The policy should be a top-level document that will need to change little. It should be supplemented with a set of plans of action in different policy areas. All actions should be associated with targets, be measurable and time-bound, and be challenging but realistic.
The policy should be endorsed and actively supported by the leadership team, which may include clergy, lay leadership, PCC and churchwardens.
The policy should enable the leadership team to communicate its aims to the congregation, local communities and other interested parties, such as suppliers, grant-making bodies, the DAC and planning officers.
policy of the Church of England. The environmental policy could also refer to the following principles.
The four principles on the environment adopted by the Lambeth Conference in 1998:
The ‘Five Marks of Mission’ agreed by the Anglican Consultative Council of the Anglican Communion:
Issues addressed by an environmental policy should include carbon emissions (and hence energy use in buildings and transport). Each parish and mission community should also adopt the targets for emissions reduction laid down in the Church of England’s seven-year plan link.
Other issues could include (but are not limited to): air pollution, water resources and pollution, procurement and investment, waste management, the built environment, biodiversity, wildlife and endangered species. The policy could also attend to theology and worship, the communication of environmental issues, and the building of partnerships.
In May 2006, Devon Churches Green Action produced "World Without End …? Devon Church Policies for Sustainability" (pdf, 2,116k), which provides background and guidance for churches on the development of policy. It includes suggestions for policy statements in the areas of energy, buildings and land, waste, water, transport, money and trade. Some of the material is slightly out of date, but it remains a useful reference.
Exeter Cathedral Environmental Policy (pdf, 43k)
Old Deanery Environmental Good Practice (pdf, 60k)
The Church and the environment: "Sharing God's Planet" and "Church and Earth 2009 - 2016".
Diocesan environmental policies listed on the Eco-congregation website.
Are there any churches in Devon who have already developed environmental policies? Please let us know.