DCC’s Green and Getting Greener!
Davis Community Church (DCC) was selected by the City of Davis for an Environmental Recognition Award in the Non-Profit category, based on our external and internal efforts to impact issues related to climate change. The award was presented 4/18/17 at City Council. DCC participates in broad city-wide discussions about climate change and climate justice, opens our facility to host meetings and workshops by community groups, and welcomes immigrants and refugees. As an “Earth Care Congregation”, DCC encourages the own congregation to be ‘eco-savvy’ and further, to be role models in the community. DCC has transformed the church campus to a more drought tolerant landscape, implemented composting and recycling, and hope to install solar panels.
As an Earth Care congregation, DCC works in many ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Recently, we set up 10 4-bin stations around the church to help us reduce the size of the trash by food scrap composting. It’s working! See this short video for some tips and tricks on organics waste composting and use of the food scrap bin https://dctv.davismedia.org/co
Finally, besides donating to places in Davis like the SPCA and All Things Right And Relevant, large items can now be donated (and bought used) at the Big Blue Barn Landfill Thrift store, including furniture (not upholstered), lumber, tile, play structures and much more. Check out https://archive.org/details/In
Everyone can become a better steward and the need is great. The part of the world that suffers most from our waste is the less developed, poorer areas. So climate justice becomes social justice. We become beacons of love in the world by our stewardship of what we’ve been given to us in trust, with our generosity to live our lives with the poorest in mind and through justice for the planet and all people.
In 2016, DCC earned a PC(USA) Environmental Ministries designation as an Earth Care Congregation!
To become an Earth Care Congregation, this congregation affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of our church life, and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. We are quietly working toward increased energy and water efficiency, responsible recycling and climate change education. In community, we studied the encyclical, Laudato Si’, published by Pope Francis during our Lenten Book Study. We are active with the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice and are sponsoring events, such as last week’s program on the plant-based journey. The work is ongoing and we know there is more to be done. We plan to continue our environmental awareness and maintain this designation in the years ahead.
You can explore what you can do now through some of the links below:
- Take action locally with Cool Davis. https://www.cooldavis.org/ This is an organization that has news of climate actions to take as well as local news about what is happening, including Eco-heros and their annual Cool Davis Festival, as well as a Climate Conference. Prominent among the actions are:
- Easy to do actions https://www.cooldavis.org/take-action/in-your-home/quick-wins/
- Become a Cool Home https://www.cooldavis.org/take-action/in-your-home/become-a-cool-home/ Print a form for yourself and then sign up your pledge online for being a Cool Home. With report of data online will give Davis a chance to win $5 million and become America’s coolest city in the Georgetown University Energy Prize.
- Become a Cool Home Lite http://www.cooldavis.org/projects/lite-house-project/ Already done a lot? You can become a Lite household by your commitment to carbon reduction and sustainability.
- Help the church participate in the Organics http://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/public-works/solid-waste-and-recycling/compost/organics-program in Davis as well as doing it at home yourself from July on. Educate yourself about this.
- Subscribe to the Presbyterian Eco-Justice Journey blog http://www.pcusa.org/blogs/eco-journey/topic/church-earth-care-stories/.
Later, our Earth Care Committee of the Church and Society Ministry will be including more actions for DCC as an Earth Care Congregation. We welcome your input.
Share what you are doing via email with Martha Teeter, firstname.lastname@example.org. That way we’ll know and celebrate with you!
Earth Care Committee of the Church & Society Ministry:
Sue Bennett, Diane Colburn, Paul Sippola, Jewel Payne and Martha Teeter