Website offers free environmental efficiency advice

Helen Barrett

Charities and community groups are to get free support and advice on improving their environmental efficiency from a dedicated website launched this week.

The website,, will be unveiled at BTCV's newly opened £1.8m environmentally friendly headquarters in Doncaster by Ed Miliband, the third sector minister, and David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

The site encourages organisations to change their behaviour to make a difference to their communities and the environment.

The site will offer up-to-date tips and resources on saving energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by changing travel arrangements, ethical shopping, caring for the local environment and recycling and reducing waste. Suggestions include using energy-saving light bulbs, balancing out carbon emissions by planting trees and appointing a fair trade buyer for supplies.

Organisations can register for the site's online evaluator to log their actions and to keep track of progress against individual targets. The site also includes case studies of organisations that have taken up the challenge.

The project has been created by a consortium of organisations that includes the Community Development Foundation and BTCV, in partnership with Defra.

- See Feature, page 16.

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