Who We Are

Sussex Green Living is a fast growing multi award-winning charity set up by local people who wanted to create a network and initiatives for the benefit of their community and the planet.  We’ll show you that living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, respecting nature and reducing that all important carbon footprint is exciting, energising, saves you money and helps provide more peace of mind to live and enjoy a sustainable future.

Sussex Green Living is proud to bank with Triodos a sustainable bank – money has the power to change the world.

Charity number 1189569

Support and Services

We are passionate about connections, communications and education to inspire and empower Sussex people, consumers, communities and businesses to live green, play green and work green. Our services help you and your community groups and local businesses achieve these values:

  • Sussex Green Hub it is a self-funding Centre that brings together diverse groups and individuals in the local community to build solutions, relationships and resilience in the face of the Climate Emergency. It is on the last Saturday each month and home to our  Horsham Repair Café where volunteers repair electronics, household items and clothes and a cleaning product and personal hygiene bottle refill service, plus other local groups
  • Sussex Green Ideas is an online event sometimes with speakers, a place where we share local news, ideas and support each other on our greening journey
  • Youth Eco Forum bi-weekly Zoom meeting of young people sharing their hopes, fears, ideas and actions
  • Inspiration Eco Station (1974 retrofitted milk float) which visits schools and events with displays and information on eco home & garden, kinder clothes, recycling, green energy switching, fossil fuel divestment etc. The float goes out as part of our Bright New Future Roadshow, learn more here
  • Environmental education in schools: free assemblies, lessons and the roadshow take inspiring ideas and solutions which often save money and reduce carbon emissions
  • Plastics reduction, recycling and communication initiatives
  • Local talks
  • Presentations for local businesses

You can read testimonials about our talks, assemblies, lessons and workshops here.

To book a talk, email   or call 07768 212833

Growing the repair cafe movement in Sussex and beyond

Horsham Repair Cafe – Founded in October 2017 by Carrie, one of our trustees Jill Shuker and the Horsham Quakers. This community initiative expanded fast and is now in its third and largest venue the United Reformed Church in Horsham. It is part of the Sussex Green Hub, learn more here. The Horsham Repair Cafe was the first repair cafe in West Sussex, Jill and Carrie have supported the development of the following repair cafes since 2017 – Worthing, Adur, Chichester, Chailey, Dorking, Henfield, Steyning and Storrington. Learn more about the Horsham Repair Cafe here.

Our Children and their Future

Every country in the world is failing to shield children’s health and their futures from intensifying ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices.  Despite dramatic improvements in survival, nutrition, and education over the past 20 years, “today’s children face an uncertain future”, with every child facing “existential threats”. Children in biggest carbon-emitting nations are healthiest, while those with tiny environmental footprints suffer twofold from poor health and living at the sharp end of the climate crisis.

The solutions are all around us. Whether at home, work, school, or while you travel, small changes can add up.  We need to make lifestyle changes and take action as individuals, businesses, local and central Government. Come with us on a greening journey, working together, we can make a difference.

About Carrie Cort

Carrie’s passion for the natural world and concern for her young son’s future led her to set up Sussex Green Living in 2012.  Since then she trained as a West Sussex County Council Waste Prevention Advisor in 2012.  Then in 2016 she has become a Climate Reality Leader trained by ex US vice president Al Gore and climate specialists.  As a passionate and engaging speaker and workshop leader she is in great demand from schools and community organisations, click testimonials to read more.

Carrie says “I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others.  Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life”.  

South East Climate Alliance

We co-founded the South East Climate Alliance and now sit on the steering committee. It is a coalition of local environment, community and faith groups across South East England uniting for urgent action on climate change.
Learn more about SECA here https://seclimatealliance.uk

Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corp training

The programme provides the training in climate science, communications, and organising to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action. The training is delivered by Al Gore, renowned climate scientists and communicators.

The Climate Reality Leaders aim to educate and inspire individuals and organisations on climate change awareness and action as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, there are now  over 35,000 Climate Reality Leaders now trained worldwide, with over 1,000 in the UK and 7 in West Sussex working to inspire people to live more in harmony with planet earth.

The aim of the presentation is to break down the complex terms of science and policy into the language of everyday life, so that people everywhere can understand how climate change directly affects them. They can then join the millions of people worldwide in making changes to their everyday lives which will make a real difference. There is information about the negative effects humans are having on the planet which sustains us, but as Carrie  adds “the presentation also includes lots of statistics, evidence and reasons to be cheerful”.

You can learn more about the Climate Reality presentations and talks we offer here

Climate Reality Global Education Working Group was born!

In the early 2017 Carrie initiated this group using Zoom where Climate Reality Leaders from around the globe interested in the education sector could meet to share ideas and best practice. In the spring of 2019 a US Climate Reality Leader Stef Miller joined the group and subsequently has taken the lead.

The aim of the group is to advance The Climate Reality Project mission through Climate Science Education, convening a worldwide network of educators and community leaders in an international exchange of best practices and resources for teaching has worked hard on the groups infrasture and strategy: To advance The Climate Reality Project mission through Climate Science Education, convening a worldwide network of educators and community leaders in an international exchange of best practices and resources for teaching students about the urgency and opportunity in addressing climate change. Learn more here.

Awards for Sussex Green Living

  • Business Matters – won the Going Green Award  in 2012 and 2013
  • Southern Business – Highly Commended for the Going Green Award 2012
  • BBC Surrey & Sussex Community Hero – Green Champion 2015
  • WWF Earth Hour – shortlisted as their Community Hero 2017, my son won their KS2 Climate Challenge poster competition, resulting in attendance at the WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary reception
  • Business Green Leaders Awards – Shortlisted as NGO of the Year 2017
  • P.E.A. (People, Environment & Achievement) – won Greenest Family Award 2017
  • West Sussex County Times Community Awards – won Friends of the Environment 2017
  • South East Energy Efficiency Awards – Energy Efficiency Champion 2018
  • Better Energy School Awards – Southern and Central Region Totally Scientific category William Penn School 2018
  • Climate Coalition Award in 2018 and 2019 – shortlisted
  • CPRE Sussex Countryside Award 2020 – Promoting Nature & the Countryside GOLD

Charity policies

In May 2020 Sussex Green Living was awarded CIO charity status. Since then our board of trustees have refined our policies to provide a clear, appropriate and coherent set of policies and procedures to ensure the efficient running of our charity.

Our Safeguarding Policy statement outlines how we operate to keep children and vulnerable adults safe. Read our safeguarding policy here.

Our Volunteer Policy shares the role of volunteers within our charity, outlines our activities and what is expected of volunteers. Providing clarity for our Board of Trustees, funders, staff and volunteers – ensuring a positive experience for all.  Read our volunteer policy here.

Inspiring sustainable living in Sussex

Horsham Repair Cafe volunteers

Sussex Green Hub

Carrie Cort founder of SGL

Carrie Cort founder of Sussex Green Living

SGL & HRC out in the community

SGL & HRC out in the community

Winning P.E.A. Green Family Award

Winning P.E.A. Green Family Award