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About St Martin - Preserving creation

St Martin-in-the-Fields is committed to environmental sustainability. We seek to lessen the impact of the use of the world’s resources on God’s creation and to act responsibly with regard to the needs of future generations.

Sustainability Policy

We will ensure that we enhance and improve our environment and minimise the environmental impact of all our actions through:

  • Our policies
  • Our activities
  • The way we use our own resources
  • Our advocacy
  • The St Martin’s Action Plan (SMAP)

We will work with the different communities within St Martin-in-the-Fields:

  • Congregation
  • Staff
  • Visitors
  • Customers
  • Partners, Tenants and Residents
  • Suppliers

We are committed to:

1. Reducing our environmental impact by thinking, planning and working together.

2. Improving:

  • Energy efficiency;
  • Water use efficiency;
  • Paper use efficiency

3. Increasing the use of sustainable and recycled materials, and sustainable technologies, in our everyday activities.

4. Reducing, reusing and recycling all materials, where possible, and carrying out disposal in a responsible way.

5. Measure our environmental impact which complies with recognised standards (e.g. Diocesan and international standards), helping us to set clear targets against which we can monitor our progress annually.

6. Considering environmental performance in the selection criteria for our suppliers and contractors.

7. Encouraging more sustainable travel to our site.

8. Encouraging and developing biodiversity in and around St Martin-in-the-Fields.

9. Adapting to climate change in our activities.

10. Engaging with our communities and partners to promote environmental sustainability.

Policy written by the Environmental Sustainability Task Group, and approved by the Parochial Church Council, September 2014

What are we doing?

Did you know?

  1. Our heating system reacts to outside temperatures, helping us reduce energy wastage.
  2. The Light Well breathes air into our underground spaces.

What we are doing:

  1. Recycling, including separate facilities for glass crushing and cardboard bailing Recycling of all general waste started in spring 2011 and glass crushing and cardboard bailing started in spring 2010
  2. Use of a Building Management System to reduce wasted energy Night-time inefficiency was identified and corrected in 2011 and continued improvements are being made
  3. All new built areas designed and built to modern building standards The recent site redevelopment has resulted in very considerably improved overall efficiency
  4. Double-sided paper printing The two main printers have been changed 2011 to do this
  5. Participating in the Diocese of London Energy Saving Benchmarking, setting baseline energy use Participation commenced 2010, and benchmarking achieved 2011