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.
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, Portfolio Manager can help a church benchmark and track progress. To read more, click here.
Meanwhile Montevallo's Green Team has grown from 7 to 15 members, with members' ages ranging from 15 to 82 years. They have accomplished installing programmable thermostats, energy efficient bulbs, double pane windows, and insulation. Also, the church's water is heated only during hours church is open.
Thanks be to God for the work and witness of these servants of God!