Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Green Parish Accreditation
The Green Parish Accreditation Program was developed to give recognition to churches that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship and in response to the Environmental Stewardship motion passed at the Diocesan Synod in 2009.
Recognition will be made at each Diocesan Synod of all parishes that have met all the criteria in this document and several parishes that have shown progress since the previous Synod.
It is recommended that the parish form a Green Parish Accreditation Committee with a designated Chair but other forms of organization are acceptable and should reflect the local situation in the parish. The parish should then write to the Diocesan Social Justice Subcommittee and ask to become registered as a candidate parish for the program. The parish then has twenty four months or until the next Synod to document completion of their progress against the requirements.
Resources to support the work of to green your parish are available at http://www.anglican.ca/relationships/action/greening/
Parish CD available from the Social Justice Subcommittee.
Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of a Progress Report completed by the parish and sent to the Diocesan Social Justice Subcommittee. Parishes that meet all the requirements will receive a Certificate of Accreditation, the right to display the Green Parish logo on their letterhead and website and a Green
Parish Banner to display in their sanctuary. Those parishes that are recognized for their progress in meeting the requirements will receive a certificate. Note: The Green Parish Accreditation was adapted from the Green Sanctuary Program developed by the Unitarian Universalists Diocese of New Westminster.and on the Ways to a Greener Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
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