Environmental Stewardship/Green Team

Our St. Michael’s Green Team partners with the Ad­vocacy Action Group to seek environmental justice for all people and ecological justice for all non-human life within God’s good creation. The Green Team also works to improve our collective and personal practices by helping us reduce our energy, water, and toxic-materials use.

The Green Team meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month but are considering new times and virtual alternatives for meetings so that we can be wel­coming to all who wish to participate. New members and those interested in working on a one-time project are always welcome.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Awarded the ecumenical Greenfaith Certification, a two-year environmental leadership program for houses of worship. The certification goal is to give these communities the resources they need to put into practice a program that inspires, educates and mobilizes people around environmental steward­ship with the belief that it is a religious value and a moral responsibility.
  • Completed a study of a solar photovol­taic project for St. Michael’s and learned that our electrical utility provider, Pacific Power, offers grants for solar projects. A grant application will be submitted in 2018 and, if awarded, the project will transpire in 2019.
  • Purchased energy from renewable sources through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Renewable Energy Program, which also funds the grants mentioned above.
  • Attended Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s 2017 Collins Lecture, Wounded Earth, Wounded Humanity: God’s Call to Climate Justice and led workshops on environmental advocacy and stewardship in faith communities.
  • Completed an inventory of cleaning and landscaping products and identified non-toxic alternative products to use
  • Switched to 100% recycled-content paper for use in printing Sunday bulletins and continued to recycle bulletins and most other paper products
  • Completed an analysis of St. Michael’s energy use and are taking steps to further reduce energy consumption, including a transition to LEDs
  • Developed a kitchen-use policy to reduce waste by encouraging the use of washable dishes and providing receptacles and instructions for recycling and composting.
  • Held a faith-formation program for children using Faith and Nature: The Divine Adventure of Life on Earth as the curriculum.
  • Continuing to work for fossil-fuel divestment and socially responsible investing with The Diocese of Oregon.
  • Advocating for reduction in fossil fuel use in numerous ways.

Justice events & activities

Wed 25

Advocacy Action meeting

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat 28

Community Meal

September 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oct 03

Outreach & Justice Council

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oct 10

IWC meeting

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oct 12

Justice workshop (tentative)

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sun 22

Misa celebration of foods

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 28

Community Meal

September 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where and When

1704 NE 43rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97213
503.284.7141

Sunday Services:
7:30 - Rite I
9:00 & 11:00 - Rite II
1:00 pm - Misa en Español

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