – Recycle – Reuse.
 

* Caring for Wildlife and Ecology in the church grounds.
 

* Promoting Local, Organic, Animal-friendly, Fairtrade foods.
 

* Reaching out to community – Promoting and raising awareness.

CUTTING ENERGY AND OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
 

o Calculate Carbon Footprint and set realistic and achievable target/plan for improving.

o Carry out energy audit of:

o Collect advice on best/most efficient options/improvements.

o Check energy contract and other ‘green’ options.

o Consider low-carbon travel, and consider bike rack to encourage cycling.

 

CUTTING WATER AND WASTE:             ( REDUCE – RE-USE - RECYCLE )
 

o Water – Consider measures to restrict excessive use.

  - Check pipes for lagging and any leaks.

o Waste – Consider schemes/ways of avoiding landfill.

  - Consider church use of disposable cups and plates, especially at

  events with larger numbers of people.

  - Consider ways of increasing: ‘Reduce - Recycle - Reuse’

o Recycling – Consider systems and equipment to increase regular recycling

  - Collate a list of all local recycling opportunities.

                              - Consider becoming a ‘hub’ of local recycling for community.

                              - Consider regular-use items eg printer paper, toilet paper, tissue
                                paper etc and recycled paper options available.

 

CARING FOR WILDLIFE AND ECOLOGY IN THE CHURCH GROUNDS

 

o To plan and create wildflower and bee-friendly natural flower areas.

o Carry out wildlife survey of grounds for appropriate wildlife to include and encourage.

o Include signage and information to inform visitors/local community.

o Consider benefits of using/installing a water butt.

 

PROMOTING ‘LOCAL, ORGANIC, ANIMAL-FRIENDLY, FAIRTRADE’ FOODS

 

o Compile and make available a list of sellers of local organic, animal-friendly and fair-trade produce and items.

o Consider times at church when food is most used and match LOAF to each. (including eg Communion bread, Pancake party, Harvest weekend events, other church events).

o Consider ways of promoting local, fair-trade, organic etc options and sources more widely.

 

REACHING OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY – PROMOTING AND RAISING AWARENESS

 

o Use Kingston Park Life magazine to promote recycling and other ECO measures, concerns and information.

o Signage around the wildlife and biodiversity areas to inform and educate visitors and local community residents.

o Plan and put on talks and events about environmental issues and concerns to help inform and educate local community residents.