Greening the Third Sector
The City Bridge Trust is helping to bring the current global
environmental crisis to the forefront of the charitable sector's
agenda by helping its grantees become more sustainable. The Trust,
which has already invested £25 million to improve London's
environment, now offers eco-audits to London charities prepared to
respond to recommendations and to help spread the word.
An eco-audit offers a review of an organisation's current
position on waste, energy use, water, transport, raw materials and
carbon emissions. The process involves practical help and
professional advice, from an environmental consultant, on ways in
which they can become more environmentally intelligent. The audits
complement the Third Sector
Declaration on Climate Change, and the advice available from
the Carbon Trust or the Energy Saving Trust, with simple practical
suggestions individually tailored to the charity.
"Many charities have taken on bouts of activity on eco issues",
says one eco-auditor Donnachadh McCarthy, "but once the
enthusiastic member of staff has moved on there may be nothing in
place to sustain the momentum. Our intention is not only to make
tailored practical suggestions, but to ensure that environmental
responsibility is embedded into management systems."
Clare Thomas, the Trust's Chief Grants Officer, commented:
"Charities concentrating rightly on their urgent core objectives
are not always in a position to assess whether they are working in
as sustainable way as possible. The eco-audit should address this,
taking the pressure off our grantees and, at the same time,
improving their environmental sustainability and reducing their
In December 2008, CBT’s Eco-Audits project won the National
Energy Efficiency Award, in the Community and Voluntary Action
The City Bridge Trust published a review of the eco-audit
process after completion of the first pilot audits in May 2007.
This appeared as the first edition of our publication,
'The Knowledge - Learning from London'.
For further information on how you can get involved in this
programme and receive your own eco-audit, please see the programme
Greening the Third Sector.