We have made a commitment to environmental stewardship at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Seattle
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. Our environmental ministry group Creation Keepers, and our maintenance of the St. Andrew’s organic vegetable garden, are how we seek 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.
Pledge to Care for Creation
Following the 2018 General Convention of the U.S. Episcopal Church, led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and supported by Bishop Greg Rickel; Episcopalians can make a pledge to care for creation; https://dfms.formstack.com/forms/creationcarepledge and track their carbon usage: http://www.sustainislandhome.org/
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. Read about the Carbon Offset Cooperative Mission of the Diocese of Olympia here. 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.
Recycling, Composting, and Waste Management at St. Andrew’s
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.