Third Sector Podcast: Measuring the impact of your efforts to be greener

Lucinda and Emily learn how voluntary organisations can measure the results of their climate initiatives

Third Sector editor Emily Burt and senior multimedia reporter Lucinda Rouse are joined by Carol Botten, chief executive of the north east voluntary sector network Vonne, and Jack Chellman, chief project officer at the Global Returns Project, to understand how voluntary organisations can measure the impact of their climate work.

Carol acknowledges the difficulties of measuring any form of impact and stresses the importance of establishing what it is you want to measure and why, framing the issues around people, place and planet. 

She describes some of the steps taken by members of Vonne’s Going Green Together initiative to reduce their environmental impact and measure the results using a carbon footprint calculator.

Jack draws on the Global Returns Project’s expertise of reporting environmental returns through its work with leading climate charities and advocates for a rigorous framework that captures both quantitative and qualitative results.

Charity Changed My Life features the story of Michelle, who describes the credit facility offered by Fair for You’s Iceland Food Club as a lifeline for accessing essential food for her family in difficult months.

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