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  1. 1. “ Green” Retreats A Presentation on Environmental Sustainability for the PRCB
  2. 2. Presentation Content <ul><li>Why Go Green? </li></ul><ul><li>How To Go Green </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions for Leadership </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHY GO GREEN? Spiritual and Moral Reasons <ul><li>How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither? For the wickedness of those who live in it the animals and the birds are swept away, and because people said, “he is blind to our ways.” – Jeremiah 12:4 </li></ul><ul><li>Care for the environment represents a challenge for all humanity. It is a matter of a common and universal duty, that of respecting a common good… It is a responsibility that must mature on the basis of the global dimension of the present ecological crisis – Compendium #466 </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHY GO GREEN? Business Case: Sustainability <ul><li>Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. –UN Commission on Environment and Development </li></ul><ul><li>The ethical engagement and process of achieving stability and non-deterioration of ecological processes, through the just and equitable restructuring of economic and social institutions designed to meet present needs without jeopardizing future human and non-human generations from meeting their needs. –Ecology and the Common Good: Sustainability and Catholic Social Teaching. </li></ul>Ecology Economy Society Sustainable Development
  5. 5. WHY GO GREEN? Leadership Reasons <ul><li>Stewardship Calls Everyone to be Proactive </li></ul><ul><li>As Passionists, we benefit from the Eco-Theology of Thomas Berry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are into a new </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>phase of the human </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>agenda. The entire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>earth agenda… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I refer to this new era </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in its positive aspect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>as eco-zoic era… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. HOW TO GO GREEN Start With Established Best Practices: <ul><li>Green Facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Protection Agency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Council of Churches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building a Firm Foundation (PDF) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Audit Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.elca/advocacy/environment/envaudit.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Resource Defense Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. HOW TO GO GREEN Best Practices (2): <ul><li>Simple Lifestyle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Resource Defense Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christian Simple Living </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coop America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New American Dream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catholic Relief Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Energy Efficiency <ul><li>Get an Energy Audit (Often a free service of public utilities) </li></ul><ul><li>Clean and replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize (and be creative with) natural sunlight: reduce the use of operating lights </li></ul><ul><li>Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs </li></ul><ul><li>Install occupancy sensors for lights </li></ul><ul><li>Install setback thermostat (automatically reducing heating and cooling of unoccupied rooms) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Recycling and Waste Disposal <ul><li>Recycle: </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse or donate leftover food from retreats </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase Recycled Paper Products, soy based ink for church offices </li></ul><ul><li>Use reusable dishware </li></ul><ul><li>Use hand towels (not paper) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a compost area </li></ul>
  10. 10. Consumer Practices <ul><li>Purchase Fair Trade Products, Support Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade program </li></ul><ul><li>Support local farmers, join a Community Shares Agriculture (CSA): </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase Green Cleaning Products: </li></ul><ul><li>Join Coop America, become a responsible shopper and receive the National Green Pages: http:// / </li></ul>
  11. 11. Water Conservation <ul><li>Install Boston Aerators on sinks </li></ul><ul><li>Install a rainwater collection system to use for landscape watering: </li></ul><ul><li>Install toilet retrofit devices that reduce the amount of water used per flush </li></ul><ul><li>Use sprinklers sparingly and only when needed. Early morning is the best time to water </li></ul><ul><li>install a drip irrigation system instead of sprinklers </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape with water wise plants </li></ul>
  12. 12. Green Landscape <ul><li>Start a Community Garden: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop creative gardens, landscape and interior use that share in the theology and spirituality of being Stewards of Creation. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Green Landscape
  14. 14. Finally Our Recommendation Invite us to at least one Retreat House to Assist a Working Group to start a “Green” Passionist Pilot Program for 2010.