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Brian Frick is the Associate for Camp and Conferences Ministries with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has been involved in camp and conference ministry since high school. For the past ten years, Brian has served as program director of Johnsonburg Center in New Jersey, Westminster Woods in California, and Heartland Center in Missouri.

Camp and conference ministry compliments and partners with other ministry aspects of our church to foster faith development and reflection. As our communities and our church changes, our ministries need to grow and adapt with creative and emergent programming and leadership to meet new realities.

These blogs entries, though varied, are intended to spur thought and conversation around the opportunities and challenges before us.

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September 27, 2011

If a Tree Falls in the Woods...

Green Operations by HABIT

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the first part of the Sustainable Pathways event on Eco-Sustainability at Ferncliff.

Keynotes featured by “Hospitality Green” kicked off the night.  If a tree falls in the woods question is really about who perceives the sound and who decides what it means to perceive the sound?

Does being green only matter if someone is there to see it?  If ourwater is dripping, we leave the lights on, and throw out recycling and no one sees it, does it matter?
Of course it does.

Moving beyond behavior – having to remember to get your reusable bags out of the car before going into the grocery store, and into habit – bringing bags with you into every store, and noticing you have them in your hand when you are really only in a store for a return, not a purchase – is a goal to strive for.

Do you consider yourself green?  Do you have to remember to do things?  Do you do them now without even knowing?  Do you have receptacles and other resources at your center so that for those who green practices are a habit, have a place to practice their commitment without having to ask you?  How can you “up your game” and move your behaviors into practices?

Tags: camp, camp and conference, church, conference, earth care, eco-care, environmental, green, green operations, hospitality, operations, pcusa