Thursday, 2 February 2012

Year of the Environment Survey

The Diocese of York celebrated 2011 as the Year of the Environment. We're trying to find out how people and churches engaged with this initiative - please could you spare a few minutes to answer these questions? 

Eleanor Course

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Photovoltaic panels at St Edward's Dringhouses, York

St Edward the Confessor Church in Dringhouses, York, has fitted photovoltaic panels to the roof of their Scout Hut.

"With the experience of photovoltaic panels on our roof at home, with the enthusiasm of Martin (the vicar) I presented the idea to the PCC early last year.  I emphasised the significant reduction in the churches carbon footprint by installing solar and the probable financial benefits to the church after the initial outlay. The PCC agreed to put some money into the pot and the church membership was invited to offer donations. Solartwin, our preferred installer of the three quotations, advised that the Scout Hall roof had the best aspect as it faced south and had minimal overshadowing.

"The Scout committee interviewed me about the concept and were agreeable.  We obtained diocesan approval and planning permission.The generation meter reading is already steadily increasing! This will be of benefit to the church,the Scouts and the local community groups who use the facilities of the church."

If you're interesting in finding out more about fitting photovoltaic panels to your church or church buildings, there's information here.  

Eleanor Course

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Year of the Environment Legacy

In 2011, we were focussing on the Environment, and we ended the year with a legacy for the future. 

Through December and January we're planting 400 trees on diocesan glebe land.  These trees will increase the biodiversity of our land holdings and offset some of the carbon emissions that we generate as a church.  

Highlights of the Year of the Environment have included the bird box sent to every church and church school, the Lent Course, the Big Environment Celebration in York Minster in May, and the art exhibition which toured churches throughout the Diocese.   Also in the diocese there have been a number of local events organised within deaneries.

We hope that the initiatives and projects from this year will have inspired and equipped you to make changes in your lives and in the life of your church, to care for our world, God's creation.   Thank you to all who have taken part.

Graham Andrews, Archbishop’s Advisor for the Environment