What does faith have to do with climate change or the environment? As people of faith, we hold the power of hope and truth-seeking in our hands. Our lives find purpose and are rooted in our scriptures, ethic, and moral code. Let us share our own power and light with the world.
- Eat everything you buy: 25% (some say as much as 40%) of food purchased in the USA goes to waste. Buying and cooking only what you need, avoiding waste and spoilage is good stewardship and good economics!
- Eat enough (but not too much): 2/3 of American adults and 17% of American children are overweight or obese. If we eat only what we need (most of the time) we are living in a way that promotes health and allows others to share in the bounty of Creation.
- Cook from scratch and compost cooking scraps and foods that are not eaten: Returning the nutrients to the food chain cycle promotes soil health, reduces the need for fertilizers and reduces the burden on landfills. Cooking from scratch is vastly superior to heating up prepared, boxed, canned, or processed foods which are low on flavor and nutrition and high on carbon costs including packaging/solid waste.
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This document was primarily created by members of Temple Emanuel Greensboro and based on their successful solar panel project, completed in 2011. Contributions are also from members of Myers Park Baptist, Charlotte and the Pastor of 1st Congregational United Church of Christ, Asheville.
Please note that this document is to serve as a guide, rather than a literal step-by-step process. How individual congregations pursue this process must reflect their own particular decision making procedures and policies.
Please download the PDF to get full details about these 8 key steps:
1. Gather initial group of interested congregants and clergy.
2. Determine the solar suitability of a building.
3. Gain Approval for Project
4. Divide into sub-committees (each with its own chair)
5. Announce to Congregation and Build Enthusiasm
6. Development Campaign
7. Solar Panels Installation