NDPC embraces environmental stewardship and sustainability practices as a witness to faith in Christ. We are called to be stewards of God’s wondrous creation, to reduce our sanctuary’s environmental impact and to raise awareness among our members of environmental challenges we face today as a global community. NDPC has been identified as an “Earth Care Congregation” by the Presbyterian Church USA’s Environmental Ministries program. This certification program recognizes the work of NDPC to green its facilities, worship, education and outreach ministries, and also provides a helpful structure for planning additional progress every year moving forward.
To that end, the Creation Care Team seeks to support all ministries of NDPC to reduce their environmental impact by helping with recycling, sustainable purchasing, and green programming of all kinds. NDPC’s Creation Care also adopted a sustainability policy to help ministry teams embrace our shared responsibility to steward all the gifts God has given us.
The Creation Care Team sponsors several current initiatives to increase environmental awareness:
September 23, 2018 – Food Waste Challenge for Faith Communities
Food waste in the U.S. comprises about 40% of waste identified in landfills. This is a significant moral issue with too many American families being food insecure, not sure from where their next meal comes. Additionally, food waste emits methane as it decomposes, increasing greenhouse gas emissions of landfills. Sunday worship will include themes of food justice and a fellowship potluck lunch will include informative program and games to inspire eco-action on behalf of all NDPC members and guests.
October 27 – Church Workday 9am – 12pm
In preparation for our church’s birthday celebration the next Sunday, we will be sprucing up the church grounds Saturday morning to reflect our commitment to Creation care and community-building. Join us for breakfast, bring your work gloves, and together we’ll tackle projects around the church campus. With thanks to church member Diane Wilkes for organizing this special workday!
Continuing efforts to make our memorial garden and grounds an official wildlife sanctuary through the Atlanta Audubon Society.
Green is Good
We encourage all efforts to make our church facility “green” by reducing energy use, improving energy efficiency, and reducing water and solid waste.
Atlanta’s Earth Covenant Ministry
NDPC is part of the leadership of Atlanta’s Earth Covenant Ministry, a program of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.