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TOPIC: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener?

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 7 months, 1 week ago #16

Andrew thought you had an interesting post on savings that can be made by reducing server storage. Do you have a further explanation/breakdown of those savings and how they can be made?

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 7 months, 1 week ago #17

Certainly Bridget. Below you will see the figures relating to my earlier post on reducing server storage. A great example of how you can save money whilst becoming greener.


Email Inbox Deletions
SITE Number Deleted Cost Savings
Aberdare JC Plus 7 £168.00
Aberystwyth JC Plus 2 £48.00
Ammanford JC Plus 3 £72.00
Bridgend JC Plus 4 £96.00
Cardigan JC Plus 0 0
Carmarthen JC Plus 7 £168.00
Gorseinon JC Plus 1 £24.00
Haverfordwest JC Plus 4 £96.00
Llanelli BDC 7 £168.00
Llanelli JC Plus 5 £120.00
Llantrisant JC Plus 4 £96.00
Maesteg JC Plus 2 £48.00
Milford Haven JC Plus 2 £48.00
Morriston JC Plus - 0 0
Mountain Ash 3 £72.00
Neath JC Plus 6 £144.00
Pembroke Dock JC Plus 3 £72.00
Pontypridd JC Plus 1 £24.00
Port Talbot JC Plus 1 £24.00
Porth JC Plus 4 £96.00
Porthcawl JC Plus 1 £24.00
Pyle JC Plus 3 £72.00
Swansea JC Plus 13 £312.00
Tonypandy JC Plus 0 0
Treorchy JC Plus 0 0
Total 83 £1,992.00

For more information on how we achieved this see my earlier post

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 7 months, 1 week ago #18

I think that savings can be made by educating people about changes they can easily make. By turning of lights when not in use, making sure taps are turned off, so saving water, recycling as much as possible to avoid landfill and swapping surplus equipment to save the cost of replacement.

People in the workplace will be more aware of the cost of electricity and gas in the home. So they should be encouraged to treat the workplace in the same way, as it is not just cutting costs but saving valuable energy resources and so reducing their carbon footprint.

If everyone made a small change it would make an impact on the carbon reduction targets. It would be better if everyone made a significant change and that is what we should aim for.

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 7 months ago #19

As the lead body for film in the UK the BFI embraces best practice and takes seriously its responsibility to co-ordinate a UK-wide sustainability strategy for all parts of the film sector in the UK. This includes adopting BS 8909, the new British Standard for sustainability that was announced in 2011, and actively encourage other film organisations to do the same. A coordinated approach to sustainability using BS 8909 will help us all meet UK carbon budgets and will lead to greater efficiencies and long-term cost savings so that budgets can be used to better support the film industry. For further information visit www.greeningfilm.com/

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 7 months ago #20

The British Film Institute commissioned an organisation to carry out a BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) Industrial, 2008 assessment of the design and construction of their Master Film Store. For further information and a full copy of the report detailing the amount of carbon we have been able to save please visit: www.govtoday.co.uk/?option=com_gtresourc...ser=31229&passw= and selecting Energy (Case Study) British Film Institute - National Archive Master, Film Store

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 7 months ago #21

Here at the Churches Conservation Trust we have recently commissioned a series of structural surveys at a number of Trust churches to explore how we could reduce existing carbon footprints and improve energy efficiency. Churches that are costly to run (in terms of utility expenditure) and those involved in community-led regeneration have been included in the assessment. These reports are extremely important and indicate the opportunities and limitations for structural adaptation and will be used to inform future sustainable design options for those churches involved in the regeneration process. This is one example of how we support national and international measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 7 months ago #22

At BAFTA, we recognise the importance of our environmenal responsibilites. We are involved in a range of projects aiming to reduce the carbon footprints of the industries we support as well as the footprint of our own facilities. Have a look around and see what we're up to :
www.bafta.org/about/sustainability/

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 6 months, 3 weeks ago #23

We've recently registered several of our churches onto sMeasure - a new energy auditing system developed by the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. This is part of a one year trial provided by the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division at The Church of England. sMeasure is a database system which requires meter readings to be entered into the system on a weekly basis. This information will enable us to monitor the energy performance and identify patterns of energy use at these sites. CCT churches involved in the pilot include: All Souls Bolton; Holy Trinity Sunderland; St Marys Shrewsbury; and St Nicholas' Chapel King's Lynn. We are also including two other churches in the pilot which are not vested with us: All Saints Benington and St Mary's Brighton

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 6 months, 2 weeks ago #24

As the Project Manager, Shrinking the Footprint audit for the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England’s national environment campaign. We provide support at a national level to our 16,000 parish churches, 42 cathedrals, 5,200 schools and around 13,000 clergy homes through a network of Dioceses Environment Officers (DEOs) as well as directly to individual parishes in the form of advice, guidance and case studies on our website. Guidance covers issues such as installing renewable technologies and new heating systems to biodiversity and recycling.

The campaign also works with Government departments and others within the heritage building sector such as National Trust and English Heritage to ensure that places of worship are included in a policy context nationally and to share best practice on both mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate.

There is a huge amount of great environmental work quietly taking place across the Church of England. Of 16,000, 12,500 C of E churches are listed and yet over 100 buildings including one cathedral now have solar panels (of which at least 17 grade I listed) and increasingly other renewable technologies including Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps and biomass boilers are being taken up. The Church of England receives no government funding so everything has to be either raised by donation or supported by grant aid, this has resulted in some innovative financing methods such as crowd funding and community share programmes which have been particularly successful for supporting renewable projects.

Each year the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division (of which StF is part) hold popular events to share best practice and offer advice on topical issues, last year covered heating and this year will address lighting. This is of particular relevance as we work with the CofE procurement team to offer discounts on LED lightbulbs in addition to the renewable energy affinity deals which are already available to parishes. Many churches including St Martin’s in the Fields already have LED floodlights but we are keen to increase take up.

We are actively engaged with debates on retrofitting heritage buildings and are continuously looking for solutions to many of the challenges that we are faced with to ensure that the church takes part in the national drive to reduce our emissions and conserve the planets resources for future generations.

There are a number of zero carbon churches around the country, including St Michael and All Angel’s Church in Gloucester Diocese and St Anthony’s church in Canterbury Diocese, setting a great example of what can be done in heritage buildings.

The church is often the last public building in a community and as such many are now open throughout the week for extended use. With post offices, health facilities, shops, libraries, children’s care and lunch clubs all taking place in addition to services the need for increased energy efficiency and comfort for users is essential for long term sustainability.

All this work is starting us on the path to our commitment of an 80% reduction in carbon footprint by 2050 but we need to measure to manage our use which is why for the last year we have run a pilot energy audit of over 400 churches and schools.

This included the provision and promotion of a free online tool to enable buildings to monitor energy use and identify where savings can be made. This has allowed many churches to gain a greater understanding of their energy use by visualising it. In addition this data is being used at a national level to enable Shrinking the Footprint to calculate the carbon footprint of energy use. We have plans to extend and continue our energy monitoring to further improve the support we provide including training, bespoke action plans, benchmarking and a more interactive online resource in the coming year.

We are happy to share this experience with you and are open to hearing of projects and ideas we may benefit from.

Re: What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener? 4 months, 3 weeks ago #25

This is an important question that has been raised and it is without doubt that money can be saved whilst becoming greener, but there is a bigger picture that we must also consider as being sustainable in your work ethic and practice whilst saving money should not be limited to green policies. The Clink Restaurants are a great example of this.

The Clink Restaurants at HMP High Down, Sutton, Surrey and HMP Cardiff, are prisoner training restaurants which have implemented a proactive approach to supporting sustainability and corporate social responsibility since opening in May 2009. The aim of The Clink Charity is to reduce reoffending rates of ex-offenders by providing training and the opportunity to gain food preparation, front of house and cleaning qualifications, as well as experience within an exciting, operational business, before placing graduates, upon their release, into employment within the hospitality industry. The charity represents a genuine opportunity for change, whilst tackling the issue of reoffending in the UK which continues to be a challenge. The results so far demonstrate a significant drop in reoffending rates in Clink graduates after one full year of release, to 12.5%, compared to the national average of 47% during 2011. The national average reoffending rate of those who leave prison without employment secured and reoffend within two years is 75%.

The Clink Charity plans to have 10 restaurants in operation across Her Majesty’s prison estate by 2017, with one of these restaurants set to open this year. This growth plan means that over 500 prisoners a year will have the opportunity to receive the training and gain qualifications prior to their release, extending the training initiative which will continue to reduce re-offending rates of ex-offenders in the UK and therefore reduces taxpayer costs.

Whilst continuing to develop the training initiative, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on increasing The Clink restaurants self-sufficiency, in turn again saving money whilst becoming greener. The Clink at HMP High Down relies on an on-site Bromley Gardens to provide the majority of its vegetables, herbs and salads and The Clink Cymru relies on the prisoners training on the farm at HMP Prescoed to grow and provide their fresh vegetables, herbs, salad and fruit as well as fresh meat and eggs. The prisoners have also built 16 bee hives that have been placed in the prison grounds to produce organic honey at HMP High Down. 10 prison employees have been trained as bee keepers and there are plans to train some ex-offenders as well.

Recycling is another area that demonstrates The Clink Restaurant’s support for sustainable ethics in the workplace. Composting 50 tonnes of food waste a year and converting up to 2,500 litres of used fryer oil into bio-diesel to run the prison vehicles, has dramatically decreased The Clink at HMP High Down’s carbon footprint. In a bid to reduce the volume of non-food waste produced, the restaurant has joined forces with the prisons recycling department to ensure all cardboard is bailed on-site before being sold directly to the mills. They also recycle all their cans and plastic bottles which are sold by the tonne.

Furthermore, The Clink was awarded the Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility Award in the Footprint awards 2012 and The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down became a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) in 2010, adding value to the restaurants credentials in terms of sustainability, ensuring it is up to date with the changing needs and desires of the market. The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down has been awarded a three star award - the highest rating possible whilst The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff is now in the process of being audited for an SRA award, having been open for almost a year.

It is without doubt that sustainable practice is high on the agenda for The Clink and in the last 12 months they have refurbished the prisons six poly tunnels, purchased a 22 metre glass house that is heated by a bio diesel heating system so that the growing season could be extended and provide a suitable training centre. HMP High Down also has a wind turbine that produces 900kw hours a year which is enough to power one of the ovens in The Clink Restaurant kitchen – another great money saver as well as the obvious benefits this brings to the environment.
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