Why should my church care about the earth?
Why is this important for the Presbytery?
What is an Earth Care Congregation?
Examples of Earth Care Actions
PC(USA) EARTH CARE CERTIFIED CONGREGATIONS IN NCP
Knox P. C., Fairfax, VA
Providence P. C., Fairfax, VA
Rockville United Church, MD
Bradley Hills P. C., Bethesda, MD
New Hope P. C., Derwood, MD
Saint Mark P. C., Bethesda, MD
Warner Memorial P. C., Kensington, MD
Geneva P. C., Potomac, MD
Chevy Chase P. C., DC
Church of the Pilgrims, DC
What is the Earth Care Network?
• The network gathers representatives from NCP Congregations for support, to exchange ideas, to recruit and help new members, and to work together on larger issues affecting the Presbytery. Recent successes in that area include updating the Presbytery’s environmental policy statement to be in accord with the Earth Care Congregations program and changing Presbytery meeting meals and hospitality to be more sustainable. We have created and maintain a webpage on the Presbytery’s site regarding earth care activities and the Power to Change Grant Program, which we administer through the Mission Coordination Committee. NCP Earth Care Network members are eager to help any congregation interested in becoming certified or applying for a grant.
What is the NCP Power to Change grant program?
· The grant provides matching funds up to $2,000 per NCP congregation for earth stewardship projects. Funds may be used to acquire an “energy audit” of the church building including lighting, weatherization, heating and cooling systems. Other energy conservation measures may include improving building insulation or installing energy saving equipment such as sensors, programmable thermostats, LED lights, or alternative energy systems, educational Earth Care programs, advocacy of earth care issues in the public arena, projects that preserve and sustain native species and biodiversity, promote sustainable watershed protection.
What goes into the adjudication process for disseminating the Power to Change Grants?
· The NCP Earth Care Network will prioritize proposals based on the following:
o Readiness—Projects that are ready to be launched will be given a higher priority than those whose launch date is further into the future.
o Prior Power to Change Grants Recipients—Applicants who are first time applicants to this grant will be given priority over those who have been granted a Power to Change grant(s) in the past.
o Impact—Applicants whose projects are more impactful in terms like the amount of CO2 they eliminate, or numbers of people educated, or natural species helped, or policy decisions effectively advocated will receive priority consideration.
How has the grant from the Presbytery helped congregations with earth care?