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Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It includes a wide array of environmental topics: upcoming environmental events, links to interesting articles and studies, information on environmental advocacy, eco-theology topics, and success stories from churches that are going “green.”

Author Rebecca Barnes is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with an MDiv and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.

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February 27, 2014

Village Presbyterian Lenten Water Campaign

This week Village Church's Environmental Action Committee launched its Stop Using Bottled Water during Lent campaign.  Following the example of campaigns by the Green Team at Platt Woods UMC in 2012 and by the Earth Shepherds at Second Presbyterian Church in 2013, EAC has placed signs at Drinking Fountains and at Lavatories around the church urging folks to "Stop Using Bottled Water!" 

 

Specifically, our message is this:
 
Heal the Earth. Save its People. Conserve Water.
Clean Water is a Human Right.
(One 16.9-ounce bottle of water requires 1.5 gallons of tap water)
FOR LENT, STOP USING BOTTLED ...


February 19, 2014

Earth Care Congregation Saves through Solar!

“Lent” has a new meaning at North Presbyterian Church (Williamsburg, NY) that is close to the word's ancient etymology. Because of the lengthening days, it’s the time of year when the church starts producing more of the electricity than it uses.

 

The church has now had two summers of producing more than it uses (June through September). The photovoltaic panels on the flat roofs of North Presbyterian Church went on line May 1, 2012. 

 

2013 was the first full calendar and budget year with solar panels in place. In 2013 the church produced 26,741 kwh of electricity--57 ...


February 6, 2014

Calling Young Adult Eco-Stewards Who Are Interested in Food Justice!

Ecostewards logo tree

 

This year’s place-based program explores the connection of communities to the land as we look at how Gainesville, Florida utilizes its surrounding natural resources to build life-giving, meaningful relationships. Our time will focus primarily on the interconnected food and water webs of North Central Florida. Our trip will include discussions on local food, faith, nutrition, workers’ rights, intentional Christian communities, sustainability, and the ever-pressing water issues faced by much of this region. The week will consist of service, community dialogue, and an exploration of local areas including but not limited to community gardens producing food for homeless shelters, a ...


February 6, 2014

Montevallo (AL) Presbyterian Church Saves Energy and is even an EPA Energy Star Congregation!

Montevallo Presbyterian Church in Alabama is a PCUSA Earth Care Congregation and an EPA Energy Star Congregation, and has accomplished many great things in caring for God's creation.

 

Recent celebrations from this church, which uses EPA's Portfolio Manager to manage their energy use:

- Saved $1,973 in 2011 and 2012

- 35% reduction in green house emissions since 2010

 

This church appreciates the EPA Portfolio Manager tool because it provides structure and discipline for monitoring, which results in better protection of the environment and revenue reallocated for use in ministries of church. Recently redesigned to be even more user-friendly ...


February 6, 2014

Solar Panels at Second Presbyterian Church

Second Presbyterian Church Kansas City with solar panels on the roof

The Earth Shepherds of Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO continue to invite their congregation to care for God’s creation in a diversity of ways. This church has truly responded to this committee's great leadership and to the improvements helped along by the Building and Grounds session committee and their Building Manager Don Weeks,

 

from caring for trees,

Second PC Kansas City caring for trees

to offering community recycling,

Second PC Kansas City community recycling bins

to insulating windows,

Second PC Kansas City insulated windows

and even to putting solar panels on the roof!

 

Barbara Stevenin, Chairman of the Earth Shepherds reports, “In the six months of operation of the solar panels, the church has saved over ...

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