Earth Care Certification

     A.  Actions Performed
           1.  Worship
                 a.  one Sunday devoted to earth care 4/27/14
                 b.  one service outside 4/17/14
                 c.  one sermon about earth care 4/27/14 - Joette Steger
                 d.  one service with earth care hymns and prayers 4/27/14
                 e.  we use eco-palms on Palm Sunday
                 f.  we have a bird sanctuary
                 g.  we often serve communion by intinction
           2.  Education
                 a.  one adult series of classes with an earth care theme -Social Justice - “Christian Simplicity”
                 b.  classes held outside
                       i.  Seeds of Faith - planting children’s garden bed
                       ii.  Youth Sunday school
                  c.  Youth projects related to earth care
                        i.  gleaning
                        ii.  Seeds of Faith Garden
                        iii.  Montreat 1/2 day workshop
                   d.  articles in newsletter and/or bulletin - Seeds of Faith garden
                   e.  emails to congregation - Seeds of Faith garden
              3.  Facilities
                    a.  performed energy audit and implemented at least 2 suggested items
                    b.  performed at least two preseason check-ups to maintain the HVAC system in the last year
                    c.  HVAC systems is programmable to turn on and off at set times
                    d.  most fixtures use efficient light bulbs
                    e.  some restrooms have motion sensors on lights
                    f.  some restrooms have low flush toilets
                    g.  all faucets have aerators
                    h.  some discarded paper is recycled
                    i.  some aluminum, glass, and plastic is recycled
                    j.  some paper products purchased are recycled - toilet paper
                    k.  sometimes use reusable plates
                    l.  sometimes use reusable cups
                    m.  sometimes use reusable flatware
                    n.  half the time serve fair trade coffee
                    o.  all meals have vegetarian options
                     p.  most fertilizers used on grounds are fossil fuel based (you earn more points the LESS you use)
                      q.  bird sanctuary/wildlife habitat
                      r.  water is served from pitchers (not disposable bottles) for most events
reusable table-cloths are used most of the time
                 4.  Outreach
                       a.  nature outings
                             i.  Day at the Lake
                             ii.  Youth to Lake Johnson
                        b.  used materials were donated for reuse - Haiti - DVDs, sewing machines
                        c.  members were encouraged to contact elected officials about earth care legislation once - The Farm Bill
                        d.  church members stood in solidarity with an earth care component
                              i.  Moral Mondays
                              ii.  Owen’s trip to Nicaragua
                              iii.  protests against fracking
                              iv.  March against Monsanto
                        e.  we sponsor a mission with an earth care component -  In Haiti our efforts have planed trees, raised a garden, and supplied the orphanage with goats and chickens (which they use their scraps to feed). This year (2014) the ream will be going to the ApParent Project, all sustainable art/clothing goods made through micro-financing grants. Last year (2013) missionaries went to eco-villages to learn how to grow sustainable gardens for the orphanage. This year’s team will be using these technique to make tire gardens.
                        f.  we maintain an international partnership with missionary Sarah Junkin Woodard who works in Nicaragua with the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA), a community organization working for environmental justice in that area of the world in the areas of:
                            i.  organic cotton and sesame
                            ii.  fair trade coffee
                            iii.  handmade market
                            iv.  tree planting
                        g.  we have a community garden - Seeds of Faith
                        h.  we share our facilities with non-profit groups
                              i.  Scouting - Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
                              ii.  Avent West Children’s Mentoring program (AWCM)
                              iii.  Ladies fitness class
                              iv.  Little German Band practice
                              v.  Preschool
                          i.  youth gleaning project - The Society of St . Andrew
     B.  Goals
            1.  Worship
                  a.  celebrate “Earth Care Sunday” annually
                        i. sermon
                        ii.  hymns
                        iii.  prayers 
                   b.  build in Minutes for Mission related to earth care
                   c.  utilize outdoor worship areas
                         i.  encourage members to appreciate the bird sanctuary
                         ii.  outdoor sermons and/or classes
            2.  Education
                  a.  invite guest speakers (especially for youth) - NC State is a good resource
                  b.  take a youth trip to Duke Forest
                  c.  creatively utilize church grounds for Christian education and environmental education
                   d.  host an environmental movie and discussion evening
                   e.  create an earth care page for our website
     3.  Facilities
           a.  build a composting area - BSA Eagle project
           b.  purchase and install bike racks
           c.  establish a water catchment system - rain barrel/cistern
           d.  research and implement improvements to outdoor worship areas
                 i.  sanctuary
                 ii.  bird sanctuary
                 iii.  meditation labyrinth / prayer garden
                 iv.  columbarium
     4.  Outreach
           a.  sponsor an e-trash or household hazardous waste day
           b.  network with other churches regarding earth care
           c.  become a committee/group member of Presbyterians for Earth Care
           d.  promote alternative transportation to church, e.g. walk, bike, carpool