Sustainability

Following Christ’s teachings to care for the earth and all its creatures has been a Forest Hill priority for over 30 years.

The Forest Hill Earth Care Team*, together with the Justice & Mission and Stewardship ministries, fosters conservation and sustainability practices within our building. Building on past  efforts and always looking for new ways to reduce our energy footprint, Forest Hill is one of only 5 churches in Ohio to be certified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Environmental Ministries department of the PC(USA), and has qualified every year since 2011. (There are less than 200 Earth Care Congregations in the entire United States.)


How did we change our building practices to meet this goal? We:

  • Conducted a comprehensive energy/facilities audit with an outside consulting firm
  • Increased insulation in main areas
  • Installed triple-track storm windows
  • Installed new boilers with computer controls for increased efficiency
  • Replaced paper tableware with china and silver usage in Fellowship hall
  • Upgraded exhaust system for sanctuary and restrooms
  • Converted 80% of lighting to fluorescent
  • Replaced large kitchen appliances and cooler with more efficient units
  • Established a paper waste recycling center open to the community
  • Switched to “green” cleaning chemicals
  • Replaced playground surface with 13 tons of rubber mulch recycled from 2,000 ground-up tires (4 tires for every Forest Hill member!)
  • Recycled the old bark playground mulch by re-using it to mulch the trees throughout our grounds
  • Added bicycle racks to our parking area for those who bike instead of drive to church

Pastor John Lentz and member Mark Chupp participated in the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Project. Knowing the intense interest at Forest Hill for this mission, John volunteered to be part of a small group asked to write a document expressing the vision of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 project. Read the initial draft of this statement here. You can also follow the Sustainable Cleveland Project on Facebook, and track the Sustainable Cleveland project at GreenCityBlueLake Institute.


FHC Earth Care Team
Mission Statement

Care of the Earth is central to all discipleship and stewardship in our lives and is achieved through encouragement and education, enabling change within our individual lifestyle, church and greater community.

Guiding Principles

  • Consciously living healthy and sustainable lifestyles
  • Inspiring our church community to embrace Earth Care practices through worship, education & communication
  • Enabling change in how FHC manages the building, operations and staff
  • Providing thought leadership for surrounding community on Earth Care Practices

Goals
1. Design FHC Earth Care Strategy (Essence) and Action Plan

  • Explore strengths/weaknesses and identify opportunities
  • Brainstorm ideas/goals and draw in expertise from congregation

2. Develop Earth Care Education Programs for our church community

  • Adult Education (e.g., 2 week program in Fall)
  • Invites to adults and mid-sr. high groups.
  • PreK-6th grade programs (e.g., 2 week program in Fall)

3. Study & recommend for Waste & Reduction, Recycling & Building Operations methods

  • Work with local faith-based procurement team to determine opportunities
  • Implement improved recycling/waste programs
  • Encourage alternative transportation opportunities

4. Develop Earth Care programs as part of Worship

5. Create a portal of information to share across communities

*Earth Care Team members: Dave Neff, Mark Chupp, Dale Dannefer, Jane Duncan, Christina Hidek, Dave Hunter, Kemp Jaycox, Keith Logan, Steve Sedam

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