Resources to help small and voluntary organisations and community groups reduce their carbon footprint.

Energy Management Policies

WinACC's own environmental awareness policy would be a good start for a group that doesn't have an office.

The Carbon Trust has lots of guides, sadly none for the voluntary sector specifically. There are sample policies in the appendix to their useful Energy Management Guide but it costs £9.99.  A voluntary group with its own office may find good ideas in the downloadable guide for local authorities. The Carbon Trust also has good guidance on creating energy awareness among staff.

Useful publications

An Unexamined Truth – Report by the Baring Foundation from their projects with the voluntary sector and climate change. 

Green Up!- A guide for community and voluntary groups who want to build and maintain a positive relationship with their local authority while working on the environment, climate change, and sustainability issues.

Shared Energy Toolkit - The Shared Energy Toolkit is designed to help community organisations get staff, volunteers, trustees and clients talking about climate change. 

Financial support:

Baring Foundation has a special initiative to address climate change.

City Bridge Trust offers free eco-audits to Third Sector organisations to help with carbon reduction: 

Green Grants Machine helps organisations find the funding on offer to help improve their environmental performance: 

Utility Aid sometimes offers charities of all sizes a free energy audit, whereby they will look at your costs and contracts, and advise as how can reduce your energy use and costs. email: amcallister@utility-aid.co.uk telephone: 0800 881 5678