Introductory Article – Highlight acceptance into the Program and discussing the Mission Statement
8 Eco-Theological Reflections – Over the 2 years of the Program
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
4 Articles per Year – Related to stewardship or environmental justice
Year 1: 1 2 3 4 | Year 2: 1 2 3 4
List of local and regional media contacts and communications outlets
Need to post Documentation
Letter to Regional Leader – Announce acceptance into the Program
4 Press Releases per Year
Year 1: 1 2 3 4 | Year 2: 1 2 3 4
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)
Six classes of religious-environmental education for adults over two years. At least 2 classes must be completed in the first year.
Six classes of religious-environmental education for teenagers over two years. At least 2 classes must be completed in the first year.
Six classes of religious-environmental education for children over two years. At least 2 classes must be completed in the first year.
Introductory religious-environmental education for Ordained/Institutional Leaders
Substantive annual recommendation or encouragement from the ordained leader to members about spending time outdoors.
One interfaith religious-environmental activity/year involving members of at least three religious traditions (for example: Christian, Jewish, Muslim)
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
Conduct three educational programs over two years on environmental justice.
Building Relationships with EJ Leaders
At 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
Participation 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
Implementation of the Portfolio Manager tool from ENERGY STAR to monitor usage and costs.
One Action Step and one Awareness Step from each of the 7 core areas
11 from any category
2 Leadership Steps (in green)
Incandescent bulbs replaced with CFLs – hallways, classrooms, and both halls used for church functions have CFLs. (Photos of two hallways with CFLs)
Incandescent exit signs replaced with LED – all exit signs use LED lights. (Photos of four signs)
Insulate and weather-strip, remove air conditioning units in winter
Fair Trade, organic, bird-friendly coffee/tea
Each month, a vegetarian recipe placed in the newsletter, website, listserve
Publicize to members the location & availability of farmers’ markets, etc.
Eliminate bottled water at all meals and events
Installed water conservation signs at all faucets (photos)
Institute recycling with clustering and signs (photos)
Eliminated 2 pages from weekly bulletin (totaling 400-500 sheets of paper)
Provide an electronics recycling event for members (photo)
Implement a comprehensive green cleaning program (photos)
Eliminate pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilizer on lawn
Remove leaking underground tanks
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)
The preschool teachers each have a raised garden be in which they plant, with the children, herbs and flowers. (Photos)
Promote pesticide-free gardening to community during the annual preschool plant sale via distribution of a flyer with each purchase. View flyer.
Install a bike rack outside side door near preschool entrance and Fellowship Hall. (photo)