Earth Care Congregations Network (ECN)

In recognition of the grace we have received from our savior Jesus Christ and of God’s gift of creation, our vision is that each congregation in the National Capital Presbytery will deepen its understanding of and take action for:

  • Our personal and corporate spiritual connection to and love for all of God’s creation,

  • Our responsibility as stewards to care lovingly and justly for all creation,

  • Our urgent need for sustainable living,

And further, that these understandings should be reflected not only in each congregation’s worship, mission, and witness, but also in the daily life of each individual.  FAQ

Our mission is to reach out to all congregations in the national capital area to encourage and assist them in developing these understandings and actions to protect God’s creation. To do this we will provide leadership, resources and support to:

  • Change the lives of people and congregations.

  • Guide sustainable living.

  • Enable environmental stewardship, witness and outreach.

See our Network Charter as well as our final report for 2018.

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Grant Opportunities

Earth Care “Power to Change”

Purpose: The PCUSA calls congregations to care for God’s creation and to aspire to live carbon neutral lives. The grant provides matching funds up to $2,000 per congregation for actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water at churches or educate and advocate to further such actions. Appropriate projects: energy audit of the church building, improve building insulation, install energy saving sensors, LED lights, 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. To apply for a Power to Change grant, please complete both the Part I Common Grant Application and the Part II Power to Change Grant Application. (This may pop-up in another window... or check your Downloads file!) Please submit all grant applications to Susan Drilea at and Susan Berry at HERE for a list of “Power to Change” funded grants.



A free Trees for Sacred Places Program provides everything faith communities need for tree planting: native trees, a planting plan in consultation with the congregation, and an educational/spiritual workshop tailored specifically for Presbyterians. All religious-owned property (congregational grounds, retreat center, summer camp, retirement community, etc.) that has open spaces can be converted from lawn to forest.  Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Trust fund the program.  Contact Bonnie Sorak from Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake at or call 443-779-0349.  

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment sponsors RiverSmart Communities, which partners with churches (and others) to install rainwater-friendly landscape features in DC. David Wooden, a member at New York Ave PC, is a contact for this program. For more information contact

MENTORING PROGRAM – Because some congregations may find the certification process somewhat daunting, the NCP Earth Care Network has established a mentoring program of people in our Presbytery whom you can consult to help you understand and apply the certification process in your church. 

Click HERE for more information.

Resources and links

To become certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church fills out the Earth Care Pledge and tracks its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. To download the form to become an Earth Care Congregation (which includes the Earth Care Pledge and the congregational self-audit), click here. Follow directions on

Want to learn more about the Earth Care Congregations program? Download a PowerPoint presentation to share with your congregation.

“Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches

See a list of churches that are certified as Earth Care Congregations

Find out more about the Restoring Creation Loan Program for Churches interested in green building improvements

Subscribe to Econotes Newsletter from this link.

Resource Contacts:

PCUSA Environmental Ministries/Jessica Maudlin:   jessica.maudlin@pcusa.orgGreater Washington Interfaith Power and Light 
Contact Joelle Novey:

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

Network Information and Contacts

David Kepley (Providence) - Email

June Eakin (Warner Memorial) – Email