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The Episcopal Ecological Network is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church.  Members come from the provinces of the Episcopal Church USA.  The activities of the Episcopal Ecological Network are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action.  This page a resolution you may wish to use with your environmental organization.
 
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Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds
Passed 2002, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Resolved, That in our church buildings and on our grounds, our actions reflect our understanding of the impact we make, and we commit to:

  • Use renewable, sustainable, clean electric energy;
  • Use efficient appliances for heating, cooling, and in kitchens;
  • Use safe and biodegradable cleaning, maintenance, and office supplies;
  • Use plants and landscape materials that are natural to the environment and which attract wildlife and make minimal use of herbicides and pesticides when economically feasible.

Explanation:

We believe in God as Creator and Source of all, and that God calls for humans to be co-creators in harmony with the Earth, and environmental degradation results from neglect of our responsibility and threatens the Earth's well-being. Our lives reflect our awareness and respect of God's Creation, and of all that is part of Creation, and our church buildings and grounds are outward and visible signs of our inward and spiritual grace and commitment to our call to be co-creators.

Submitted by:
Patrice M. Schexnayder, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston.

Endorsed by:
The Rev. Betty C. Adam, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston
Jessica R. Alexander, Palmer Memorial Church, Houston
The Rev. Ron Pogue, Trinity Church, Galveston
Ron Null, Palmer Memorial Church, Houston