Renew Environment Group
RENEW is group of concerned members of the congregations and clergy of Ely Cathedral. We are always pleased to hear from anyone who would like to know more about what we're currently focusing on, and in particular from anyone who would like to get involved! Email us
Our initial purpose was to collect information and to initiate changes which would enable us to apply for an Eco Church award through A Rocha. In February 2020, we had made sufficient progress to apply for a silver award.
We are now working towards the gold award, and towards Ely Cathedral 2030, so that, in line with General Synod's decision, we will be carbon neutral by this date.
Particular projects include:
- continuing to ensure that care for the environment and sustainable living are at the heart of all our worship and teaching
- monitoring our energy consumption
- considering replacing the existing gas boilers with greener energy sources and seeking ways of making the 19th century Gurney stoves more environmentally friendly
- replacing existing lighting system with a more efficient LED based system
- keeping bees, planting and maintaining a wild flower meadow and supporting the young people who attend Cafe Church in their environmental project
- providing information on how to live more sustainably