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Diocesan House achieves Eco Church Bronze

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The Parish Support Team is celebrating its achievement of gaining its first Eco Church Award: Bronze.

This first step to help with their journey to net zero and to embed creation care into their work, saw the team needing to consider various aspects of the building in terms of energy efficiency, the land in terms of promotion of biodiversity and other aspects of their working practices.

“There is still much room for progress as we continue our journey towards a silver award,” said Tim Sweeting, Diocesan Secretary, “but I’m delighted that we’ve achieved this accolade to spur us on our way.”

Barbara Bryant, Diocesan Environment Officer, said: “I’m so pleased that we’ve managed to attain this Bronze Award for Diocesan House. It’s an essential step to enable us to achieve Eco Diocese Bronze. The Eco Diocese and Eco Church surveys are a vital part of our Routemap to Net Zero by 2030 journey and fit completely within our Vision and Priorities to seek to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

Eco Church is a learning community of churches that provides a framework to support churches to take practical action on caring for God’s earth. The online award survey addresses key areas such as management of the building and land, worship and teaching, community and global engagement and lifestyle. The scheme, run by A Rocha UK is open to all churches and currently there are 167 registered across the Diocese with 61 of them achieving bronze and 16 achieving silver.


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