Approximately eight years ago, Trinity birthed a committee called “Trinity’s Earth Shepherds” (or TES). TES has worked hard to help Trinity and its members grow in our ability to care for God’s creation. While we’ve endeavored this in many ways (including sponsoring and offering: Interfaith Conferences on Caring for God’s Creation; Electronics Recycling Days; an Interfaith Environmental Film Festival; as well as holding Energy Audits and making many environmentally-focused enhancements to our facility), Trinity was the very first church to be certified as a “GreenFaith Sanctuary” by GreenFaith.
“The GreenFaith Certification Program is the world’s first comprehensive, interfaith environmental certification program… Over (multiple) years, participating institutions carry out initiative to integrate environmental themes into their worship, religious education, facility maintenance, and social outreach. In recognition for their accomplishments, these institutions earn certification as a GreenFaith Sanctuary.”
Trinity also developed a “Green Team,” comprised of TES members, Session commission chairs, the head of our Deacon Board, our Clerk of Session, and Pastor Rob Carter, to guide the church on this journey. While the certification process wasn’t always easy, it has been incredibly worthwhile as it guided our entire community of faith in carrying out:
- Religious Education programs for all ages
- A host of “green” facility management activities related to energy, food, water, waste, toxins, grounds maintenance and transportation
- Education to help our members “green” their consumption habits
- Environmental justice education and advocacy
- Collaboration with environmental groups and other houses of worship
PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation
Trinity has also earned the distinction of becoming a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, which recognizes the significant, stringent, and meaningful measures our community of faith has taken in our environmental stewardship. We are proud to note that, upon receiving this certification, Trinity was one of only 13 congregations nationally to have earned this distinction, and the only congregation in NJ.
We are also very grateful for the gardens that bless our back lot.
And a community garden.