November 2019 – Islington’s Best Community Environmental Project
Cloudesley’s Sustainable Church Buildings Project, which has improved the energy efficiency of Islington churches, has been recognised as Islington’s Best Community Environmental Project. The award was accepted by representatives from Cloudesley (including Miranda Coates, Chair of Grants Committee – pictured) at the inaugural Camden and Islington Sustainability Awards ceremony on Thursday 21 November.
The Sustainable Church Buildings Project was run by Cloudesley in 2017 and 2018, in partnership with the Diocese of London and the Islington Deanery. Through the project, 24 Islington churches undertook the Diocese of London’s Energy-saving Benchmarking process and had a Cloudesley-funded environmental audit carried out. Each church received an audit report with bespoke energy-saving recommendations, which will cut the churches’ utility bills whilst also helping the environment.
Cloudesley agreed additional grant funding of £540,000 for the Islington churches to enable them to implement some of these recommendations and make the churches more energy efficient. See Previous Grant Awards for details.
In addition to Cloudesley’s funds, the project helped raise c. £100,000 of match funding, supporting the churches to raise c. £55,000 from the Islington Community Energy Fund and through a £45,000 strategic match grant from national funder, Allchurches Trust.