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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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March 18, 2014

Nashua Presbyterian Church, "the Church in the Woods"

Nashua Presbyterian Church in the woods

The PCUSA Earth Care Congregation program welcomes newly certified Earth Care Congregation Nashua Presbyterian Church (NH).  When this congregation was chartered as a PCUSA church and built its sanctuary in 1997, they chose to build it back from the road - in the woods.  They call themselves "The Church in the Woods." Because of their love of the woods and adjoining wetlands on their 13 acres, they built with a care for the environment and continue to treasure this gift of part of God's creation.

 

Having built an energy efficient building, they have since added:  a memorial garden, nine flower ...

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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 ...

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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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December 17, 2013

TODAY Dec 17 at 2pm Eastern, an ENERGY STAR webinar for PCUSA congregations

PCUSA Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR Webinar for Congregations

 

Tues, Dec 17, 2pm (Eastern)


EPA's ENERGY STAR has tools, tech support and national recognition for energy efficient worship facilities, freely available to  Presbyterians. Join PC(USA) Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR in taking our "good intentions" all the way to significant energy cost savings and verified greenhouse gas emissions reductions.


Copy/paste https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r5bez4m1ons/ into your browser to join the webinar online, and call 1-866-299-3188, access code 202-343-9314. You may choose to only listen by phone, or to listen while watching slides on the computer. Log ...

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November 25, 2013

Save the Date: Dec 17 at 2pm Eastern, an ENERGY STAR webinar for PCUSA congregations

PCUSA Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR Webinar for Congregations

 

Tues, Dec 17, 2pm (Eastern)

 Summary:

EPA's ENERGY STAR has tools, tech support and national recognition for energy efficient worship facilities, freely available to Presbyterians. Join PC(USA)  Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR in taking our "good intentions" all the way to significant energy cost savings and verified greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This webinar primarily will be demonstrating the Portfolio Manager tool for congregations. We will also have brief sharing from two PCUSA congregations who have had good success with this tool. 

 

How to join:

Copy/paste https://epa.connectsolutions ...

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November 21, 2013

Crosslake Presbyterian Does Renewable Power and Energy Efficiency

A recently installed array of solar panels on the roof of Crosslake Presbyterian Church in north central Minnesota generates electricity when the sun shines. (Crosslake MN enjoys as many hours of sunlight annually as Houston, TX ! )

 

Click here for access to a real time report of electrical production.

 

This is the latest of five efforts by Crosslake Church to be good stewards of God’s creation.  Collectively dubbed “The New Noah Project”, Crosslake’s five efforts are—

---Photovoltaic electricity generation,

---Geo-thermal heating and air conditioning,

---Purchase of wind generated electricity,

---A highly insulated building with efficient lighting

---Ten acres of ...

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April 29, 2013

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church wins GIPL award

Congratulations to PCUSA Earth Care Congregation St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker, GA! They just received a grant from Georgia Interfaith Power & Light to install more energy efficient lighting in their education building. They are also the fourth church in Georgia to earn GIPL’s Creation Wise certification in recognition of their work on energy conservation, sustainable gardening, water conversation, sustainable purchasing, and waste reduction.


Learn more about this wonderful congregation and their exciting ministries here.

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September 21, 2012

Earth Care Congregations at the White House!

Last Thursday, September 13th, I joined other PCUSA colleagues, Leslie Woods (Office of Public Witness) and J Herbert Nelson (Office of Public Witness), at a fabulous EPA ENERGY STAR program on “Greening America’s Congregations through Energy Efficiency” at the White House. Members of 5 local Earth Care Congregations also attended, as well as an Earth Care Congregation in Montevallo, AL (being recognized for being ENERGY STAR certified). I was invited to present on a panel about dynamic denominational campaigns and did so by sharing the PCUSA Earth Care Program with the audience. It was wonderful to be able ...

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August 9, 2011

Glenshaw Presbyterian Church's Earth Care Efforts

Glenshaw Presbyterian Church (GPC) in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania was certified as an Earth Care Congregation in June 2011. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ran a story about the church’s environmental stewardship efforts and Earth Care Congregations certification on August 4. Read the article. I also received the update below from Beth Egan, a church member and participant in the Environmental Ministries Action Network. Thanks to Beth for sending this, and to Glenshaw PC for its working caring for God’s creation.

Glenshaw Presbyterian Church has been actively caring for God's creation for at least the last 10 years with the leadership ...

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