Greening the Church contains inspirational stories from 28 Australian churches, mostly Uniting Churches.
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A broad Energy Management Policy for the Synod, which would then provide the basis for more particular Energy Management Policies for UnitingCare Qld and Wesley Mission Queensland were finalized in 2012. The Synod policy will now guide its thinking and work in being more energy efficient and responsible for its footprint on our planet.
Ms Cullen-Erickson said a growing awareness of the importance of sustainability through the local council and church prompted some of their changes. “It’s really about ensuring that we are better stewards of the world we live in, and about not wasting what we have.”
Magnetic Island Uniting Church is now supplying sufficient electricity to the grid from its newly installed solar panels to power nearly two houses, making it a net contributor of energy, rather than a net user.
Caloundra wins climate change award
On World Environment Day (5 June) Caloundra Uniting Church was announced a joint winner of The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) Climate Change Award for communities.
Bush devotions prove fruitful
Through what God has shown me, I’ve written a 31 day devotional called, “Abundance in the Bush”.
Blue Care: Light on energy—Sustainability in action
Blue Care’s Business Improvement Officer (Best Practice) Dr Helen Higgins together with Contracts Manager Michael O’Sullivan have undertaken a three month lighting trial at Blue Care’s head office to compare the effectiveness and efficiency of two alternative lighting systems.
Blue Care: Petrol-electric hybrid cars piloted
Eight new hybrid Prius cars are being piloted as part of Blue Care’s continuing commitment to sustainability.
Arnold Rieck: Rosewood Scrub Arboretum
Through the Society for Growing Australian Plants, Ipswich branch, Arnold Rieck has been coordinating the planting of trees, shrubs, vines and grasses that are indigenous to the scrub.
Brisbane Boys College Sustainability Challenge
Some Brisbane Boys’ College students embraced the sustainability challenge. Students planned a number of activities for the week designed to encourage students and staff to implement sustainable practices at school and home.
In celebration of World Environment Day on June 5, Blue Care launched its own Sustainability Principals, guiding how the organisation will operate to protect the environment and remain viable now and into the future.
New Wesley House good for environment
The new Wesley House building in the centre of Brisbane City has been awarded a Five Star Green Star rating for “Australian Excellence” by the Green Building Council of Australia.