As a certified Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation, we strive to be better stewards of the earth. Our task force regularly looks to incorporate sustainability at every level of our communal life as we operate our church and its programs and keep environmental concerns in the consciousness of our members.
- Some Sixth Church congregants have attended the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light conference, which brings interfaith-based action and thinking to a variety of earth-care issues and provides workshops, speakers, and suggestions of ways to connect people with environmental advocates and organizations.
- Some members have become active with No Plastics Please and the What’s SUP campaign, initiatives that target single-use plastic reduction.
- Members have been active in issues surrounding Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, such as promotion of publicly owned water and green infrastructure for our water system.
- Sixth serves as an active collection point for hard-to-recycle items like CFL bulbs, bottle caps, and batteries. In the past year we collected and recycled nearly 600 pounds of electronic and tech waste (e.g., DVDs, power cords, monitors, floppy discs).
- We have replaced ceiling fixtures all over the church, for a total of 23 light units that now use LED bulbs.
- We have reduced use of paper and plastic products during our after-church fellowship hour.
- We also replaced an old, leaky gas burner in our hot water system with a more energy-efficient unit.
- Our Sunday school students and youth volunteer each year for our annual neighborhood clean-up which takes place on or around Earth Day.
- Larry Schweiger, a leading environmental activist, addressed our congregation and friends from the community during a highly anticipated presentation on climate impact. We all learned more about the Shell plastics plant and legislative efforts to combat climate change.
- A representative from the non-profit Conservation Consultants gave a presentation on creating a plan for making our homes and other buildings more energy efficient.
- We’ve chosen a Sunday School curriculum for elementary and middle school students which includes environmentally friendly suggestions and learning activities.
- We use donated recycled materials for crafts and activities, recycle classroom supplies as we are able, and teach the kids as we move through activities ways that they can reuse items and reduce waste.
- Since Earth Day is on a Sunday, we use the opportunity to incorporate the care of our planet into worship.
Click here to see our Earth Care Certification! We are very proud to be an Earth Care Congregation!