Coalition sets environmental target for charities

The government-funded Every Action Counts campaign is hoping to convince 14,000 voluntary and community organisations to commit improving their green credentials.

The campaign, run by a consortium of charities and funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, wants 14,000 organisations to register with its site and download its twelve-point guide to help charities to become more environmentally friendly.

Changing the Way You Work, launches last month, advises charities to produce environmental action plans to help staff and volunteers to be as green as possible (Third Sector Online, 7 March).

Other tips include: use less paper, use a green energy supplier and buy low environmental-impact products wherever possible, such as recycled paper, re-fillable cartridges, green cleaning products and energy efficient appliances.

"We're hoping to get 14,000 voluntary and community organisations improving their green credentials, and this guide offers simple, practical steps to achieve this," said Mark Walton, head of the Every Action Counts Programme. "It's really not as daunting as it might seem. All of us must take responsibility for protecting the environment, and the many local voluntary and community organisations out there must play a part in this."

The guide is available free to charities that register on the Every Action Counts website.

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