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Free Downloadable Resources

These free downloadable tip sheets provide ideas and resources for greening our faith communities, our spirituality, and our homes. If you have any questions or comments, please email resources@faithcommongood.org.

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Tip Sheets

How to Use the Green Rule

Green Rule How toNew in 2018! This companion to the Green Rule poster and the Green Rule study guide provides suggestions on how to use these resources for general or specific group discussions, including:

  • eco-theology
  • eco-justice
  • social justice
  • eco-spirituality
  • interfaith dialogue
  • seniors' or meditation group
  • holy days
  • environmental education
  • creative arts and/or youth groups
  • schools
  • special events
     

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Energy Efficiency Tools

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New in 2018! Our energy benchmarking team has created a series of graphics to help your faith community reduce energy and facilitate recycling efforts.

Each item shown here is available in both pdf format for printing and high resolution jpg.

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Please Sort Your Waste

 

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Please Turn Down the Temp

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Outdoor Greening Fact Sheets

outdoor_fact_sheets_2017.JPGNew in 2017! Let your sacred space be an example for your Care for Creation mission! Learn about sustainable practices for water and energy including xeriscaping, rain gardens, and waterwise strategies in the new Outdoor Greening Fact Sheets. Read about the possibilities of turning a section of your faith community property into an ecological haven for wildlife including pollinators such as insects and birds. Get to know more about the benefits of planting native species of grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees for your new meditation or prayer garden or in your memorial grounds. A special thanks to our funders the Ottawa Community Foundation and the City of Ottawa (CEPGP) for supporting the creation of these local resources!

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Options are:

  • Set of 10 fact sheets
  • Individual fact sheets:
    • 1. Sustainable Lawns, Groundcovers and Alternatives
    • 2. Landscaping for energy-savings
    • 3. Stormwater Management
    • 4. Water Conservation and Drought-tolerant Landscaping
    • 5. Hedgerows
    • 6. Choosing and planting Native Trees & Shrubs
    • 7. Wildlife-friendly Garden
    • 8. Bird-friendly Garden
    • 9. Urban Meadows
    • 10. Special Purpose Gardens: Healing, Meditation, Medicine Wheel, Labyrinth Gardens
  • Gardening Primer

Canadian Rebates and Incentives Reference

Need help to green your faith community? Find rebates and incentives to help get you started in the following areas:

  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water
  • Hot Water
  • Heating
  • Cooling

Please note: This was last updated in 2016. Rebates and incentives may be outdated at times due to changing governments and private sector programs. Please visit the listed website of each program to determine if they are still active.

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Reduce Your Footprint – Tip Sheets

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Two informational sheets with tips on reducing your ecological footprint are now available:

Reduce Your Footprint – Faith Community Tips

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Reduce Your Footprint – Household Tips

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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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