Green Team Mission & Resources

The Mission of the Travis Park Church Green Team

The Green Team’s Mission is to find ways that we as a church can reduce our impact on the environment and educate one another, thereby creating a larger impact on our church and the world. In Genesis 2:15, humans were placed in the Garden of Eden and instructed to ‘work it and take care of it’. In other words, God has given us the responsibility to act as stewards of his creation – to care for, manage, oversee, and protect all that God owns.

Earth Day is just one day. We are called every day to think how the things we do affect our planet and the future for our children. These are a few of the Green Team goals:

  1. Recycling: The Green Team has prioritized recycling and have their sights set on a commercial recycling bin. Many members have been taking the recycling home every week, which is unsustainable over the long term. With a church campus of our size, an industrial container with a regular pickup schedule will result in a more efficient and widely used recycling program.
  2. LED Lighting: LED bulbs are bright, last longer, and most importantly, they consume less energy!
  3. Education: The Green Team is asking the congregation to do some soul-searching and look at how everyone can adopt a “cleaner” way to Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repair. Please read some of the information below.
  4. Green Building Materials: With the building repairs and construction on the horizon, the Green Team’s goals are finding ‘green’ building materials from local sources, reducing loads and optimizing systems, and generating on-site renewable energy.
  5. Renewable Energy:  Creating energy efficiency within the building is a worthy goal and will help the Travis Park Church continue another 175 years for our children and the future missions of the Church.

GREEN RESOURCES

City of San Antonio: What Goes in the Blue Bin // Read Now >

Environmental Working Group: Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce // Read Now >

List of Thrift Stores in San Antonio // Read Now >

What is Climate Change…and what does it mean for our future? // Read Now >

The Issue With Tissue: How Toilet Paper Fuels our Climate Crisis // Read Now >

Recycling Reality Check Quiz // Read Now >

Net Zero: What does it mean and how is it achieved? // Read Now >

Have something to recycle? Find out where… // Read Now >

DYI Simple Cleaning Products // Read Now >

UN Environment Programme: The problem of single use plastics & what we can do. // Read Now >

The average American creates 4.5 pounds of trash per day but most people never think twice about the trash they make. Once it’s in the garbage can, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Rob Greenfield wanted to create a visual that would help people understand just how much trash they create and inspire them to make positive changes. So for 30 days, he lived just like the average American and he wore every piece of trash he created. 4.5 pounds a day really adds up! This is what it looked like.

The United Methodist Climate Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions

The United Methodist Church has a Commitment to Net Zero-Emissions by the year 2050. We as a church are working toward that goal.   Other United Methodist Churches around the world are joining in as well. It will take us all to get to the point where we are not creating more harm to our planet. Please take a few minutes to read this important document.

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