Mercury, Dioxin, Hydrogen Chloride, Sulfur Dioxide & Nitrogen Dioxide
At last count in the United States:13 operating green cemeteries7 or more in development
Leaving plenty of time for restoration
Trails and boardwalksDevelopment limited to a simple gathering pavilion and with office and parkingBurials on approximately 1/3 of siteBurials at approx 300/acre = 7500 burialsWe calculate it will take over 50 years to fill the cemetery
Natural Burial - What & Why?
Natural Burials in Green Cemeteries:Reuniting People with the Environment
Environmental Impactsof Conventional BurialEmbalming / Vault Burials (per year)• 1.6 million tons concrete• 104,000 tons of steel• 2,700 tons copper/bronze• 827,000 gallons formaldehyde• Worker/groundwater impacts• Costs consumer: $6,000 - $10,000 Source: Casket & Funeral Association of America and Cremation Association of America
Environmental Impactsof Cremation • Releases pollutants such as mercury and greenhouse gases • Fossil fuel for 1400o F. for 2 hours • 32% of U.S. burials in 2005, more than 50% in Florida • Costs consumer: $1,000 - $5,000 Source: Cremation Association of America
Finding Harmonywith Nature Conservation Burial: • Protects land in perpetuity • Accomplishes ecological restoration • Funds further land acquisition • Costs consumer: $2000 for cemetery costs Source: Green Burial Council
Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds
Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds Natural Burial Grounds Conservation Burial GroundsPrairie Creek Conservation Cemeteryis the first certified cemetery in Florida
Professional funeral director Family or friend as Acting Funeral Director Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery Costs:Human burial . . . . . . . . . . $2000Cremated remains . . . . . . $ 250Pet remains . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 100 - $400(based on size)Prices include opening and closing, gravemarker, and all proceeds go for perpetualland management and acquisition ofadditional conservation lands. Prices do not include: transport to the cemetery, optional funeral director services, and optional rental of Lodge
The mission of CONSERVATION BURIAL, INC.is to promote natural burial practices in cemeteries that conserve land andre-unite people with the environment.