What is a Green Team?
A Green Team is a group of individuals within a place of worship that work together to coordinate greening/environmental efforts. It may be a sub-committee of another group or it may stand alone within the faith community.
Green Teams can be made up of anyone interested in the greening process and may include members of other committees such as social action/community, building/property, worship, education, etc.
It is important to establish a Green Team Leader to help coordinate the team efforts and liaise with Greening Sacred Spaces staff.
Developing a group of members in your faith community to promote eco-sustainability
We are strong believers in the power of small groups to change the world.
Your efforts to live more sustainably, combined with others, send a powerful message to your faith community, neighbourhood, and beyond.
It sends a message that you are increasingly living in a sacred balance with creation — a spiritually rewarding journey that opens us to the beauty, wonder, and responsibility of harmonious living with the Earth.
A Guide to Developing a "Green Team" in Your Faith Community
Faith & the Common Good has developed a comprehensive guide for developing a green team, as well as detailed information on Steps to Greening for the Green Team.
In this guide we look at the various changes you could put in place to make your faith community a greener place. But knowing and talking about things is not the same as actually doing them.
That is what this guide is for — to help you get things done by examining the processes that you might use to realize your green vision. We look at personal initiative as well as the art of joining with others to create a ‘Green Team’, and the kinds of activities your team could promote around your sacred space.
This document is designed to help develop a group of members in your faith community who wish to actively promote eco-sustainability. It offers advice on recruiting, motivating, and organizing people, and provides a number of suggestions about what a ‘Green Team’ can do to help bring about change.
Overview of Contents
- The power of one
- Joining with others
- Developing a Green Team: Who should join, involving youth, and motivating people
- What does a Green Team do: Education, Advocacy, Facilitating Action, and Networking
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The guide is also available in a pdf format, available for free download by registered members of our free online network. Join today! Already a member? Log in and visit the Guides page for the download link.
We have a Green Team — How do we register it with Greening Sacred Spaces?
Once you've established a Green Team or are in the beginning stages, sign your faith community up for the Greening Sacred Spaces online network. Once registered, you will be able to create a profile for your faith community Green Team, link with other green teams, and access additional tools and resources.