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Rebecca Barnes
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Louisville, KY 40202

Get the Green Leaf Seal

Green Leaf Seal 2012The Green Leaf Seal is a program of PC(USA) Environmental Ministries in cooperation with the sites of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA).  Environmental Ministries works to inspire and equip Presbyterians to work for eco-justice for all of God's earth.  PCCCA equips leaders for ministries of discipleship, community building and the care of Creation.

The Green Leaf Seal is presented to camp and conference centers that care for God's earth by practicing sustainability and educating guests about environmental stewardship. 

To receive a Green Leaf Seal, a camp or conference center must have completed a total of five projects or activities in the areas of facilities, education/program, operations, and outreach.  The Green Leaf Seal is valid for the calendar year, and may be applied for at any point during the year.  In order to maintain the Green Leaf Seal, sites must demonstrate forward progress on environmental stewardship through a total of five new or progressing projects each year.

Camp and conference centers with the Green Leaf Seal will be recognized with the following items:

  • Use of the Green Leaf Seal logo for your publications and website
  • Listing as a Green Leaf Seal site on the PC(USA) Environmental Ministries website
  • Green Leaf Seal certificate to display at your site
  • Book on environmental sustainability

Green Leaf Seal Application Form

Download pdf to print and mail in.

The following camp and conference centers have received the Green Leaf Seal:

We commend these camp and conference centers for their commitment to caring for God’s earth.

Camps with the Green Leaf Seal have done a variety of projects to qualify, possibly including:

  • Facilities

    • Completed an energy audit
    • Installed a rain barrel
    • Installed energy efficient lighting
    • Installed lighting with motion sensors
    • Planted a rain garden
    • Planted native, drought resistant plants
    • Installed solar energy
    • Use environmentally friendly weed control/fertilizers
    • Created a forest sustainability plan/ecosystem plan for your site
    • Manage riparian (stream) buffer zones
    • Created a storm water management plan

 

  • Education/Program

    • Offered a program on climate change or an environmental issue
    • Posted information about the origins of your food
    • Created opportunities to discuss your practices in community, such as conversation starter table tents
    • Include educational information on environmental issues in newsletter

 

  • Operations (purchasing, recycling…)

    • Purchase Fair Trade Coffee
    • Purchase locally grown produce/organic food
    • Have a recycling program
    • Compost food waste
    • Avoid packaging by buying coffee creamers, etc. in bulk
    • Purchase all natural cleaning supplies
    • Urge guests to reuse towels
    • Using smaller vehicles/electric vehicles to drive on camp grounds

 

  • Outreach

    • Involve community in gardening
    • Host symposium/lecture series on sustainable topics
    • Partnership with Stewardship of Creation Enabler in your Presbytery/ Presbyterians for Earth Care
    • Partnership with local church environment committees
    • Offer “green” packages for church retreats
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  • Yes, it is continuing into 2015 and beyond... sorry our graphics haven't been updated on the website or application, but all of it still is current. We are so thankful for Holmes and all others doing such important ministry in our midst! by Rebecca Barnes PC(USA) Staff on 04/24/2015 at 2:09 p.m.

  • Is this program continuing? Can we apply for a 2015 Green Leaf Certificate? by Peter Surgenor on 04/23/2015 at 7:35 p.m.

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