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Link to most recent Power Point about Earth Care Congregations

Beginnings - Web of Creation Green Congregation - 2008

On January 13, 2008, Montevallo Presbyterian Church established its Green Team with the intent of making a formal commitment to minimizing its environmental impacts and honoring its mission to care for creation. Also on this date the session approved our affiliation with the Green Congregation Program endorsed by the Web of Creation and approved adoption of the Green Congregation Mission Statement. In March of 2008, we became a certified green congregation.

Areas addressed through our activities include:

  • Energy usage and management
  • Water usage and management
  • Waste stream reduction and management
  • Impacts of our activities to air, water, and land
  • Reduction of toxic substances
  • Environmental education
  • Care of creation in worship, liturgy, and prayer
  • Use of organic products

On March 5, 2008, Green Team members conducted an initial environmental audit of our church activities. A second audit was done in late 2009 to document improvements.

In an effort to control and minimize our environmental impacts, we established a maintenance checklist with a monthly schedule of maintenance activities performed by our church members. These activities include:

  • Cleaning and changing HVAC filters
  • Cleaning condensing units
  • Monitoring for water leaks
  • Using T8 and CFL bulbs
  • Maintaining weather-stripping
  • Landscaping with native plants to reduce/eliminate the need for watering
  • Eliminating the use of toxic herbicides and pesticides
  • Composting yard waste and leaves
  • Conducting environmental audits of our facilities

Other improvements include:

  • Recycling metals, plastics, paper, and glass
  • Eliminating the use of paper and Styrofoam plates and cups at church functions
  • Installing ceiling fans
  • Installing energy efficient windows
  • Placing water heater on a timer so that it comes on only when needed
  • Purchasing Energy Star appliances
  • Installing programmable thermostats

Our monthly church newsletter, Grace Notes, includes environmental scriptures and information. Members of our Green Team present faith-based environmental information to our community through participation in the activities of the Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama.

A Power Point presentation on greening the congregation was given by our Green Team at the November, 2009, Presbytery meeting and at the Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama 2009 Energy Forum.

EPA Energy Star award for Montevallo Presbyterian Church building - 2010

In 2010, the Montevallo Presbyterian Church building met the requirements to receive the EPA Energy Star for Congregations. During the renovation of part of our 100-year-old sanctuary, our congregation followed the criteria for qualifying for the Energy Star label for houses of worship. A profile of our building is on the Energy Star site.

Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation - 2011

In 2011, Montevallo Presbyterian Church became a Presbyterian (USA) Earth Care Congregation. Earth Care Congregations are congregations that have committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Congregations earning 25 points in each of the four categories are certified as Earth Care Congregations. A complete guide to becoming an Earth Care Congregation is available in pdf format.

Links to Resources for Green Congregations

Web of Creation - The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives.

Earth Ministry, a non-profit organization founded in 1992, seeks "to inspire and mobilize the Christian community to play a leadership role in building a just and sustainable future."

Presbyterians for Earth Care - Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC), formerly Presbyterians for Restoring Creation, is a nationwide network that cares for God’s Creation by connecting with God and others through biblical and theological reflection, study, and experiencing God in Creation; equipping members with news and effective tools and resources; inspiring members through conferences on timely eco-justice issues and Creation-honoring worship.

Enviromental Justice Ministries (PCUSA) - In 1990, the 202nd General Assembly of PC(USA) passed a policy called "Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice" which stands as the foundation for the work of the Environmental Justice Ministry along with the policies "Hazardous Waste, Race and the Environment" (1995) and "Toward a Just and Sustainable Human Development" (1996).

National Council of Churches Theological Statement on the Environment - The NCC’s Eco-Justice Working Group decided to ask leading theologians to gather in the fall of 2004 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., to work on a theological statement to counter arguments that the environment is not an issue that should concern Christians. In order to produce a theologically grounded statement, the group issued invitations to theologians who were well versed in ecumenism and the doctrine of their own church bodies.

Links to Resources About Alabama Environmental Issues

Bama Environmental News - This site provides links to news stories about current environmental issues. Maintained by Pat Byington, a well-known leader in seeking environmental solutions for our state, this site is a gateway to "What's happening in the state of Alabama to help protect the air, water, and land for the state's people, and generations to come."

Alabama Water Watch - Alabama Water Watch (AWW) is a citizen volunteer, water quality monitoring program covering all of the major river basins in Alabama. AWW is a part of the Global Water Watch network. The AWW vision is to have a citizen monitor on every stream, river, lake and coast in Alabama. Several members of the Montevallo Presbyterian Church Green Team are certified Water Watch volunteers and monitor water quality on the Cahaba River near Living River Camp and Conference Center.

Montevallo Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, Synod of the Living Waters, Presbyterian Church (USA).
Mailing address: P.O. Box 456, Montevallo, AL 35115
Church location: 510 Shelby Street
Office & Student Center (Forbes House): 820 Vine Street
Phone: 205-665-7360

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Last updated 04 November 2012