Re-created native habitat replaces lawn, reduces CO2, prevents runoff

2014 Cool Congregations Challenge Winner SAGRED GROUNDS STEWARD Category St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Carmel, IN Faith tradition: United Church of Christ Cost Savings: $2,000 annual savings CO2 Reduction: 3.7 metric tons CO2 per year St. Peter’s UCC has approximately 2.5 acres of ground surrounding the church building, much of it having been planted […]

2012 Winner in Grounds and Water Conservation

Homeless people aren’t simply getting a handout at the free Saturday brunch at University United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. They also helped the congregation win the national Grounds and Water Conservation award in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. University UMC is an urban church with a number of social justice ministries, including Open Door, […]

Sustainable urban oasis

The Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga approved a plan to revitalize our 2-acre grounds using sustainable landscaping practices, believing the grounds embody our relationship with the natural world and should provide an urban oasis for all life, for the greater glory of God. Grace is situated on a corner of two busy roads in […]

Eyesore lot to lush garden

St. Michael’s Green Committee received permission to beautify a corner lot that adjoins our property and which had become an eyesore in recent years. Once permission was granted, parishioners trimmed trees and brush, picked up garbage, tilled the ground and prepared it for planting. Nehemiah Project youth helped. The Green Committee chose to work in […]

Zero waste events

St. Mary of the Hills is a small Episcopal Church located in the quaint village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Our church is home to a diverse congregation of 300 folks made up of both year-round and seasonal people. Throughout priest changes and membership changes, a core group of parishioners has been determinedly steadfast in […]

Pumpkins for composting

“You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly.” (Psalms 65:9) “When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12) Every year, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church has a pumpkin sale in October. It is […]

Caring for precious water

The Central Cares for Creation (C3) Ministry Team of Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis wanted to do more for God’s Creation and be a model for its community and other congregations. The Team embarked on a “year of water” in conjunction with a storm water management project. A mandate from the City of Minneapolis […]

Urban garden bliss in Charlotte

In furthering its ongoing environmental stewardship and education mission, Central United Methodist Church has created and completed several ground and water conservation initiatives in 2011. Located in an ethnically- and socio-economically diverse urban area of Charlotte, NC, Central has focused its efforts this year on creating a community garden to benefit congregants, local residents, and […]