February 27, 2020

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

Our Earth Care Team, along with the Justice & Mission and Stewardship ministries, focuses on conservation and sustainability practices within our building. Building on past efforts while looking for new ways to reduce our energy footprint, Forest Hill was the first of 2 Ohio churches to be certified as an Earth Care Congregation by the PC(USA)’s Environmental Ministries department and has qualified every year since. Qualifying is a big undertaking – of the 9000 or so churches in our denomination, there are less than 250 Earth Care Congregations nationwide.

Here’s how we changed our building practices to meet this goal:

Members and staff were part of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Project. Follow the project on Facebook and track it 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
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
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