I found this terrific post here: http://www.treehuggingfamily.com/greening-your-church/

I feel that all our resources are God given and that we are to take care of them…not over Him, but for Him.  I also believe that a lot of the chemicals that we use are not only bad for us but cost money that I prefer to save and do something else with.

Hope you find something that your church can do:

Many of the things that are talked about in connection with greening your home can also apply to greening your church — recycling, using green cleaners, practicing green lawn care, eliminating disposable products when possible and making sure the building is energy efficient. Of course, churches are composed of groups of people who may not all agree on every issue, but the first step in greening a church is calling attention to the matter.

church.jpgResources for greening your church:

•Get LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Your church can decide how green it wants to become and pursue the chosen level of certification. A great way to start is to get involved with your local chapter of the US Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to greening all of our existing buildings and new construction through LEED certification. Several churches have already gained LEED certification.

•Green your Palm Sunday with Eco-Palms. Here’s a New York Times article about them.

•Visit Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light for some great resources. Some of their suggestions include taking stock of how much energy the church is using, looking at how space is being used and when it is used, and surveying equipment. They offer forms you can download to help with this process.

Know your options for clean energy. Visit the US Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as a first step. For more on clean energy, visit the Sierra Club’s articles.

•Visit EarthCareto download comprehensive resource guides about eco-management of churches.

•Be inspired by Boston’s historic Old North Church with its new LED lights. Here’s the CNN article.

If you’ve been involved with helping to green your church, please tell us about it.

Here is another story of Nuns who also believe in making the best choices when it comes to using our resources:

http://www.buildinggreen.com/hpb/overview.cfm?projectid=661

Here’s just a part of the story:

The Sisters wanted to leave a legacy to future generations with this project. One of the missions of their order is to respect the earth and promote environmental justice, so they hoped to create a community that would exemplify these ideals.

All shower and lavatory water is routed to a constructed wetland and reused for flushing toilets. Daylighting and a ground-source heating and cooling system contribute to an expected 20% reduction in energy use, compared to a conventional building. Materials were selected for their durability and environmental responsibility.

The Sisters saw this project as an opportunity to teach the public about environmental issues. Throughout the design process, the Sisters presented issues that the design team was studying to neighbors so they could learn about how to live with more respect for the environment. Even if suggested strategies had very long payback periods (longer than many of them would live), the Sisters often still chose to incorporate them to be able to teach about them. The constructed project dramatically showcases many of the sustainable strategies through exhibits and signage prepared by the Sisters.

Have a “green” day!

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