Sustainable Church Buildings Project
To mark the 500th anniversary of Richard Cloudesley’s legacy in Islington, from July 2017 - December 2018 Cloudesley ran the Sustainable Church Buildings Project for eligible Church of England churches in Islington.
The Sustainable Church Buildings Project was a Cloudesley initiative run in partnership with the Diocese of London and the Islington Deanery. It included:
- Environmental audits of 24 of Islington’s Church of England churches
- Additional grant funding to contribute towards aspects of the recommended works identified through the audit process
- A learning programme for churches in the Islington Deanery to raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues and how to apply this to their buildings
“Thank you for … getting such a difficult, important and far-reaching programme underway. Over the coming years it will have a profound effect on the ability of Islington churches to pursue their mission in a more environmentally responsible way.” - St Mark’s Clerkenwell
All 24 eligible Islington churches were awarded a small grant and 10 were also awarded a large grant, through a competitive application process for high-impact projects. Churches are taking forward a wide range of work using their Cloudesley grants; for example energy-efficient lighting, installing solar panels, improved heating controls, secondary/double-glazing of windows, and insulation. The list of small grants awarded can be found here and the list of large SCBP grants awarded can be found here.
If all these projects are implemented, the ‘carbon footprint’ of the churches will reduce by 15%, with nearly 100 tonnes of CO2 being saved per year and greatly reduced utility bills. The project achieved recognition with a second place in the Roman Juriga awards from the European Christian Environmental Network and was shortlisted for a Charity Times award for Cross-sector Partnership. The project was also recognised as Islington's Best Community Environmental Project at the inaugural Camden and Islington Sustainability Awards ceremony in November 2019.