Board Environmental Champions

Put environmental ambition and responsibility at the centre of your governance.

The cultural sector has an urgent role to play in responding to the climate, nature and justice crisis we face as a society, and governance has a central role in this response. The sector is uniquely placed to influence and create the conditions for profound change, that places equity at its heart.

Designed for Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Investment Principle Support Organisations (IPSOs), the Board Environmental Champions Programme will enable Boards (or their equivalent) to embed environmental responsibility within their organisations at governance level. It will support them to step up their sustainability plans, reduce their environmental impact, and inspire peers and audiences at a time when it is most needed.

About The Board Environmental Champions Programme

Acknowledging that Boards Members are often short of time, the programme is designed to be self-paced, inspiring and light-touch. It will support Board Members to become environmental champions, building their knowledge, skills and confidence. 

This free programme is a simple training and peer-networking opportunity for cultural organisations:

  • To put in place effective Board Environmental Champions 
  • To support best practice in governance and leadership

It is designed in consultation with the sector to:

  • Upskill Boards to confidently support their organisation to deliver the Arts Council England’s Environmental Responsibility Investment Principle 
  • Inspire their ambition
  • Be focused on governance, not management
  • Be light-touch and practical 

It is available to all cultural organisations within the NPO and IPSO portfolio who have a governing body, such as a Board, advisory group or equivalent.

Introduction to the Board Environmental Champions Programme (PDF)
Board Environmental Champions Role Description (PDF)
Board Environmental Champions – The Champion’s Guide (PDF)

If you need this document in another format please get in touch.

How to Sign Up

Participating organisations need to:

  • Identify a Board Environmental Champion
  • Identify a senior leadership representative for them to liaise with
  • Sign up via the online registration form below

The programme is now open for registration. For those signed up to the programme, there will be a welcome and peer sharing session on Tuesday 21 November, 9-10.30am, please save the date.

Once the programme is launched, organisations and Board Environmental Champions that have signed up to participate can download and use the scheme logo.

After the initial launch, organisations can continue to join the programme at any point.

Join the Board Environmental Champion programme

Are you an:(Required)
We require an organisation contact separate to the Board Environmental Champion so we can send any updates on the programme to you directly.
If you don’t currently have a nominated Board Environmental Champion, don’t worry. We encourage you to sign up in the meantime whilst you’re appointing them so we can support you on the journey.
The Board Member will receive updates on the programme via a newsletter. These newsletters will also be sent to the Senior Executive contact. If you don’t have a contact yet, please write n/a.
The Board Member will receive updates on the programme via a newsletter. These newsletters will also be sent to the Senior Executive contact. If you don’t have a contact yet, please write n/a.
Both Senior Executive and Board Members agree to be signed up to receive the Board Environmental Champion newsletter, and also to be registered for our online e-learning platform (for carbon literacy training).(Required)
If you wish to opt out of the carbon-literacy training please email to let us know.
As a Board Environmental Champion you agree to have your name, organisation and email shared as part of the network and for networking events:(Required)
These details will not be shared publicly. They will be shared with the Board Environmental Champions only.
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