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Greening Your Faith Community

Greening Sacred Spaces

Motivating Green Teams

Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) is our longest-running program. A practical program, GSS assists faith communities with both the educational and spiritual dimensions of greening as well as the “how to” side of audits, retrofits and generally reducing a faith community’s footprint.

We have developed a number of resources with workshops, videos and webinars, case studies, posters, guides, tip sheets, building audits, energy benchmarking, certification, awards, and more — to help faith groups become community leaders in working towards a more sustainable future for all.

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Steps to Greening

Living Faithfully – Living Green: Steps to Greening Steps to Greening is intended to give you and your faith community a quick overview of what is possible as you plan to green your sacred spaces. Click on the image to go directly to the step you are interested in, or browse below to see the steps one by one.1.Introduction Steps to Greening is intended to give you and your faith community a quick overview of what is possible as you plan to green your sacred spaces (your religious building, community buildings, and your homes). While the various projects ...

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Forming 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.

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GSS Certification

Why Certification? Receive recognition for the greening efforts that your faith community undertakes, no matter how big or small. Celebrate and motivate! Our Certification program is a measurable way to motivate for action. Whether you are just getting started or are ready for the next level of greening, the Greening Sacred Spaces Certification program is an excellent way to engage your faith community...

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Celebrating Success – Green Sacred Space Awards

Green Sacred Space Awards recognize the contributions of faith communities who demonstrate commitment in the care of the environment through action. All actions in support of the sustainability of life on our planet are critical and urgent.These awards provide an opportunity for diverse faith traditions to come together with the shared purpose of affirming, celebrating and thanking those who lead the way for all of us in stewardship.

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Resources

Financing Options for Greening Your Sacred Space

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A brief overview of some options by which your faith community can finance energy audits, and proceed with retrofits. There are many types of potential funding for your project, provided by many different sources. Which ones you use will depend on your needs, your financial situation, and your eligibility.

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Steps to Greening

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Steps to Greening is intended to give you and your faith community a quick overview of what is possible as you plan to green your sacred spaces and a ‘path’ to follow.

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