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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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May 28, 2014

Church "Green Living Practicum" Changes Individual Habits

At Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney, TX, a small group study initiated by the Creation Care Team has led to changing individual lives and family lifestyle choices. A group of 10 families gathered to work through David Gershon’s Green Living Handbook over a period of 4 months. 

 

The purpose of this four month study was to help people understand creation care, change their hearts and become more mindful of their daily habits and ultimately start to do things in a more sustainable way at home, work and church.  Whether it is a question of water consumption, energy use, consumer ...


May 27, 2014

FPC Athens OH Named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA’s ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition

We celebrate with First Presbyterian Church of Athens, OH as it was recently recognized for its important achievement in energy conservation. It was named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA'S ENERGYSTAR® National Building Competition! Competitors together have saved more than $100 million on utility bills and prevented 230,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

First Presbyterian Church of Athens announced that it successfully crossed the finish line in EPA’s 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its fourth year, the competition featured buildings from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency ...


May 2, 2014

Carbon Offsets for General Assembly this June!

General Assembly carbon offset poster

 

This year, as in part years, PCUSA is offsetting some of the General Assembly's carbon emissions by investing in family forestland in Appalachia. Worship, committee, exhibit hall and plenary spaces will be offset, so that the greenhouse gases emitted by our use of lights, air conditioning and other energy is "offset" by our investment in developing new renewable sources of energy in Appalachian forests.

 

This year, as a new development, commissioners and staff and observers now also have an opportunity to participate by offsetting their travel and hotel rooms! Included in the registration process is an option to offset ...


May 1, 2014

Disappearing Wetland Communities and a Church Calling for Change

Bayou Blue church visit

 

Last month I visited, along with other members of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue, in Gray, Louisiana. We learned about the concerns and passions unique to their part of God's creation. This hospitable, warm, and loving congregation shared much with us, including their deep grief about what is happening in the wetlands around them.

 

As seems to be the case in many of our "human ingenuity" endeavors, it is after channels have been carved into wetlands for oil drilling (allowing salt water intrusion) and after experiencing natural disasters like hurricanes (which push on ...