TREES for Cities and the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) are the first in the charity sector to join the Net Zero Challenge, an innovative digital platform that helps organisations accelerate their journey to net-zero.
The Net Zero Challenge, provided by sustainability engagement experts Jump, motivates employees to practise positive behaviours that reduce carbon emissions individually and as an organisation. In return, they are awarded ‘Green Points,’ with the top-performing individuals and organisations winning popular vouchers and charity donations.
Employees at Trees for Cities and GCT are using the website and app to take part in over 30 carbon-saving activities covering recycling, sustainable travel, energy-saving, biodiversity and more.
The Challenge uses competitive elements to encourage participants to reduce their emissions with leader boards for individuals and sector-specific leader boards so organisations can see how their actions compare with others in their sector.
Currently, Trees for Cities is topping both the sector and organisation-wide leader board, with nearly 900 positive actions completed by employees in the last month alone. These actions have avoided approximately 1,000kg of carbon emissions.
David Elliott, Chief Executive, Trees for Cities, said:
“Whilst the core nature of our charitable work, tree planting, is playing a major part in tackling climate change, we recognise that we need to do all we can as a staff team to reduce our carbon emissions. I believe the charity sector has a key role to play in helping the UK achieve net-zero by 2030. The Net Zero Challenge is a fun engagement tool, and it’s great to see so many of the team here at Trees for Cities really getting into it.”
Sharon Johnson, Chief Executive, Galapagos Conservation Trust, said:
“The Galapagos Islands are faced with many threats, including climate change. We are working with partners on the Islands to mitigate this threat, and we believe it is just as important that we, as an organisation and as individuals, also play our part. The GCT team is really enjoying taking part in the Net Zero Challenge – not only is it fun, but it also helps us know that we are doing their bit towards protecting the planet.”
The Net Zero Challenge was developed and launched to help organisations achieve their net-zero targets. The Challenge is delivered by Jump, who, as the market leader in sustainability engagement programmes, have been helping clients across the private, public and university sectors achieve their sustainability targets for over 10 years. In 2020, across all its client programmes, Jump participants avoided 4.2 million kilogrammes of CO2, commuted 267,000 miles by walking, cycling and public transport, and carried out 3.9 million minutes of exercise.
Graham Simmonds, Chief Executive, Jump, said:
“There are around 167,000 voluntary sector organisations in the UK employing over 900,000 people. This is almost 3% of the total UK workforce, so it’s great to see Trees for Cities and GCT leading the way in their sector as there’s a real opportunity to get teams across the third sector fully engaged in the race to net zero.”