Jan 2018 Resurrected Bites Café to be launched- a PAYF café using intercepted foodwaste
Q4 2017 all lighting (except one very high light fitting) switched to low energy
Nov 2017 Permanent seed swap box installed in church
Oct 2017 environmental resources library set up at St Mark’s
Oct 2017 Rev Guy Donegan-Cross launches an environmental St Mark’s community
Q1 2017 secondary glazing installed in the Rose Room
Jan 2016 Zero Carbon Harrogate launched by some members of St Mark’s Environment group https://www.zerocarbonharrogate.org.uk/
Dec 2015 Riding Lights production of Baked Alaska shown at St Mark’s followed by audience writing messages on bunting to our MP relating to people’s thoughts about climate change. This was delivered to the MP by a young member of our church.
In Jun 2015 a group went to the "For the Love Of" march in London.
In March 2015, we wrote to all of the parliamentary candidates to voice our concerns about climate change and to ask questions about the environmental policies of each party. The letters were signed by around 100 members of the congregation.
In June 2014 at church services adults and children wrote individual letters to Andrew Jones MP to express their concerns about climate change. For those who missed the opportunity then go to http://www.hftf.org.uk
Reduced hot water temperatures in the toilets by putting thermostatic controlled mixer taps
Recycle all plastic, paper and cardboard
Recycle office supplies like ink cartridges etc, which the congregation can use, the money raised goes towards HG1000
Ongoing implementation of low energy light bulbs and secondary glazing in church
Fitted an intelligent heating control panel to more effectively reduce our carbon footprint
St Mark's PCC vote unanimously to offset their 2013-14 carbon footprint. Read about it here. Carbon Offsetting May 2014
Adopted the Environment Policy in October 2013
Since 2013 - Eco Tips shared with our community via our newsletter and seed and plant swap started.
21st April 2012 - Let there be light! Eco Event
10th December 2012 - Solar Panels installed on the church roof. Click here to find out how we went about it.
January 2011 - Eco team course run www.ecoteams.org.uk/
November 2010 - A Rocha Christian conservation charity adopted as a mission partner, with particular links to A Rocha Lebanon www.arocha.org/lb-en/index.html
October 2010 - Share the Earth Weekend Event for the community to mark the launch of the Diocesan carbon reduction strategy
July 2010 - Preservation of the church pond
June 2010 - Walk to Church Sunday
2010 - Compost bin established