Organize a carbon-reduction Sunday to walk/bike/carpool or take public transportation to church.
Encourage individuals/households to assess their personal carbon footprint, contact their utility to schedule an energy audit of their home and promote household participation in renewable electricity, composting and organic gardening programs.
Caulk and weatherize around doors and windows to plug air leaks. Use curtains and blinds to utilize natural lighting and help regulate temperature.
Shift to Fair Trade and sustainably sourced or local products as well as compostable or reusable options for coffee hour and church functions. When plastic table coverings wear out, replace with cloth.
Replace incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps with LED bulbs.
Insulate pipes, water heater and warm air heating ducts.
Install bike racks at church.
Install low flow faucet aerators.
Compost church waste; encourage home composting.
Collect rainwater in rain barrels for outdoor watering.
Design and distribute reusable shopping bags with church logo or make a free bag bin to recycle extra bags.
Get involved with local and regional environmental and conservation organizations like Sierra Club, 350.org, the League of Conservation Voters, Audubon, the Sunrise Movement or IPL’s “Cool Congregations.”