God of creation, who loves all he has made and all that has evolved,Rt Revd Nicholas Baines
open the eyes of your people,
that your love might be reflected in our care for the planet.
Through Jesus Christ, who walked this earth and calls us by name.
Bishop of Leeds
Our energy footprint
Each year we calculate our energy usage, and share the results of our report.
Reforesting and carbon offsetting
As well as working towards reducing our impact, we’re looking at ways we can actively offset any impact we do cause. Our Technical Team have already begun offsetting the carbon footprint of any new equipment we buy, and planting trees to help offset emissions in the future.
So far we have planted 26 trees and offset 0.5 tonnes of carbon.
All the electricity we use in our church and Community Centre comes from renewable sources, meaning we’re not burning fossil fuels to keep the lights on.
The majority of the lighting in the church and all of the lighting in our Community Centre is low-energy LED, which helps keep our energy usage down.
We also switch off our floodlighting at midnight, which not only reduces energy usage but also reduces light pollution.
We like the flowers, we like the bumblebees
Our churchyard and graveyard are important pieces of green land, and we leave parts of them to grow wild. This gives a safe habitat for a range of local wildlife, helps local pollinators such as bees and butterflies, strengthens the local ecosystem and boosts biodiversity.
Keeping it under wraps
In our latest refurbishment, our Community Centre was fitted with brand new insulation. This keeps down our heating costs during the winter months and reduces noise pollution for our neighbours.
We also make sure our heating is automatically switched off when the building isn’t in use.
Recycling at Whitkirk
Where we can’t reduce what we use in the first place, or re-use it as something else, it’s important to recycle materials so that the energy used in their creation can be at least partly reclaimed.
We have on-site collection points for all of our paper, glass and cardboard, and we encourage people using our facilities to take home plastics and cans for recycling.
All our toilet paper is made from 100% recycled material, so going to the bathroom in our Community Centre doesn’t mean more trees will be felled as a result.
At the bar
The bar in the Community Centre operates a green buying policy – we actively look for more easily recycled packaging options, and try to keep our deliveries to a minimum. We recycle as much of our packaging as possible, and no longer give out straws (of any kind) except on request.
In the cloud
Our website runs in a datacentre using 100% renewable energy, and we regularly review usage of all our other online tools to see if we’re being as green as we can.
We choose with care
Green credentials are an inherent part of the selection process when some of our teams are choosing suppliers, and we’re rolling this out to more of the Church.
From email providers to the people who print our business cards, we want to make sure that the companies we work with care as much as we do.