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Environmental Policy


At the Oakwood Church AGM in April 2018

it was agreed that work should proceed to develop an Environmental Policy for Oakwood Church







Our Environmental Champions



Environmental Policy

Contact

Al Fraser - Environmental Steward

Tel

0113 240 9116

Email

al_fraser@btinternet.com






  www.leeds.anglican.org/environment


Operation Noah


An article written by John Anderson and recently published in the Methodist Recorder was distributed as a flyer with The Broadcast for February 2019


You can download the article here


Hydrogen in a low-carbon economy


A major Report and illustrative Poster were published by the Committee on Climate Change in November 2018 Summary

Environmental Policy

for Oakwood Church

Agreed March 2019


We affirm these elements of our faith:





Aim


As a local church, we aim to take the practical steps necessary to realise the Fifth Mark of Mission, which is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth”.


Objective


As a church community, we will take environmental concerns into account in our mission, worship, study, education, training, pastoral, administrative and other projects and programmes.


Actions


1. We will appoint a person as our Environmental Officer/Champion to lead our programme and encourage him or her to bring relevant environmental issues and concerns forward to the PCC on a regular basis.


2. We will include our concern for sustainability in our worship and teaching.


3. We will undertake an environmental and energy audit of the church premises and property, identify the most significant issues and impacts which should be addressed and make and implement plans and programmes to tackle them, recognising that some additional costs may be incurred to minimise environmental impacts. (See partial lists below).


4. We will work with REAP [ Roundhay Environmental Action Group  https://www.reap-leeds.org.uk/ ] and others in our local community to identify environmental issues which should be addressed in our area and help develop actions to tackle them.


5. As the church’s energy use is arguably its greatest environmental issue, we will seek to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the electricity and gas used in church premises by where possible:



6. We will encourage our staff and congregation wherever possible to use forms of transport to work, meetings etc. which have minimum or reduced environmental impact – e.g. walk, cycle, public transport, car sharing electric/ hydrogen vehicles.


7. We will seek ways to reduce material consumption and the impact of our activities on the environment by, wherever possible:



8. We will avoid using water unnecessarily, install water meters where appropriate, check for leakages, fit water minimising systems to taps and cisterns wherever practicable.


9. We will assess our land and property for wildlife and manage them to conserve bio diversity.


10. We will encourage individual members of our congregations to take actions in their personal lives to complement and supplement these actions of the church community.


11. We will participate in the Eco Church programme.


12. We will communicate this policy to our congregation, church groups and all users of the church and seek their cooperation to follow these guidelines.


This policy and programme will be reviewed every three years in light of developments. Next review date Spring 2022.


Resources

 

Eco Church, A Rocha https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/


Diocese of Leeds Environment webpages www.leeds.anglican.org/environment


The Methodist Church position on Climate Change https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/climate-change/hope-in-gods-future/


Shrinking the Footprint, Church Care www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint/about-shrinking-the-footprint


Churches Together in Britain and Ireland environment webpage https://ctbi.org.uk/environment-links#ecochurch


Pray and Fast for the Climate www.prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk/


Green Christian www.greenchristian.org.uk/


Climate Stewards www.climatestewards.org/


Operation Noah http://operationnoah.org/


Caring for God’s Acre, churchyard care www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/


Area

Task

 Champions

Energy

Reducing and offsetting carbon footprint


Use of Green Energy



Buildings

More LED light bulbs


Insulation


David Donaldson

Materials

Plastic reduction in use of disposables and plastic bags - aim to be plastic free!


Recycled toilet paper


Environmentally friendly cleaning products



Paper

Reduced use of printed documents



Recycling

Further promotion of recycling and reduced waste for landfill or incineration.



Land use and wildlife in the Church grounds

Greater diversity of plants, support for wildlife.



Local environmental groups

Engagement and participation


Toilet Twinning

To help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives



Engage users to adopt our Environmental Policy

To promote our policy to visitors, as well as regular and one off group bookings.



Milestones on our journey:


In THE BROADCAST May 2018 Al Fraser wrote:


“The Oakwood Church Annual General Meeting in April 2018 agreed to proceed with the development of an Environmental Policy for Oakwood Church.


With Leeds Diocesan support and direction, as a local church, we will aim to take the practical steps necessary to realise the Fifth Mark of Mission, which is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth”.

 

As a church community, we will take environmental concerns into account in our mission, worship, study, education, training, pastoral, administrative and other projects and programmes.


An Environmental Policy will aim to address the issues of air and water pollution, waste management, ecosystem management, bio diversity protection, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species, and the preservation of these natural resources for future generations.


Our first step will be to complete an Environmental audit and work towards accreditation of the national and prestigious Eco Church scheme.


We will keep you informed of progress. Look out for more information and how you can support the Environmental Policy. If you have any questions, please let me know.”


Al Fraser

Environmental Policy Representative

Oakwood Church


Environmental Policy for Oakwood Church [PDF]


May 2018 - Environment Matters


Steps towards an Environmental Policy

for Oakwood Church


To address the issues of







Environmental Policy Recommendations


1. Include our concern for sustainability in our worship and teaching


2. Undertake an environmental and energy audit of the church premises and property, recognising that some additional costs may be incurred to minimise environmental impacts


3. Work with others in our local community to identify environmental issues which should be addressed in our area and help develop actions to tackle them


4. As the church’s energy use is arguably its greatest environmental issue, seek to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the electricity and gas used in church premises


5. Encourage our Church members wherever possible to use forms of transport to work, meetings, etc. which have minimum or reduced environmental impact e.g. walk, cycle, use public transport, car share


6. Seek ways to reduce material consumption and the impact of our activities on the environment by, wherever possible


7. Avoid using water unnecessarily, install water meters where appropriate, check for leakages, fit water minimising systems to taps and cisterns wherever practicable


8. Assess our land and property for wildlife and manage them to conserve bio diversity


9. Encourage individual members of our congregations to take actions in their personal lives to complement and supplement these actions of the church community


10. Participate in the ‘Eco Church’ programme


Eco Church is Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth


It offers a free online survey and supporting resources designed to equip a church to express care for God’s world in worship and teaching; in how to look after your buildings and land; in how to engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation


The actions taken will count towards a prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level


The vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully




Please help us to become more recycling savvy

at Oakwood Church


WE ALL NEED TO MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE RECYCLED IS PUT INTO THE GREEN RECYCLING BINS AND ONLY PUT WHAT IS NOT RECYCLABLE INTO THE BLACK BINS



PLEASE USE THE GREEN BINS FOR


card / paper / newspapers / magazines / clean foil  bubble wrap / washed food cans / plastic bottles  trigger sprays [empty and rinsed] / bread bags

clean, clear, fruit, meat and vegetable trays

carrier bags / toilet roll and kitchen wrappers

stationery /cardboard packaging / aerosols


Please remove packaging tape from cardboard boxes and flatten them to save bin space


Completely empty aerosol tins of furniture polish and air fresheners then remove their plastic caps         










The Leeds Incinerator at Cross Green


THE BLACK [INCINERATE] BINS ARE FOR


margarine tubs / yoghurt pots / black plastics

Cartons [Tetra Paks] / crisp packets

film lids from fruit and vegetable trays

food waste / wet waste / nappies

polystyrene / general refuse


Q.I. [Quite Interesting]

Did you know that it takes only seven days for your recycled newspaper to become newspaper once again? In no time at all you could be reading recycled news on your recycled paper...

News March 2019 - Environmental Policy [PDF]

In THE BROADCAST May 2019 Al Fraser wrote:


Oakwood Church Environmental Policy


I am delighted to report that both the Resources Team and Church Council agreed and pledged support to an Environmental Policy for Oakwood Church, presented on 25 February.  The Policy was also endorsed at the Oakwood Church Annual Meeting on the 26th March. The Environmental Policy is now available to read in full on our website and on our notice board in Church.


Our Environmental Policy means as a church community, we will take environmental concerns into account in our mission, worship, study, education, training, pastoral, administrative and all other activities impacting on our environmental footprint and climate change.  As Christians in our local church, we aim to take the practical steps necessary to realise the Fifth Mark of Mission, which is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth”.  We will give our support to address the issues of air and water pollution, waste management, ecosystem management, bio diversity protection, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species, and the preservation of these natural resources for future generations.



In practical terms it will mean we will take the following actions:


1. Bring relevant environmental issues and concerns forward to Church meetings on a regular basis.


2. We will include our concern for environmental sustainability in our worship and teaching.


3. We will undertake an environmental and energy audit of the church premises and property, identify the most significant issues and impacts which should be addressed and make and implement plans and programmes to tackle them.


4. We will work with REAP (Roundhay Environmental Action Project www.reap-leeds.org.uk ) and others in our local community to identify environmental issues which should be addressed in our area and help develop actions to tackle them.


5. As the church’s energy use is arguably its greatest environmental issue, we will seek to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the electricity and gas used in church premises by where possible:


6. We will encourage wherever possible to use forms of transport to work, meetings etc. which have minimum or reduced environmental impact – eg walk, cycle, public transport and car sharing.


7. We will seek ways to reduce material consumption and the impact of our activities on the environment by, wherever possible:


8. We will avoid using water unnecessarily, install water meters where appropriate, check for leakages, fit water minimising systems to taps and cisterns wherever practicable.


9. We will assess our land and property to promote wildlife and plant bio diversity. We have installed a hedgehog nesting box (with a successful resident smile), and are planning additional bird nesting boxes and aim to review what additional plants we can grow, particularly fruit bushes.


10. We will encourage individual members of our congregations to take actions in their personal lives to complement and supplement these actions of the church community. We have a regular Eco tips page in the Broadcast most months. (Reproduced on this web page)


11. We will participate in the Rocha Eco Church programme, you can find out more details here www.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk


12. We will communicate this policy to our congregation, church groups and all users of the church and seek their cooperation to follow these guidelines.


13. This policy and programme will be reviewed every year to assess progress.



Environmental Champions are needed!


To support and deliver the Environmental Policy and to participate and be awarded a Rocha Eco Church award we need everyone to work together and to allocate a number of Environmental Champions (volunteers) to support the large areas of different work.


 The Environmental Champions could be one individual, a number of individuals or an existing group e.g.

House Groups, Messy Church, Uniformed Groups, SYNC, Walking Group, Junior Church, etc.


They could be of any age and experience provided they have passion and enthusiasm for making a difference in this area.

 

Note: The Areas where Environmental Champions are needed are listed at the top of this web page


Please let me know if you would like to sign up to be an environmental champion, as an individual, a number of individuals (the more the better) or an existing Church group or sign up on the sheet on the Environmental Noticeboard at Church.  I can obtain support with further information and resources to help each group.


Many thanks


 Al Fraser, Environmental Steward






PLEASE SEE THE NOTICEBOARD

ABOVE THE BOOKSHELVES

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND UPDATES