Treebeard Trust is proactively making investments in this area in 2019-20. We are seeking sustainable and systematic solutions, and work that helps create the political and public context for change. Some of our international investments are also in the field of environmental sustainability (see ‘International’ portfolio).

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Investment Type: Equity

Commonplace is an award-winning digital engagement and consultation platform for local authorities and developers. 

Their mission is simple: to transform the way that their customers and communities engage with each other in order to create people-centred places. Commonplace strives to make community participation both accessible by harnessing the collaborative power of the internet and delightful by creating a trusted place for citizens to be involved in shaping their neighbourhoods. By doing so, they break down barriers between urban planners and local people, and increase community participation.

Environmental law foundation

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) is a 27 year old grassroots legal charity that assists communities and individuals to access free legal and technical support relating to environmental matters.  ELF believes that everyone has the right to participate in decisions that affect their environment.  Access to justice is a cornerstone of a thriving democracy and where it is not available to communities this has a detrimental effect on the democratic fabric of a society.  In the United Kingdom there has consistently been a gap between the right of people to have access to environmental justice, and their ability to exercise this right, mainly through lack of resources and expertise. Through giving communities the tools they need to be able to participate effectively in environmental decision making that affects them and their local environment, the overall process is enhanced and ELF has achieved its aims.

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Investment Type: Equity

OddBox is a purpose driven business that fights food waste on farms with London’s first wonky fruit & veg subscription scheme. Oddbox source slightly imperfect but just as delicious fruit & veg directly from farms and deliver these directly to homes and offices for 30% cheaper than similar services.

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Investment Type: Equity

Q-Bot’s mission is to measure and improve the health of buildings without the cost and disruption of traditional methods. This includes a highly innovative method of applying under floor insulation using a robotic device which has been successfully commercialised and is in the process of being rolled out across the UK.

Q-Bot is committed to measuring the positive impact of its technologies through energy savings and carbon impact, addressing fuel poverty and affordable warmth, and job creation and training opportunities . Click here to see the award-winning Q-bot in action.

winnow solutions

Investment Type: Equity

Food waste costs the hospitality industry over $100bn annually. Kitchens can waste up to 20% of food purchased, often equivalent to their total net profits. Winnow’s mission is to connect the commercial kitchen, create a movement of chefs and inspire others to see that food is too valuable to waste.

Winnow Solutions connect commercial kitchens to the cloud allowing them to record and analyse exactly what is put in the bin. This gives chefs the information necessary to drive improvements in their production processes to cut food waste in half, saving money and reducing their environmental footprint at the same time.


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MBCE is a community benefit society set up to deliver community-owned renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy supply projects.  Its first project is a 5MW solar farm at Merston Farm near Chichester, called Merston Community Energy.

MBCE generates renewable energy in Sussex, thereby contributing towards the UK’s energy security policy and CO2 emission reduction targets. It aims to support sustainable development locally, to support members of the local community in reducing their energy consumption and its related environmental impact, and to develop and manage a Community Fund, projected to exceed £3 million over 25 years.