Brighthelm is not afraid to position itself as a hub for discussion on sustainability. We are committed to working in partnership with local organisations who embrace and support sustainability where ever possible and have some such organisations as long term tenants in our building. Read more about how we understand sustainability and how our city is working towards achieving it.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is a complex concept. The most often quoted definition comes from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the charter for the UCLA Sustainability Committee, sustainability is defined as: “the physical development and institutional operating practices that meet the needs of present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, particularly with regard to use and waste of natural resources. Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used.” In simplest terms, sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren and the world we will leave them. (Copied from www.sustain.ucla.edu/about-us/what-is-sustainability/)
Sustainability in Brighton and Hove
The City Sustainable Action Plan comprises a broad set of actions and initiatives that support sustainability in Brighton & Hove. These projects continue to be delivered by council officers as well as our partners and individuals in the city. The work reflects the breadth of ambition and activity in the city. We continue to deliver and support ambitious sustainability work across all council services.
Read more about it here.
Divesting from Fossil Fuels
Brighthelm was the first UK church to stop investing in fossil fuels. We realise this step is far from straightforward, especially for trustees making investment decisions for the good of others.
That is why we developed our web-based resource: besttodivest.org
There is a growing divestment movement around the world, as investors begin to question the morals of investing in the oil, coal or gas industry at a time when it is increasingly clear that our burning of carbon needs to be scaled back if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. As the ethical case for divestment builds, so the financial case strengthens as the fuel reserves appearing on the balance sheets of these companies risk becoming stranded assets.
If you would like to know more about our commitment to sustainability, please don`t hesistate to pop in for a chat.