Regulator to show charities how to be greener

The Charity Commission is holding a seminar on environmental sustainability tomorrow as part of its commitment to promoting best practice in the sector.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said charities risked damaging their reputations if they did not try to be environmentally friendly, because the sector was seen as a reference point.

She added that one of the commission’s statutory objectives was to promote the charitable use of charity resources and that cost-cutting sustainable practices such as energy saving and waste reduction could help achieve that aim.

Those attending the seminar will get the chance to share tips on minimising organisations’ environmental footprints and will hear presentations from charities that have led initiatives in this field, including the RSPB, the Carbon Trust and the City Bridge Trust.

John Merivale, grants officer at the City Bridge Trust, a grant-making charity that has carried out eco-audits among voluntary organisations, said there was scope for the sector to be more environmentally friendly.

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