As the mother church of the diocese, cathedrals are well placed to test new ways of working and demonstrate a commitment to environmental action.
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Manchester cathedral has established the Our Faith, Our Planet project. It works with local partners including the Carbon Literacy Project to run numerous events for faith communities across the city.
The first cathedral to install solar panels, it has continued to be a leader in environmental action.
The cathedral has instituted wide ranging initiatives including:
- Food waste digester and composters
- Energy efficient boilers
- Recycling bins
- Using Fairtrade products
- Having milk delivered by a local milkman in glass bottles
They have also worked with the local council, faith groups and the Forest for Bradford on a project to plant 600 trees to:
- Reduce air pollution
- Offset their carbon usage
- Take the lead on our mission to sustain and renew the life of the Earth
York Minster measured their carbon footprint and created an action plan to address it:
- They switched their energy supplier to 100% renewable electricity
- They ensured their light bulbs were LED or low-energy
- They planted a sensory garden outside the walls and recruited volunteers to manage it
The Minster got an Eco Church silver award for:
- Integrating environmental themes into their worship
- Promoting Fairtrade goods
- And committing to reduce energy usage, use sustainable materials and exercise good stewardship in all that they do