Edgehill United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREEN Team

 

  

 "Our mission is to live as a faith community in covenant 

 

with God and with each other, 

 

as stewards of creation, 

using natural resources responsibly and  

helping others to do the same."

 

Edgehill United Methodist Green Team
 

          The Edgehill United Methodist Green Team was formed in the winter of 2009 as an outgrowth of a five week Sunday School class series named after the Matthew Sleeth book, “Serve God, Save the Planet”. For one of the classes, the Belmont UMC Green Team gave a presentation on their main focus -- encouraging families to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% within a year. This began a loose partnership between two Green Teams that led to the formation in 2012 of the Interfaith Earth Care Network and the district-wide United Methodist District Creation Care Coalition.

 
Outreach of the Edgehill UMC Green Team includes:
  • resource table offering books, DVDs, magazines; seasonal seeds and plants; occasional refreshments!
  • collect old batteries and CFLs to take to hazardous waste recycling
  • bulletin board
  • provide directory inserts according to zip codes, to encourage ride sharing
  • program to donate CFLs and LED light bulbs to the FreeStore           www.edgehillpartnership.org/freestore
  • help host a booth on Earth Day (Centennial Park celebration)
  • green tip of the week included in weekly email
  • have environmental classes with the summer Brighter Days program
  • lead a Sunday School class at least once a year
  • is developing a recycling system for the church
Immediate goals include:
  • working with the children and youth
  • reinstating a community garden
 

When the Edgehill Community Garden was moved to Horton Avenue, behind the Edgehill Library in early 2013, it became the Edgehill Community Memorial Garden, in memory of Keith Stevenson and Terrance Murray and all the youth "we have lost."  

 


 
The Ten Commitments
 
1. Reduce your carbon footprint by 10% in the next year.
Guidelines are available at our resource table in the atrium Sunday mornings.
There is a Carbon Calculator at the Belmont Green Team site
www.belmontgreenteam.org
 
2. Perform 10 hours of volunteer work.
Hands On Nashville www.hon@hon.org
 
 
3. Plant 10 trees or have 10 trees planted in your name in a reforestation project. A $10.00 membership in the Arbor Day Foundation (www.arborday.org
) gives you 10 free trees. Two scholarships available: contact Sally Wingate
 
 
4. Compost!
There are many ways to get started – from a simple hole in the ground to a ready-made bin.
EarthMatters offers one made from wooden pallets, which they will deliver to you, plus help you decide a location, set it up, and teach you how to use it.  
 
Two scholarships available: contact Sally Wingate
 
 
5. Eat 10 dinners a month using only plants – no meat!
 
6. Change 10 incandescent bulbs over to compact fluorescent bulbs.
 
7. Read one of the many books on the environment from our resource table, or the library.
 
8. Talk to 10 people in the next 10 months about the critical importance of “saving our planet.”
 
9. Cancel unwanted mail-order catalogs and stop receiving junk mail. (go for 10!) Sites like these may help: www.catalogchoice.org,www.41pounds.org, www.ecocycle.org/junkmail
 
 10. Make a list of 10 new ways to reduce/reuse/recycle
 
 

 
 
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