Our vision is to have healthy rivers for all. As a charity working (and living) in the Eden catchment we have a responsibility to not only influence and inspire others to take action to make our rivers cleaner and healthier, but to reduce our own impacts too!
We are working hard to reduce our environmental impact, but still have a long way to go.
We recognise the scale and complexity of the challenge – reducing our carbon footprint means taking a balanced view of the pros/cons of different activities rather than just cutting out one thing.
We won’t ‘rest on our laurels’ (so to speak); we will take advantage of technological advances and trial new or better ways of working to reduce our carbon footprint and improve the sustainability of our projects.
We continue to learn more and more about how to be a sustainable organisation and make the quick wins now and put plans in place for the longer-term changes our rivers and planet needs.
Our longer-term goal is to reduce our impact in the big areas of energy and transport.
We really want to replace our vehicles with electric ones but they are out of our reach at present.
Currently, we are based at Newton Rigg College and are unable to influence our energy supplier. When we move office later this summer, we are hoping that we will be able to sign up with a green energy provider.
In the meantime, we have not stood still. Here are just some of the steps we have recently taken/are currently taking to improve our environmental performance: