What is Green Congregations?
The City of Columbia's Green Congregations program is a voluntary program to encourage faith-based organizations to take proactive steps to: 1) improve their environmental record while saving money and being good stewards of the Earth; and 2) engage their members to take individual steps to improve the environment.
To encourage faith-based organizations to improve the efficiency of their facilities and thus improve their bottom line
To educate and engage members on ways they can positively impact the environment both as individuals and collective as congregation members
How to Become a Green Congregations Member
Begin by establishing a Green Team consisting of congregation members and facility staff members
Consider what actions the organization is already taking in the areas of water conservation, energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling and/or pollution prevention
Identify two significant goals (one for the congregation, one for the facility) for the coming year in the areas of water conservation, energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling and/or pollution prevention.
Complete and submit a Green Congregations application. Upon approval, participants will receive a Green Congregations decal and certificate, as well as a listing on CPAC's website.
Work to implement your goals.
Renew certification annually.
Resources and Links
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
2910 Colonial Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Mary Pat Baldauf, Sustainability Facilitator
(803) 545-2722 (CPAC)
Most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance. Your congregation can more easily improve stewardship of your budget's energy dollars, and of the earth by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while protecting the environment.