Survey to build a picture of the sector's green credentials

Voluntary and community organisations have been invited to complete an online questionnaire that will form the basis of a 'green office guide' for the sector.

The survey – which has been produced by the government’s voluntary sector environmental programme Every Action Counts – includes questions on water use, energy use and recycling.

Among the issues covered by the questionnaire are: developing an environmental policy; monitoring water consumption; reviewing energy bills; using energy-efficient lighting; and recycling cardboard, glass, plastics and computers.

Respondents are also asked for their views on whether funders place an increasing emphasis on voluntary and community organisations’ green credentials, and whether the sector needs more funding to “implement green offices”.

Ben Coles, chair of the Every Action Counts office managers working group, said the survey would be used to find out what the barriers are to voluntary organisations becoming more eco-friendly.

“It could be financial, it could be the lack of a dedicated person, or it could be not owning your own building,” he said.
The responses to the survey will be used to develop a green office guide that will be published in June or July of this year.

Respondents to the survey will be entered in a draw to win a range of prizes including a folding bike and £500 of Marks & Spencer vouchers.

The survey can be found at http://www.groundwork-surveys.org.uk/greenquestionnaire

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