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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.


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 free energy assessments for non-profit organizations 

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 Green
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

Day of Prayer for Environment
Our synod joined with others for a day dedicated to prayer for the care of creation. 

Lutheran Study Guide to Pope Francis' letter on Climate Change

This is a four week educational resource from Hudson Valley Cooperative, which is funded by the Sower's Project and led by Terra Rowe. Intended for adult education in churches, as well as college and seminary classrooms, this resource also takes up the theme of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. 

Week 1: Introduction: climate change and faith

Week 2: Claimed by God, claiming our calling

Week 3: Gathered into an integral ecology

Week 4: Sent: Eco-reformation

Climate Change Information

Climate information from working climate scientists

Skeptical Science
Taking a look at global warming skepticism


Lutherans Restoring Creation

Earth Ministry

ELCA Caring for Creation

Creation Justice Ministries

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

The Rev. James O'Hanlon

Kristin Quell

Terra Rowe



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