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Minnesota Episcopal
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Episcopal Church in Minnesota
 
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Green Episcopal Congregations in Minnesota
A Program of the Minnesota Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission

Activities and Point Values

Introduction

For each level of recognition the congregation needs 30 points. Below are the categories and a few examples. To save paper and facilitate ongoing development, the bulk of the program material is located at the MEESC website (www.env-steward.com). There you will find extensive lists of ideas, resources, and action steps with point values assigned. They are intended to spark your creativity, not constrain it. If you come up with an activity you'd like to do, propose it to the Green Congregations contact person at the above web address and agree on a point value.

Education (up to 4 points per level):

1 point per hour.

See the list on our website if you need ideas for educational activities .

Activities Specifically for Children (up to 6 points per level):

2 points per hour.
See the list on our website if you need ideas for children's activities.

Worship / Preaching (up to 6 points per level):

Examples:

  • 1 point per creation care sermon.
  • 2 points per Sunday that includes creation care themed music, prayers of the people, Eucharistic prayer, and sermon. These might be celebrated on Earth Day, near Rogation Days, near the Feast of St. Francis, or as part of a Creation Season.

See the list on our website if you need ideas for sermons or for worship.

Programs and Support (up to 10 points per level):

For example: Use cups and dishes that can be washed and re-used.

  • ½ point per parish event or
  • 3 points if adopted for all coffee hours
  • 5 points if adopted for all events including coffee hours.

See the list on our website for a list of activities and values. You may also propose your own ideas to the Green Congregations contact person.

A major initiative may be awarded more than 10 points or be spread across more than one level. Consult the Green Congregations contact person.

Buildings and Grounds (up to 20 points per level):

Examples:

  • Seal air leaks to the outdoors: 5 points
  • Increase insulation in roof or attic: 15 points.

See the list on our website for a list of activities and values. You may also propose your own ideas to the Green Congregations contact person.

Community Involvement (up to 15 points per level):

See the list on our website for a list of activities and values. You may also propose your own ideas to the Green Congregations contact person.

Green Activities at Home (up to 20 points per level):

The green team picks one or more action steps to promote throughout the congregation. Members turn in a card when they have completed each step.
Whatever percentage of the average Sunday attendance takes a particular step, the congregation receives an equal percentage of the points assigned for that action, times two. Thus in the example above, if 75% of the congregation sealed air leaks and added insulation to their roof or attic, the congregation could count 30 points toward the next level. [75% times 20 points, times 2.]

See the list on our website for a list of activities

Previous work:

Property improvements going back 5 years, or ongoing activities may be counted toward the Spring Green level. For activities at home a commitment to maintain the structure or continue the activity is promised on the card.

Covenant:

If your congregation is interested in participating in this program, please download the Program Covenant (PDF or HTML) and contact MEESC to arrange for a contact person to meet with you and your Vestry or Bishop's Committee.


Download a PDF version of the above (includes program description)

 

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