The Charities Facilities Management Group is running an survey for members to assess recycling and waste management policies and costs. We will discuss the survey results at a Charities FM Group meeting later in the year.
A Government task force has launched an online survey asking for advice on how to look after church buildings and how to keep them part of local communities.
Gloucester Cathedral is installing solar panels as part of plan to make ancient building fit for the future.
Gloucester Cathedral plans to install up to 200 solar panels on on its roof. The panels will generate 25,000 kilowatts of energy - and will enable the Cathedral to reduce its energy bills by a quarter.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help charities build their resilience. The programme will offer grants of £3,000 and £250,000.
The application guidelines suggest several areas which could be of interest to charity facilities managers and others responsible for strategy for charity property.
HLF says the grants could be used for:
Geraint Davies MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to make provision for the safeguarding of standards of environmental protection derived from European Union legislation after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced plans to turn public buildings, schools, factories, and community buildings into "solar hubs".
The Minister was launching the Governments new strategy document on solar energy. This includes a range of proposals which could make it easier for charities to install solar pv on their buildings.
Almost half of London's 33 London councils have recorded a fall in the proportion of household waste they recycled in 2012-13 compared with year before.
Annual waste statistics from the Department for Environment (DEFRA) also revealed that more than 40% of London's waste was incinerated. This is a rise of 17 percentage points over the past two years.
The National Union of Students’ (NUS) has decided to rent, not buy, the light bulbs for its new offices at Macadam House in London.
Rather than buying the bulbs and then paying for the electricity, the NUS renting the whole package from technology giant Philips. The NUS will pay a flat rate for the energy they use and Philips will take care of the bulbs.