Go Green At Your Church

Four ways to make your congregation more earth-friendly

by Mary Boland

Over the past few years, the idea of “going green” has evolved from a furtive whisper to a new mindset that champions sustainable innovations for the way we use the earth’s resources. As is written in the preface of the Green Bible, “With over a thousand references to the earth and caring for creation in the Bible, the message is clear: all in God’s creation—nature, animals, humanity—are inextricably linked to one another.” The church, an influential institution of the community, has a responsibility to enter this conversation that affects every part of its congregation, from its members to its grounds, to the very lightbulbs that light the sanctuary.

One invaluable resource for churches is GreenFaith.org, which boasts a long history in sustainable solutions designed specifically for faith communities. GreenFaith advocates that protecting the earth is a religious value, and environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility. Faith communities and religious institutions can access much of the content for free and use it to build their own green ministries, propelling churches to a more sustainable existence.

Implement Energy Conservation Changes on Your Church Grounds

  1. Be aware of heating and cooling use.
    Position the thermostat in a place where it can get the most accurate reading of the room’s temperature.
  2. Let there be (just enough) light.
    Replace any incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and replace 15-watt incandescent-powered exit signs with two-watt LEDs.
  3. Appreciate your appliances.
    Consider installing motion-sensing lights, or make an effort to turn lights off if not needed.
  4. Waste not a drop of water.
    Install faucet flow restrictors and low-flow showerheads to conserve water while maintaining water pressure.

Source: GreenFaith.org

Image source: TreeChurch by Barry Cox, Ohaupo, New Zealand

 

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