600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040 Worship in the Ivy Chapel: 8:30 a.m. | Worship in the Sanctuary: 10:30 a.m.

Certification Requirements and Documentation

Morrow Church Green Team Guidelines (PDF)

Not CompletedIntroductory Article – Highlight acceptance into the Program and discussing the Mission Statement
Completed 8 Eco-Theological Reflections – Over the 2 years of the Program
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
Not CompletedMonthly Eco-Tip
Completed 4 Articles per Year – Related to stewardship or environmental justice
Year 1: 1  2  3  4 | Year 2: 1  2  3  4
CompletedList of local and regional media contacts and communications outlets
Need to post Documentation
Letter to Regional Leader – Announce acceptance into the Program
Not Completed4 Press Releases per Year
Year 1: 1  2  3  4 | Year 2: 1  2  3  4


Not Completed Worship – Six services over two years focused on ecological themes, with at least 2 services completed in the first year.

Year 1: Remember your Baptism Service (January 9, 2012) – the importance of water in our lives and in the world | Lenten Season and Easter (6 services: bulletins, Lenten letter from Pastor Chris) | GreenFaith Sunday

Year 2: GreenFaith Sunday May 5, 2014 (bulletin)

Religious Education

Not CompletedSix classes of religious-environmental education for adults over two years.  At least 2 classes must be completed in the first year.

  1. Morrow Adult Fellowship (the adult Sunday School) sessions about Green Faith
  2. Morrow Adult Fellowship (the adult Sunday School) sessions with teenagers for discussion of their studies about the issues mountain top removal
  3. Lenten study (Sunday a.m. and Monday night class) led by Sr. Pastor 2011 focused on Visio Divina, focus on Nature and creation spirituality

CompletedSix classes of religious-environmental education for teenagers over two years. At least 2 classes must be completed in the first year.

  1. Morrow Youth Fellowship (2008-10) studied the issue of “mountain top removal” and its affects on the Appalachian environment and people
  2. Spent a great deal of time in the Louisiana gulf community of Dulac with the Houma tribe
  3. Spent time in Washington DC meeting with our representatives to thank those that sponsored the Clean Water Act in the hopes of strengthening WV stream elimination as a result of mountaintop removal and successfully lobbied Sen. Lautenberg to sponsor the Senate equivalent.
  4. JYF – Brothers and Sisters Facing Hunger: Gleaning and Serving
  5. Sustainable development and water projects
  6. Heifer International Global Village experience

Not CompletedSix classes of religious-environmental education for children over two years. At least 2 classes must be completed in the first year.

  1. Renew Vacation Bible School held in August 2011: 165+ children (age 3 – 6th grade) participated in the 4-day camp learning about creation care and our role in it. Also used recycled decorations. Our 6th graders participated in service projects around creation care.
  2. Children’s Musical Theater Camp: In summer 2011 more than 50 community youth produced the musical, Seussical Jr. as a way to raise money for the sustainable agriculture project, The Haiti Goat Project

CompletedIntroductory religious-environmental education for Ordained/Institutional Leaders


Completed Substantive annual recommendation or encouragement from the ordained leader to members about spending time outdoors.

Not Completed One interfaith religious-environmental activity/year involving members of at least three religious traditions (for example: Christian, Jewish, Muslim)

Completed One intergenerational religious-environmental program/year for two years.

The Turnover Sale: This sale happens each year in July and is the largest rummage sale in the area. People of multiple generations help sort and sell – and clean up. Proceeds are donated as are any remaining usable items.

Environmental Justice Education
Completed Conduct three educational programs over two years on environmental justice.

  1. Children attending Vacation Bible School in August 2012 learned about the Nothing but Nets program.
  2.  Worship service on Sunday, October 7, 2012 highlighted local food issues and provided reusable shopping bags to be filled with food donations for the MEND program.
  3. In 2011 and 2012, JYFers spent a day gleaning (harvesting fruit left in the ?elds after the professional harvesters have ?nished) to donate to food pantries and soup kitchens. After picking the fruit, JYF-ers returned to Morrow to prepare food for our Orange food distribution.

Building Relationships with EJ Leaders
Not CompletedAt least one meeting per year with a local/regional EJ leader to identify ways that your faith-based institution can support Environmental Justice initiatives

Advocating for Environmental Justice

Not CompletedParticipation in at least one regionally-focused Environmental Justice Advocacy Campaign per year.
Year 1: NJ Grow-A-Row (and here; 2013 Partner of the Year certificate) | Greenhouse Emissions Petition
Year 2:

CompletedParticipation in at least one internationally-focused environmental justice initiative per year.
Year 1: Haiti Mission Trip | Nothing But Nets (Need Documentation)
Year 2: Haiti Mission Trip


Not CompletedImplementation of the Portfolio Manager tool from ENERGY STAR to monitor usage and costs.

25 initiatives:
Not CompletedOne Action Step and one Awareness Step from each of the 7 core areas
Completed11 from any category
Completed2 Leadership Steps (in green)


CompletedIncandescent bulbs replaced with CFLs – hallways, classrooms, and both halls used for church functions have CFLs. (Photos of two hallways with CFLs)

Completed Incandescent exit signs replaced with LED – all exit signs use LED lights. (Photos of four signs)

Completed Insulate and weather-strip, remove air conditioning units in winter


Completed Hosted a Solar Screening event to provide information and the opportunity to install residential solar panels to congregation and community at large.


Completed Fair Trade, organic, bird-friendly coffee/tea

Completed Become a CSA drop-off site – Morrow organized and acted as a drop-off site for a CSA from 2009-2011. (PhotosMaplewood is Green flyer, and Maplewood Patch article.


Completed Each month, a vegetarian recipe placed in the newsletter, website, listserve

Completed Publicize to members the location & availability of farmers’ markets, etc.


Completed Eliminate bottled water at all meals and events


Completed Installed water conservation signs at all faucets (photos)


Completed Institute recycling with clustering and signs (photos)

Completed Eliminated 2 pages from weekly bulletin (totaling 400-500 sheets of paper)


Completed Provide an electronics recycling event for members (photo)


Completed Implement a comprehensive green cleaning program (photos)


Grounds Maintenance

Completed Eliminate pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilizer on lawn

Completed Remove leaking underground tanks

Completed Two bird feeders hang in the preschool playground area (one made from recycled materials). After Christmas, the children use the Christmas tree to hang additional bird feeders that they make in class. The children learn about birds and the bird feeders as a part of this project. (Photos of bird feeders)

Completed The preschool teachers each have a raised garden be in which they plant, with the children, herbs and flowers. (Photos)


Completed Promote pesticide-free gardening to community during the annual preschool plant sale via distribution of a flyer with each purchase. View flyer.


Completed Install a bike rack outside side door near preschool entrance and Fellowship Hall. (photo)