Links to climate change
As part of its exit strategy
- Continue to improve on its carbon
reduction activities and will carry encouraging the sector to apply
for the City Bridge Trust Eco audits (see Eco Audit page)
- Produce a regular informal ebulletin with
information and tips on carbon reduction activities and informing
its network members of relevant up and coming events, training and
resources. This ebulletin will be calld "LVSC sustainable network
- Incorporate the health impacts from
fuel poverty and air quality in its health policy work where
feasible and continue to seek joint action to tackling health,
energy fuel poverty and climate change
- Continue to build on the work with
the Greater London Authority Environment team and London Assembly
Environment commitee where appropriate
- Continue to support the Energy Bill
For more information contact
Sandra van der Feen:email@example.com
Climate Change Leaders was an initiative
which started in 2011 to actively engage the mainstream VCS
in carbon reduction activities by working with infrastructure
organisations to help them to become leaders and advocates on
The work aimed to support the link between
expert green organisations and the mainstream voluntary &
community sector (VCS)
London's VCS becomes fully aware about
climate change and its impact on London and the most vulnerable in
the capital and is enabled and empowered to make low carbon choices
and adopt low carbon behaviour.
London's VCS infrastructure organisations
become skilled leaders that fully support mainstream organisations
on climate change issues and ultimately support London's transition
to a low carbon city.
The project has led to an informal
network off approx 300 organisations. Members received monthly e
bulletins which serves as a source of news and resources as well as
providing members with an opportunity to exchange and share
information and resources. LVSC will continue to provide periodic e
bulletins (see above).
The project was supported by a steering
group that met quarterly. The section below contains information
about each member, including some of the support and resources they
LSx aims to accelerate the transition
to a sustainable London by connecting and motivating people. They
work in partnership with business, government and the voluntary and
community sector to: reduce London's environmental footprint;
improve the lives of London's disadvantaged communities; improve
the health of Londoners; and improve the knowledge and skills of
communities to achieve these goals.
LSx provides a range of toolkits including those for voluntary
and community sector (VCS) groups. They include LSx's 'who is who' in London by category,
detailing those involved in sustainability work in the
In 2006, LSx produced a
Green Guide in partnership with LVSC. This comprises
information on recycling in the office, energy savings and sample
environmental policies for the sector.
LSx also runs a Fit & Fun to drink
Fit and Fun to Drink is a pilot
campaign aimed at promoting tap instead of bottled water to East
London's Muslim community. Delivered by LSx in partnership with
Thames Water, the project works with the Muslim Women's Collective,
MADE in Europe and the East London Mosque to encourage behaviour
change through a peer-to-peer social marketing campaign.
Resource: Charity Green
LSx has produced a resource designed to help organisations go
green and inspire the people and communities they work with to do
the same. It aims to be useful to both to those just starting out
on the sustainability path as well to organisations that have
already made great progress. The guide comprises sections
- Why should we do it?
- How have others done it? (case study
videos from organisations including Merton Council for Voluntary
- How can I do it
- Is there any help?
LCRN works to solve London's resource
challenges sustainably, through community-based waste prevention,
reuse and recycling. LCRN enables and capacity builds
organisations through infrastructure development. It also
conducts environmental audits.
To see the latest on LCRN, please read
their e- news
Global Action Plan is a
national environmental behaviour change organisation. They
offer a blend of creative and environmental expertise to help
people actively cut carbon emissions.
Global Action plan has up-to-date
news including games to tackle and
conserve water consumption.
Global Action Plan run events. Their Climate for Change
workshops are designed specifically to help small and medium sized
businesses improve their environmental performance.
EPF offers independent, ethical
advice and training to help charities and voluntary and community
sector groups rent, buy, let or manage their
EPF also work with landlords and
developers to help reduce the social and environmental impact of commercial
EPF have a number of case studies, e.g. on poor practice
challenged and changing council policy.
Project (formerly Capacity Global) provides a unique link between
community action and policy development that supports individual,
community and neighbourhood rights to a clean and healthy
Look at the Living Space Project for
their range of projects.
equality of opportunity with respect to ethnic communities in the
preservation, protection and development of the environment. It
works to integrate social, cultural and environmental concerns in
the context of sustainable development. BEN's current work in
England is predominantly through the BEN Rainbow Project.
BEN provides a range of resources. These include the new
Green Guide directory.
works to support and inspire the voluntary and community sector in
Merton CVS took part in the City Bridge
Trust project: Greening the Sector
and they went though the Eco Audit
process. The CVS is encouraging other organisations and councils
for voluntary services (CVSs) to mainstream climate change in their
have the Carbon Smart Award and have done work with the
Chamber of Commerce Greening Business Initiative (focusing on VCS
The Selby Trust was set up by local
people who recognised the need for a multi-purpose centre led by
the community and third sector organisations. Selby Centre, brings
together a rich mix of individuals and organisations, primarily
from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), refugee and other
historically excluded communities in Tottenham, Haringey, North
London and beyond.
The Centre's very high energy bills
made it focus more on climate change and they now have green hub
officers on site to create cultural change. The Centre has a
Community Environmental Development
department raising awareness and involvement on energy
efficiency campaigns. It includes Wood Works, a social enterprise
based at the Selby Centre that recycles wood for social
The Centre also has a green commitment, which includes several
steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Community Energy Lab is an innovative pilot
project based at the Selby Centre in North London. Its aim is to
use waste materials from the centre and turn them into viable
insulating materials, which will then be used to retrofit the
Chris chairs the UK Low Carbon Communities
Network. His current work is focused on building engagement on
climate change both within and between sectors. Chris is
co-Director of Community
Environment Associates and provides a lot of training in
this field, notably with the social enterprise Talk Action.
GLE Consulting is a leading provider
of services, products and investment in business accommodation,
finance for business, enterprise development and consultancy
It has been awarded the management and
delivery of the recognised environmental certification, Green Mark.
They also offer free support to European Social Fund - financed
organisations, to undertake a Green Mark Certification as part of a
new Technical Assistance project, commissioned by the Greater
Energise Barnet CIC is a social enterprise
engaging community organisations in order to deliver demand for
energy saving measures / renewables and reducing fuel poverty. It
works in partnership with the Council and the NHS and is developing
a referral network of schools, faith groups, resident associations,
sport clubs, health professionals, businesses and tradespeople.
Nationally, supporters of it's aims include Business in the
Community, Diocese of London, Federation of Master Builders, the
Greater London Authority, National Insulation Association,
Micropower Council and the Prince's Mayday Network. The Founder is
a member of the Community Energy Contact Group, established by
the Energy Minister.
CBT is the grant-making arm of Bridge
House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to
Bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £15m per
year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater
Through their programme, Greening the Third Sector, CBT helps to
bring the current global environmental crisis to the forefront of
the charitable sector's agenda by helping its grantees become more
sustainable. Their free eco-audits (see also LVSC page in the
column) offer a review of organisations' current
position on waste, energy use, water, transport, raw materials and
carbon emissions. The audits complement the Third Sector
Declaration on Climate Change.
For more information about this
project contact Sandra van der Feen: Tel: 020 7832 5812
(Mon-Thu) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mon -
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