Eco-audits

Aims of the Eco-audit initiative

Environmental responsibility remains one of City Bridge Trust’s six core values. Many of us are aware of society’s dependence on vulnerable natural systems, and on dwindling global resources. However, not everyone is aware of how to make organisational changes which minimise unwanted environmental damage, while also reducing their costs.

What is an Eco-audit?

An Eco-audit is a process where one of our approved Eco-audit consultants assesses your current environmental performance, noting the good practices you already have in place and devising a detailed plan to improve your environmental performance. Our Eco-audit programme aims to help civil society organisations to:

  • make specific and measurable reductions in carbon and waste, while reducing costs
  • adopt good environmental practices which can, in turn, influence and benefit the communities they work with
  • embed and spread good environmental practice throughout their organisation and the wider sector.

What will we fund?

The Trust will cover the costs of an Eco-audit provided by our approved consultants. While the time frame and precise detail of the Eco-audit will vary according to the size and nature of an organisation, an Eco-audit is likely to include:

  • visiting your premises, and discussions with chief executive, staff and trustees
  • review of your energy and water use, waste, travel patterns and purchasing practices
  • review of policies and how decisions are made
  • awareness-raising, training and/or eco-tip workshop for staff and/or volunteers

You will receive a detailed report and action plan, covering your environmental performance and a list of recommendations on how to improve it. You will then receive a follow-up visit after a year. This is to help staff and management maintain positive momentum and to answer any queries that may have arisen during the first year of implementation. You will be provided with a final report on the changes and savings achieved.

You do not need to be in receipt of a City Bridge Trust grant to request a free Eco-audit.

Who will we fund?

Eligible organisations must be registered in the UK, serving beneficiaries based in the Greater London area, and be structured as one of the following:

  • Registered charity
  • Registered Community Interest Company
  • Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Exempt or excepted charity
  • Registered charitable industrial and provident society or charitable

You should either own your building outright, or hold a lease with at least two years to run.

What do we ask you to do?

We ask you to participate fully in the process, and to involve all your staff and trustees as suggested. We ask you to consider how environmental behaviours relate to your core objectives, and how you will embed these into policy and practice. Lastly, we ask you how you will help to spread any useful messages or changes among your stakeholders.

Organisations applying for, or in receipt of, a Bridging Divides grant are encouraged to consider requesting a free Eco-audit. However, it is not a requirement for applicants or grant recipients to have an Eco-audit.

The process

Step one: please complete our online request form (this will open in a new window).

If we approve your request, we will contact you to discuss the appointment of a suitable consultant and agree a brief for the work.

If you have any questions about our Eco-audits initiative, please email citybridgetrust@cityoflondon.gov.uk or telephone 020 7332 3710.