Creation Care Initiative

The Creation Care Initiative exists to encourage, challenge  and support all the congregations of the diocese as they carry out their responsibility to care for God's creation.

Grants and Loans

Within the Creation Care Initiative, there have been three separate programs:  Simple Acts Grants, of up to $1,000, which support congregational activities and programs that focus on the environment and conservation and are built on appreciation of and gratitude for blessings; Green Improvement Grants, in amounts up to $10,000, which assist congregations in funding their purchase of energy-saving equipment and supplies; and Green Loans, which are low-interest loans of up to $100,000 that enable congregations to make energy-efficient changes to their buildings.

These programs have been supported by funds raised through the Together Now campaign.  The Together Now-funded phase of the grant program is now complete.  Green Loans are still available. 

Simple Acts of Stewardship Grants

  • Simple Acts grows out of gratitude for the blessings of God’s creation, and supports locally based projects that build a positive connection with the natural world by celebrating creation, conserving natural resources and teaching environmentally responsible practices. Little kid with tomato plant
  • Examples include congregations coming together for bulk purchasing of earth-friendly office and hospitality supplies; a children’s gardening project that benefits a local food pantry; or some kind of public policy advocacy effort.

Green Improvement Grants

  • Green Improvement Grants of up to $10,000 have helped congregations identify, fund and accomplish important energy efficiency improvements to their facilities, such as lighting and window upgrades, weatherization, on-demand hot water systems and replacement of old, inefficient boilers or furnaces. 

Green Loans 

  • Green Loans, initiated in 2014, are awarded on a rolling basis. 
  • Congregations interested in applying for Green Loans will find more information and application materials on the Grants and Loans page.
  • Read about the first Green Loan, here, awarded to St. John's Church in Charlestown.
 

Additional Resources:

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light:  http://www.mipandl.org/

Facebook:  Episcopalians Caring for Creation

Looking back at five years of creation care

New Diocesan Fossil Fuel Free Fund announced

Green grants help churches plan for a sustainable future

Sun-powered stewardship: Solar panel usage in the Diocese of Massachusetts

Episcopal Church "Climate Change Crisis" Webcast on demand and facilitator's guide

"God So Loved The World":  A slideshow intended to inspire Christians to connect their faith with the urgent need to tackle global warming.  It is available free of charge and lasts about 25 minutes.  “God So Loved The World” was co-produced by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Dr. Robert A. Jonas and The Canary Project, an organization that produces art and media to deepen public understanding of human-induced climate change and to energize commitment to solutions.  The slideshow is available as a PowerPoint presentation or PDF, with a written script that should be read aloud as the slides are shown.  The slideshow and accompanying script is available at revivingcreation.org

“How to Start a Green Team at Your Church” by the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Patrick Cage is a guide to creating a Green Team at your church, which can help your congregation become more effective in caring for God’s creation. Green Teams expand environmental activities in our churches and help congregations connect their faith with sustainable living. In our diocese, they are a requirement in order to obtain a Green Grant or Green Loan. This guide offers a variety of specific activities from which you can select the ones that best match your congregation’s level of energy and engagement. Download a PDF version below.