The Forest Green Rovers, known as the “world’s greenest football club,” have made strides in sustainable practices both on and off the field. The club’s stadium, The New Lawn, is powered entirely by renewable energy and features a vegan-only menu. In addition, FGR has implemented a host of environmentally friendly practices, such as using electric vehicles, installing a rainwater irrigation system, and composting food waste.
As well as StoneComms, a green focussed PR and Communications company based in Ebley, another major player in Stroud’s sustainability scene is Ecotricity, a green energy company headquartered in the town. Founded by Dale Vince in 1995, Ecotricity has been a driving force in the UK’s transition to renewable energy. The company provides customers with clean energy sourced from wind, sun, and sea, and has even pioneered a “green gas” made from organic materials.
Finally, Stroud has been a hotspot for Extinction Rebellion, a global environmental movement advocating for urgent action on climate change. The town has hosted several high-profile XR protests, including the occupation of Ecotricity’s headquarters in 2019. These protests have helped raise awareness about the urgent need for action on climate change and the devastating effects of environmental degradation.
In summary, Stroud’s commitment to sustainability and environmental activism has made it one of the greenest towns in the UK. With the Forest Green Rovers, Ecotricity, StoneComms and Extinction Rebellion all calling the town home, Stroud has become a beacon of hope for those seeking a more sustainable future.