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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, 2015

Updates from Crosslake Presbyterian Church: solar panels and other projects

Submitted by pastor emeritus and chair of the congregation’s Energy Stewardship Task Force, Rev. Rodger Grussing

 

Crosslakes Presbyterian Church photo voltaic system 

 

Our modest photo- voltaic (p-v) system has been operating for a year and a half. Our “above code” building is now 12 years old. The geothermal system has been operating for nearly twelve years and the forest was purchased 14 years ago. Wind generated electricity units have been purchased for eleven years.

Recently, financial and volunteer energy concerns led session to postpone an expansion of the p-v because the congregation was in the midst constructing an addition to the building built largely with ...

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August 26, 2014

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church dedicates community-support solar system!

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church dedicates largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia; Launches new model making solar possible for any community group in West Virginia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Dan Conant, Solar Holler                                          (802) 595-0338
                        Than Hitt, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church  (304) 268-4886

Shepherdstown, WV—In a first of its kind project, residents and businesses in this West Virginia small town have come together to do what was once out of reach—making solar power accessible for any church or non-profit in one of the most coal-dependent states in America.

Tuesday morning, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church members, project organizers ...

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July 8, 2014

Trinity Presbyterian in Santa Cruz Installs Solar

 Trinity PC Santa Cruz rooftop solar panels

Members at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz, CA, decided to take the leap of faith and apply for a loan to install solar panels on their church building. In an article about stewardship for the church newsletter, church member Russ Hobbs wrote about "solar coming to Trinity" as a brainstorm that began with replacing styrofoam cups with washable ones. As church members brainstormed the many ways they could care better for God's creation, after talking about water conservation and replacing styrofoam, they came upon the idea of solar panels and decided to explore it.

 

Hobbs wrote this about ...

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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 ...

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March 24, 2014

Celebrating Ferncliff's Eco-Center Dedication!

Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center recently hosted the national conference of Presbyterians for Earth Care (October 2013) and for years has been making numerous environmental changes. We celebrate the recent completion and upcoming dedication of its Eco-Center. I saw it in person last October and was duly impressed. I'm very thankful for this witness at a Presbyterian camp, and for all the hard work of so many who were involved.

 

 Fencliff Eco-Center dedication invitation

 

See the press release below, and/or learn about Ferncliff at http://www.ferncliff.org/.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

March 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The largest straw bale building in ...

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