“Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” – Philippians 3:17
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In our efforts to teach and preach creation care, we also must take concrete action. Below find several resources to assist you in making your campus more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
- In order for a seminary to successfully implement and sustain a comprehensive program of campus sustainability that is grounded in scripture, it is necessary to articulate the components of the initiative, why they are important and how and by whom they will be implemented. This can be accomplished through the creation of a formal environmental or sustainability policy that is endorsed by the highest level of leadership and widely published throughout the institution.
A seminary’s overall sustainability policy should evolve from, and be an extension of, the vision for scripture-based sustainability discussed above.
Specific policies can address and provide guidelines for:
- Waste management
- Energy management
- Water management
- Food systems
- Toxic materials
- Building design, construction and renovation
- Housekeeping and maintenance
- Energy audit instructions
- LEED building process: U.S. Green Building Council; Green Buildings in Higher Education from AASHE:
- ENERGY STAR resources
- Energy efficiency and indoor air quality for schools
- Free Download: For the worship facility on campus, the Putting Energy into Stewardship Guide
- Free Download: 4-page executive summary of pending “Action Workbook for Congregations” has many helpful tips
- Free Download: College student energy activity guide
- How to create an ENERGY STAR Showcase Dorm Room
- ENERGY STAR college course is a free download
- Conservative church case study: Preston Woods Baptist
- Other worship facility success stories
- Bookstore/merchandising sourcing/purchasing, by analyzing the carbon footprint (packaging, transportation, sustainable manufacturing processes) of college/university-themed merchandise, the treatment of workers and the ethics of the vendors of such merchandise, and by bulk purchasing from sustainable/ethical vendors. (Resources on Sustainable Purchasing in Higher Education from AASHE)
- Requiring a “carbon footprint calculator” as part of pre-enrollment materials/activities/requirements with Campus Carbon Calculator from Clean Air- Cool Planet
- Cool Congregations Carbon Calculator For Households from Interfaith Power and Light
Description: The following comes from Environmental Sustainability: Getting Started Guide
The successful development, implementation and maintenance of an environmental sustainability program grounded in scripture provides your seminary with an opportunity to share this work with the board and sponsor, the public and the larger community. One effective means by which some organizations carry this out is through the development of a communication plan.