Charitable and Faith-Based Sustainability (CFS) Resource Library Page

Resource Library: Greening Your Place of Worship 

See how other congregations, denominations, and religious institutions have committed to helping our environment.

Congregational Leadership:

  • Plant with Purpose, Environmental Stewardship is a Spiritual Calling
  • Alliance of Religions and Conservation, Inspirational and Thoughtful Devotions about Creation and Conservation from Different Religious Traditions

http://www.arcworld.org/news.asp?pageID=698

  • Interfaith Power & Light, Religious Statements on Creation Care and Climate Change
  • The Nation’s Health, Faith-based Groups Making Climate, Health a Priority: Public Health Joins Faith Groups on Food Access, Sustainability

https://www.thenationshealth.org/content/47/5/1.1

  • Nature of Cities, How Can Religion Help in the Pursuit of Urban Sustainability?
  • National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program, Global Warming from a Religious Perspective

https://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/climatefactsheet.pdf

Sustainability Guides, Tools & Checklists:

  • Flourish Magazine, Eight Starter Ideas for Churches Who Care about Creation
  • Revising Creation, How to Start a Green Team at Your Church
  • Eco-Justice Ministries, Greening Your Church:  Getting Started & Doing the Basics

http://www.eco-justice.org/Greening-Basics.asp

  • Church of Christ, Checklist for Green Congregations: Building, Grounds, and Practices

https://www.cofchrist.org/common/cms/resources/Documents/Green-Congregation-Checklist.pdf

  • California Interfaith Power & Light, Setting Up an Environmental Ministry in Your House of Worship

https://www.interfaithpower.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/EnviroMinistrySetUp-IF-Feb2017.pdf

  • Green Sabbath Project, Green Sabbath Activities

https://www.greensabbathproject.net/sabbath-activities

  • Faith & the Common Good, Sustainability Tools

https://www.faithcommongood.org/guides

  • Kitchen Stewardship, Greening Your Church: 9 Stewardship Strategies that Won’t Break the Budget

https://www.kitchenstewardship.com/greening-your-church-9-stewardship-strategies-that-wont-break-the-budget/

  • Flourish Magazine, Cutting Down Plastic Waste at Church, Saving Waters Indoors and Doing a Walkability Audit

http://www.flourishonline.org/2011/05/5446/. http://www.flourishonline.org/2011/02/water-conservation-at-church-saving-water-indoors/ and http://www.flourishonline.org/2009/12/doing-walkability-audits-as-a-church-community/

Stewardship Success Stories:

  • Interfaith Power & Light, Sustainability Success Stories
  • National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Stewardship Stories

http://www.nrpe.org/stewardship-stories.html

  • St. James Cathedral, A Greening Congregation

https://www.stjames-cathedral.org/pubs/Midst/10july/green.htm

  • Sonoran Institute and Watershed Management Group, Rain Garden to Address Flooding with Desert Plants at New Hope/Nueva Esperanza United Methodist Church

https://sonoraninstitute.org/2018/rain-garden/

  • Tucson.com, St. Francis to celebrate new solar panels

https://tucson.com/news/local/foothills/st-francis-to-celebrate-new-solar-panels/article_02f66b21-3a13-5a16-b40f-0f2bf0c327e6.html

  • The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, St. Philip’s to Get Solar Panels

https://www.azdiocese.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3150128

  • Orange County Catholic, Tucson Catholic Church Touts Solar Panels 
  • Columbus Dispatch, Churches Find Savings, Higher Purpose in Energy Efficiency

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20170723/churches-find-savings-higher-purpose-in-energy-efficiency

  • Eliot Church of Newton, Energy Efficiency & Community Engagement

http://www.eliotchurch.org/uploads/2/3/5/7/23574592/eliot_newton_casestudy_2014_09-26.pdf

Local Resources:

  • Arizona Interfaith Power & Light

https://azipl.org/

  • Watershed Management Group

https://watershedmg.org/

  • Realm Sustainable Solutions

https://www.realmenvironments.com/

  • Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Trees for Tucson
  • City of Tucson Environmental Services

https://www.tucsonaz.gov/environmental-services

  • Pima County, Department of Environmental Quality

https://webcms.pima.gov/government/environmental_quality/

  • Physicians for Responsibility, Resilient Neighborhoods

https://www.buildingresilientneighborhoods.org/

  • Robert Bulechek, Energy Efficiency Consultant and Rater

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bulechek/

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