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Environmental Stewardship Committee

The Environmental Stewardship Committee works to educate churches on issues of environmental integrity and promotes specific actions that each church community and member can take to act with greater environmental responsibility. We do this because we believe that creation is yet another one of God’s gifts to us, and it is our responsibility to care for it.

We encourage all synod churches to

  • increase their commitments to recycle
  • use recycled materials
  • reduce the amount of waste produced
  • conduct energy audits
  • adopt cleaner and renewable energy sources
  • work to protect our precious shared resources of land, air, and water

We are committed to the goal set by the 2010 Synod Assembly of reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 5% a year, with the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 25-40% by 2020.

What steps—small or large—is your congregation taking to care for creation? Let us know at mnysgreen@gmail.com.


EVENTS

Get involved in the People's Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014.

Over the weekend of Sept. 19-21, while the UN is in town, thousands of people will march in New York to demand meaningful action towards a strong and ambitious treaty to curb global warming pollution and combat the climate crisis. There will be a strong faith presence at the march; we hope many of you are already planning to be there.

Many marchers will be coming from out-of-town - from all parts of this country and even from other lands - and will need housing. We're asking churches and other faith-based institutions to provide accommodations for one, two, or three nights for these out-of-town guests, in keeping with the ancient Christian tradition of hospitality. Please consider making your sanctuary or meeting-room floor available for marchers' sleeping bags, and/or inviting marchers into your homes. Sign up to provide hospitality for participants in the People’s Climate March. A link will be posted here soon to register for overnight accomodations.

We are inviting representatives from across the entire ELCA to join us at the march. Please contact Gerry Falco, Pat Almonrode, or Terra Rowe to add your voice to this historic event.

RESOURCES

Energy Audits

LIPA (Long Island Power Authority)
Free energy audits for non-profit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Call directly: 631-755-5390.

ConEd and Willdan Energy Solutions
Free energy audits and incentives up to 70% for equipment upgrades--for the five boroughs and Westchester County

NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Performs $100 energy audits for non-profit organizations in the following counties: Sullivan, Ulster, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, Westchester, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and New York

Cool Congregations
Figure out your congregation’s carbon footprint using a calculator specifically formulated for houses of worship 

The Daylight Savings Company
Exclusive energy auditor for the Bronx, Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties, with Long Island capabilities as well

Energy Star Portfolio Manager
Helps you track and assess energy and water consumption within individual buildings

ELCA Mission Investment Fund Building Consultants
LEED-accredited and/or trained church building consultants are available to assist your congregation with a basic energy audit

Solar Panels & Other Renewable Energy Sources

New York State funding sources
Tax credits, rebates, grants and loans for renewable energy

Examples of Large-Scale Congregational Projects

Emanuel Lutheran Church, Pleasantville, New York

Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Chatham, New Jersey

Worship Resources

The Green Bible
Printed on recycled paper, this Bible highlights verses and passages about God's care for creation in green and offers essays

Eco-Justice Ministries
Liturgical resources, prayers, sermons, and hymns

Climate Change Information

RealClimate
Climate information from working climate scientists

Skeptical Science
Taking a look at global warming skepticism

Organizations

Lutherans Restoring Creation

Earth Ministry

ELCA Caring for Creation

National Council of Churches of Christ Eco-Justice Programs

Long Island Interfaith Environmental Network 

National Religious Partnership for the Environment 

New York Interfaith Power and Light

Alliance of Religions and Conservation

Green Faith

 

Lutherans Go Green

Ecological Reflections for the Easter Season, Year C

 

Energy Audits Lead to Big SavingsFordham, Bronx’s $1,000 investment turns into $7,000 worth of energy improvements

 

Going Solar: Emanuel, Pleasantville installs solar panels on the church roof

 

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Pat Almonrode

Gerard Falco, chair
The Rev. John Flack
Sarah Gioe, staff

Barbara Hansen

Kristin Quell

Terra Rowe
Odd Sangesland

 

 

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