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.
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.