Pledge to Care for Creation
As part of the recognition of Earth Day, the diocesan Stewardship Office and the Bishop’s Committee on the Environment (BCE) invites us to make a pledge to care for Creation. The BCE has created an online version you can download here.
Carbon Offset Partnership
Our diocese has a covenant partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines to offset carbon emissions. The trees planted in the Philippines through this partnership have sequestered more than 94K tons of CO2. You can be a part of this through clicking here to fund your own carbon offsets and/or helping reduce CO2 at home. You also can watch Bishop Rickel’s introductory video about the partnership.
Our diocese has also committed to the Genesis Covenant which invites every community of faith to take action to reverse global warming. Read the text of the Genesis Covenant here.
Read more about St. Andrew’s commitment to the Genesis covenant here.
St. Andrew’s Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
St. Andrew’s is a Greening Congregation in partnership with Earth Ministry, a local non-profit organization committed to engaging the Christian community in environmental stewardship. Creation Keepers Ministry seeks to increase the focus of care for God’s creation in St. Andrew’s facilities, programs & worship, as well as encourage & support individuals in taking steps in their personal lives towards a more sustainable future.
Some of the initiatives Creation Keepers is currently supporting include:
- installing solar panels at St. Andrew’s
- serving shade grown coffee and reducing waste at church events
- greening the building and grounds
- raising awareness and action addressing climate change
- improving our level of recycling around the church building & offices
- engaging in food & faith issues such as eating locally grown foods that are lower on the food chain & eating in community.
Our organic vegetable garden supplements our food ministry by providing fresh produce for our monthly Jubilee dinners. Creation Keepers provides for on-site composting.
Creation Keepers has received grants from Seattle Public Utilities to develop a robust recycling, on-site composting & waste management system and from Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment to support parishioners’ efforts to reduce energy use in homes.
Read the text of a recent forum on Climate Change by The Rev. Richard Gillett here.
Carbon Neutral Partnership with the Diocese of Southern Philippines
If you are interested in participating or learning more about Creation Keepers, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org