Undertake an environmental audit of your church to identify its existing good environmental practice and prioritise areas for development. Eco-Congregation provides a church's environmental check-up with an easy tick box format under Resources, Section 1.
The check-list helps to establish where you are at present and to decide which areas you would like to prioritise. It is a good idea to gather a small group together to work through this. It need not take more than an hour. You can then download the relevant sections from Resources, which are designed to help your church put its environmental plans into action. It’s a good idea to involve as many of your church members as possible.
Step 2: Seek wider support and put your plans into action Once you have downloaded your chosen resources, distribute them amongst appropriate people/groups in the church, e.g. worship resources to worship group/leader, and use the ideas to green your church’s life and mission.
Step 3: Apply for the Eco-Congregation Award
The award is given to churches that have undertaken an environmental check-up and have taken initiatives in each of the following three areas:
Practical - practising what is preached e.g. an energy, churchyard or recycling project