Enviromental

 

  

The Church of St Paul and St Stephen Gloucester

Environmental Policy

 

We affirm these key elements of our faith:

  • We have been created by God as part of one great, interdependent living system.
  • We recognise a special responsibility to care for the earth and to seek the best possible harmony with other creatures of the earth.
  • We are inspired by the biblical vision of peace which includes the fulfilment of our individual potential, a just social order and a concern for the well-being of creation.
  • We are empowered by Christ, who through his death and resurrection, reconciled all things to himself, so making peace.

Aim

  • We aim to practically and spiritually care for our immediate and wider environment.

Objectives

As a church community:

  • We will take environmental concerns fully into account in everything we do.
  • We will seek appropriate information and keep abreast of current thinking.
  • We will undertake an ‘environmental audit’ of our premises and property and devise appropriate plans to care for them every three years.
  • We will consider the environmental impact of our policies and plans, and accept that additional costs may be incurred by minimising that impact.
  • We will review the Environmental Policy annually.
  • We will pay attention to environmental concerns in our banking.
  • We will encourage environmentally friendly forms of transport and keep journeys to meeting venues short wherever possible and fossil fuel emissions as low as we can.
  • We will make an energy audit at least every three years.
  • We will look for economies in our energy use.
  • We will seek ways to reduce consumption and the impact of our activities on the environment wherever possible.
  • We will encourage the use of locally sourced flowers, hedgerow or garden greenery when decorating the church.
  • We will seek to purchase food and drink that meets the LOAF principles, avoid over catering and use seasonal foods.
  • We will avoid using water unnecessarily, check for leakages regularly, fit water-minimising systems to taps and cisterns, and collect rainwater, wherever possible.