H-IPL’s parent organization, Interfaith Power and Light, offers a program called Cool Congregations.
One aspect of Cool Congregations is Sacred Grounds Stewards. Your congregation is invited to enter the Cool Congregations Challenge, a competition for a $1000 award for energy-efficient projects, including a congregational grounds project that includes such features as native landscaping, water conservation, bike racks, wildlife habitats, recycling and composting, and organic gardening. To find out more about Cool Congregations, go here. For information on entering the Cool Congregations Challenge, go here. You can find the complete guide, which includes inspiring stories of what other congregations have done, as well as an abundance of ideas of what your congregation can do.
To read about 2015 Cool Congregations Sacred Grounds Stewards winner St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Carmel, Indiana, go here.