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This is the first issue of StF e-news especially for members of clergy.  We hope you find it of interest and that you can forward it colleagues.  We are happy to add new readers to the distribution list at any time. 

Shrinking the Footprint national on-line energy audit

After a successful pilot project in 6 dioceses our online energy audit is now available to all Church of England buildings for free. The practice of energy monitoring, through regular meter readings, will enable an understanding of energy use and energy efficiency of buildings which is an essential step in reducing energy consumption.
Promotional materials and materials to support users have been produced by Kate Symonds the project manager who is available to support and promote energy saving behaviour change.
A parallel scheme developed by the Diocese of London and Rickaby Thompson Associates, called Energy-Saving Benchmarking, allows churches to be accurately benchmarked taking into account energy usage and occupancy levels. The two audit schemes will be combined to create a single more useful audit tool in 2013 for the Church of England. There will be a big awareness drive for the energy audit in the New Year.
Contact: Kate Symonds, Project Manager, Shrinking the Footprint energy audit
T: 020 7898 1484 E: kate.symonds@churchofengland.org

Shrinking the Footprint App – is ready to be tested at Chelmsford Cathedral. Feedback will help fine tune the App prior to its launch early in the New Year. The App is free to download and will allow users to record their environmental impact including energy use and travel. It also features a ‘thought for the day’ and environmental tips.
We are looking for volunteers – especially clergy - to test the App prior to launch. Download on iPhone or Android
Contact: kate.symonds@churchofengland.org

Church Investments -The Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group is undertaking a review of the group’s recommended climate change policy drawn up in 2008. The EIAG is active within UK Sustainable Investment and Finance, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and the Carbon Disclosure Project.
See the
letter from the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change calling for more decisive action by Governments on Climate Change.

With rising energy prices and lots of new technology on the market our heating guidance is being revised -keep an eye on our heating pages



Photo: St Michael and All Angels Church, Withington - the UK's first zero carbon church

News from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN)

There were a number of positive outcomes as a result of the ACEN representation at the recent Anglican Consultative Council held in Auckland New Zealand at the end of October.

The first resolution of the Council focused on the environment and the work of ACEN including calls to celebrate, support, and encourage ongoing and new ministries in sustainable food/agriculture, freshwater conservation, and renewable energy, giving them high priority; to consider the inclusion of a season of Creation in the liturgical calendar and to commend for study Sabbath Reflections.

Finally, and at the ‘ground level’ of the communion, the resolution names ‘parish-based initiatives which help to link environmental issues and faith, and promote practical approaches to safeguarding the integrity of creation and sustaining and renewing the earth’.

Nurture in His Name

The first two films of a series aimed at helping clergy and congregations to understand practical steps that they can take - and the theological reasons why they should - to be good environmental managers of their buildings and land are now available www.youtube.com/user/NurtureInHisName

Nurture in His Name is the title suggested by the Archbishop of Canterbury who, with the Archbishop of Westminster, introduces the series and both appear in the first two films which look at solar power and biodiversity. Further subjects will be introduced shortly including encouraging children and young people, creating a wildlife areas, environmental training for clergy and case studies.

The John Ray Initiative has produced Faith, environmental values and understanding: a case study involving Church of England ordinands by Elizabeth Rushton and Dr. Martin Hodson.

It is social-scientific research based on a questionnaire with responses from ordinands at six colleges, and also from CRES students. It suggests that environmental theological education in the colleges surveyed needs to improve if the Church is to have a leadership role in reversing the human-induced causes of the environmental crisis.

The Church of England and its partner churches have agreed to work towards the launch of a common suite of higher education awards for ministerial education in September 2014. Shrinking the Footprint will be actively involved in the development process and is involved in workshop development in the New Year.

Eco Clergy News is produced by the Shrinking the Footprint Campaign - a joint initiative of Cathedral and Church Buildings Division and Mission and Public Affairs based in Church House, Westminster.

Shrinking the Footprint Team:
Ruth Knight, Kate Symonds, Rachel Harden and David Shreeve

Every Diocese should have a Diocesan Environment Officer – do you know yours? Find out on ChurchCare

Shrinking the Footprint has been included in a list produced recently by The Evangelical Alliance of the 10 great things about the Church of England.

"The Church of England is committed to ‘Shrinking the Footprint’. They are running a series of campaigns to reduce the Church’s carbon footprint by 80 per cent by 2050, and by 42 per cent in 2020."

New Reading
Sharing Eden
 – sets out how to show respect for the environment is at the heart of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

Church support for community energy is a vital tool in combatting fuel poverty – Secretary of State Ed Davey speaking at the launch of the Community Energy Coalition manifesto in Church House, Westminster. Over 100 church buildings are now generating their own energy. Find out more

Nurture in His Name Videos

Do you know of an environmental project, however big or small, that would make a good case study? If so we would love to hear about it so we can share and celebrate the great work going on across the country to Shrink the Footprint of the Church of England!

News, information and suggestions for future issues of the StF eNews are welcome

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