Sustainable Resource Use - Using Less and Saving More!
A key driver in investing
time, energy - and sometimes money - in making your organisation
more 'green' (e.g. energy efficient, waste-conscious and
resource-light) is that it delivers bottom-line cost savings that
can be used to fund your key services or mission. However, these
actions will also play a part in helping tackle some of our most
pressing global challenges, safeguarding access to resources and
quality of life for future generations.
One of the best ways to demonstrate commitment to 'greening' your
organisation is through having an agreed Environmental Policy that
is understood and respected by all your staff, visitors and
volunteers. The policy can be as simple or detailed as needed for
the size of your group but it can help share understanding about
your group's beliefs and values and also ensure that any actions
that you choose to take are carried out consistently within your
organisation. There is guidance on developing an
Environmental Policy here.
'Greening' your organisation does not need to stop at energy and
water consumption - remember to take a look at how you can act on
climate change and
make space for nature
Energy and Water Efficiency
Simple Ways to Save Energy
water saving tips and an overview of some simple changes you can
make to save water and reduce leaks at home, at work and in the
also developed the Smarter Journeys to Work Toolkit which is
designed to encourage organisations to take a fresh look at the way
their staff travel to work and to help with designing and
implementing a Travel Plan.
Dragon is an environmental standard awarded to
organisations taking action to understand, monitor and control
their impacts on the environment. It is broken down into five
"Levels" - companies can apply for whichever level they feel is
most relevant for them. This allows them to gain a recognised and
certified EMS which is appropriate for their size and activities.
The Green Dragon
Standard is owned and operated by Groundwork