In April 2017, Round Hill began the process of becoming a Green Church, a title conferred by the Interreligous Eco-Justice Network of Connecticut, which grants certificates of achievement for implementing eco-friendly measures in the church building and within its congregation. To date, Round Hill Community Church is the only church in Greenwich, CT with this designation.
RHCC is proud to hang (in large part) its identity on stewardship of the earth, alternately referred to as creation care. At the heart of the effort is our desire to be a force for good and we move forward with a clear sense of purpose and urgency to address the destruction of the environment, which has been deemed one of the greatest threats the human family faces. Many people of faith recognize it as the moral issue of our time.
Green Houses of Worship is a three-tiered, environmental stewardship program, each with a checklist of sixteen items. To complete a level, the congregation must check off at least twelve items from the checklist for each level. Certificates are then granted by the Interreligous Eco-Justice Network for work completed.
How has Round Hill Community Church incorporated creation care into its ministry? We have completed the following steps in order to be granted Level 1 of the Green Houses of Worship checklist:
√ Devote at least one service annually to environmental stewardship.
√ Form a "Green Team" in your faith community.
√ Show environmental films (e.g. Chasing Ice)
√ Add "Green" elements to youth group curriculums.
√ Include "Green" column in your newsletters, bulletins, etc.
√ Invite environmentally focused speakers.
√ Keep radiators/ heating ducts/ refrigerator coils clean.
√ Make environmental/conservation resources available to members.
√ Recycle paper/bottles/cans.
√ Put office machines on power strips and unplug rarely-used appliances.
√ Reduce hot water temperature to 120 degrees.
√ Use low impact paper products.
We are currently working on the following tasks toward achieving next-level Green Church designations:
√ Install and use programmable thermostats.
√ Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs.
√ Insulate/weather-strip pipes/walls/ceilings/doors/water heaters.
√ Shift communications from paper to electronic media.
√ Shift to reusable dishes/utensils.
√ Ban styrofoam from use.
√ Install energy efficient fluorescent lights/ballasts.
√ Develop a car pool system for activities conducted by your faith community.
√ Complete an energy audit through Energize CT. Implement recommended energy-saving measures.
√ Buy "Energy Star" appliances.
√ Assist/encourage members to adopt green steps in their homes and businesses.
√ Plant trees to capture carbon adn reduce carbon dioxide in the air.
√ Install photo-voltaic panels for electricity.