Does your Church want to be part of an Innovation Grant for Climate Action?

Uniting Church Synod is seeking expressions of interest from Uniting Church Congregations, Presbyteries and Entities within the City of Sydney council area to be part of a proposed climate change initiative.

We are looking for Uniting Churches who might be willing to have environmental sensors installed within the Uniting Church properties within the council area of Sydney City. The sensors will need to be in place for a period of 12 months and can be installed using temporary adhesive methods. All you will need to do is provide access to the building for installation.

The initiative will hopefully be part of the City of Sydney’s environmental performance Innovation Grant. We will partner with Hector Abrahams Architects, Dr Ben Slee and Dr Anir Upadhyay from the School of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). 

More About Proposed Project

The University of NSW Low Carbon Living Centre has developed tools consisting of a series of devices for monitoring, and a digital platform for assessing energy and climate factors inside buildings. The idea is to have these devices installed in buildings so that real data can be obtained, rather than using data based on generic models which is currently the case.

The results will provide:

  • Understanding building performance in terms of internal climate and energy use.
  • Encouraging behaviour change for users of the building to make the climate more agreeable.
  • Understanding what material changes to the building itself, if any could benefit the comfort of users as well as reducing energy use.

This is an exciting opportunity to potentially be part of a project that supports climate actions, innovation and aligns with the Uniting Churches climate change strategy.

Please submit your expression for interest by emailing by the 11 March 2021.