Things You Do
Become an Earth Care Congregation
Is your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved in being stewards of God’s earth? Use “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches” to find ideas for earth care projects and to become certified as an Earth Care Congregation through Environmental Ministries. earth_care_congregations.pdf
Sample Covenant/Agreement OhIPLcovenant.pdf (for Ohio Interfaith Power & Light Faith Groups)
Handbooks for Congregations "How to Green"
Resources from Interfaith Power and Light
A list of links to green organizations from Eco-USA.org
See Green Interfaith's Eco-Advocacy page for active groups in east TN
Green America “Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.”
Action Links (by category)
Tennessee Valley Authority Regardless of what your overall attitude toward TVA is, this is a major resource about energy conservation, “green” energy, and energy savings assistance programs.
Interfaith Power & Light: Our basic activist umbrella group for info on energy use, global warming, and personal activist involvement. Rich in resources for advocacy programs.
Consumer Choices (Food, Appliances, Energy Efficiency, Cleaning Supplies, Durable Goods)
Local Power Boards
1) Johnson City Power Board (http://www.jcpb.com/): The amount of information on energy conservation techniques and programs on the JCPB website is more than you can possibly master. Spend some time browsing; it’s well worthwhile if you want to be “energy green” and take advantage of their support services.
2) Elizabethton Electric Department (http://www.eesonline.org/): Rather weak on energy conservation advice and services. New heat pump and water heater loans and rebates seem to be about their only energy conservation activity. Need to be hassled.
3) Holston Electric Cooperative (http://www.holstonelectric.com/myhome.aspx): Serves Hawkins and Hamblen counties and has a fairly good list of tips on energy conservation and link to online energy use survey. Links to “Our Energy, Our Future” (https://www.ourenergy.coop/) which basically advocates for cheap, conventional energy and restraints on EPA regulation of CO2 emissions. Not good.
4) Greeneville Light & Power System (http://www.glps.net/): Modest list of energy savings tips but little in the way of extra assistance.
5) Mountain Electric Cooperative (http://www.mountainelectric.com/): Serves Johnson County and part of Carter County plus adjacent areas of NC. Excellent energy conservation programs and info that seems comparable to Johnson City Power Board.
6) Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) (http://www.btes.net/index.html): Another good utility with plenty of information and progressive programs. Serves Sullivan County.
7) Erwin Utilities (http://www.erwinutilities.com/): Modest info on energy conservation and limited services in this regard.
Other Resource Conservation links
Protecting Public Areas in TN(Use of trails, Monitor/Report Invasive Species, Voting opportunities)
(Check out: iLoveMountains.org)
Soil Conservation (Pesticides, Herbicides, Reducing Runoff)
Water Conservation (Gray water, Rainbarrels, Gardening tips, No drip, In-Home Use)
“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” [Kenneth Boulding, economist]
"Somehow, we have come to think the whole purpose of the economy is to grow, yet growth is not a goal or purpose. The pursuit of endless growth is suicidal." [David Suzuki]
1) Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) (http://steadystate.org/): “The mission of CASSE is to advance the steady state economy, with stabilized population and consumption, as a policy goal with widespread public support.”
2) The New Economics Foundation (nef) (http://www.neweconomics.org/): “The new economics foundation is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.”
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