The Vine Church Centre is a vibrant community hub in central Ilford. As well as being a place of worship, it is home to a number of community projects ranging from play-groups to elders’ lunch clubs; yoga classes to model car racers.
Over the last year we have been looking at our responsibilities as stewards of God’s Earth and ways we can reduce the carbon footprint of the Church and community building through an eco audit
The project we are doing is linked to the City Bridge Trust’s Eco Audits programme to encourage the greening of community buildings in London. http://www.citybridgetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/grant-making/what-we-fund/eco-audits/ . While we are trying to make our own building more energy efficient, other community buildings in Ilford could think about this too.
Our business tips
What we are learning here at Vine is just as useful for businesses as for our community buildings.Our tips are not relating just to saved money (although you can save loads) but to saved carbon and addressing the impact of your building on the environment. By taking part in your own eco audit you will:
- Take Mother Earth into account when working out your balance sheet – it’s a challenge to look closely at your environmental impact but incredibly interesting and also ethically important.
- Save loads of money by doing an eco audit and heavily reducing your energy bills!
- Take the time to get the interest and involvement of your colleagues and users and involve them, as it takes quite a mind-set shift and it is going to take time and team work
- Link up with others around you that are interested in the environment and get them involved
- Join our Eco Tips audit day on Saturday 4 Feb – hands on in the morning, lunch, and eco audit worshop in the afternoon (flyer here) The event will be part of the Climate Coalition’s Show The Love 2017 campaign in which we wish to show what would be lost by climate change.
A bit more about us and the event on Saturday 4th Feb
We want to share with Redbridge community groups, how we can care for the earth and save money by making our community buildings and homes more energy efficient.
The event will be held at Vine URC and will last the whole day. It is being organised by Vine URC, in cooperation with Ilford Transition Town, Vine User groups, the Volunteer Centre, and Redbridge Faith Forum.
You are welcome to come to the whole event or to drop in for a session
Morning Session: 9.30am to 1.00pm (flyer here)
- Energy efficiency DIY volunteer work morning
- We will do some simple practical projects for creating a more energy efficient building. All are welcome. No previous experience needed.
Lunch time session: 1.00pm to 2.00pm
- Come and share a simple lunch with invited guests, including Mike Gatpes MP
- Sing environmental songs
- A tour of the building and the changes we are making
Afternoon session: 2.00- 4.00pm (flyer here)
- Eco tips workshop by Donnachadt McCarthy of 3 Acorns. Lower your energy bills through energy saving tips.
Our final thoughts
If Donnachadh can do it, and Vine Church community building is doing it, then so can you! Donnachadh’s annual energy bill for his Victorian house in Peckham is £12!!! This is an opportunity to care and love for Earth, learn new ways and stop wasting senseless energy and money.
Donnachadh has worked for over 10 years as a professional eco-auditor advising charities and businesses on how to reduce their running costs by going green. He is the author of two books on the subject “Saving the Planet without Costing the Earth” and “Easy Eco-Auditing” and is a widely published eco-journalist. He wrote the Home Ecologist column for the Independent and is a frequent eco-contributor on many national TV and Radio Programmes including Its BBC’s “Not Easy Being Green “and ITVs “How Green is Your Home”. www.3acorns.co.uk
If you would like to come to all or part of the day contact Peter Musgrave on 07943 986988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Peter for this blog. This is the 2nd in a 2017 Sophia Hubs blog series of support from Redbridge community groups to Redbridge community groups. To see more resources to support community groups with business skills, check the Enterprising Redbridge website.