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.