Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday

GIPL Board member and frequent guest blogger, Susan Varlamoff offers her favorite eco-friendly tricks for the holiday season: Make Natural Decorations: Rather than buying plastic ornaments, wreaths, and decorations shipped from overseas, make your own from pine cones, holly, seashells, river stones, and evergreen branches. Christmas tree lots often will give away branches they’ve trimmed …

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Celebrating a Green Field Day

GIPL partner, Roswell Community Masjid, celebrated a Green Field Day on April 28th as a part of their larger Earth Day celebrations.  The event was open to the community and promoted sustainability through recycling and providing reusable water bottles. We are grateful for this reflection from RCM member Lubna Merchant: We have been taught to …

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Compost as a Vision of Grace

Compost as a Vision of GraceI’m the kind of person who takes pictures of piles of what others call “trash”—used paper plates smeared with BBQ sauce, the green beans some toddler spit out, greasy napkins and the like—and then posts the photos on Facebook (which rarely get any “likes”!). I see the potential of this …

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Creation Consciousness as a Spiritual Discipline

Outdoors was always my favorite place to be when I was growing up.  My neighborhood had about 20 kids who played basketball, rode bikes, caught fireflies, climbed trees.  We were free to roam without any worries or restrictions.  On Saturdays, I tagged along when my dad got his exercise by walking 4 miles in a …

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A Modest Proposal: Three New Year’s Resolutions for Our Organizations

An invitation to pursue our green ends through slightly greener means. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own?” Luke 6:41 I am standing in line outside the EPA on a weekday morning, waiting with dozens of environmental advocates to …

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Sustainability in Higher Education: Spotlight on Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College is a small women’s liberal arts college situated in Decatur, Georgia. The goal of the college is to educate women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. One of the challenges of our era is how to deal with climate change, and Agnes Scott …

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Recycling: Americans Aren’t Failing – The System Is

Originally posted on southeastgreen.com. Written by Beth Bond, former GIPL board member and Managing Partner at Southeast Green Recently in the Washington Post an article entitled, American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why, appeared stating that basically America had topped their recycling rates and that recycling was on a decline. The …

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New Creation Care Initiatives at Honey Creek Camp

The Creation Care Commission, a new environmental ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, met at Honey Creek Camp on June 13 to establish programs that reduce and recycle waste and to increase awareness of ways to better care for “this fragile earth, our island home.” A food waste reduction program will focus on reducing overall …

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5 Tips to Help You Recycle More Efficiently

GIPL board member Marti Breen (along with GIPL staff) visited Waste Pro’s American Recycling facility and came away with a greater understanding for the recycling process and helpful tips for how to recycle more effectively and efficiently. Here, Marti shares what she learned. On Friday, February 13th a group of 20+ adults and kids from …

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The Connection Between Faith and Trash: On Becoming Waste Wise

“The average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day, adding to the grand total of about 251 million tons of trash the United States accumulates per year. American communities recycled and composted nearly 35% of municipal solid waste in 2012, diverting 87 million tons to recovery according to the U.S. EPA.” —via iwanttoberecycled.org Did you …

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St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Receives GIPL Grant

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Tucker, has received another accolade for its on-going efforts to care for God’s creation. On April 21 Kate presented the church with an Energy Improvement Grant of $6,144.42 to install 52 T-5 fluorescent lights in the church’s education building. This follows grants in 2008 and 2010 to implement lighting upgrades and …

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Trailblazer Award – St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Tucker

The 2012 Trailblazer GIPPY Winner was St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Tucker (and also First Christian Church of Decatur). St. Andrews Presbyterian church was innovative in its sustainability efforts this past year. What struck a chord with us was their effort of making their annual foot race, called Race 4 Grace , a Green Event through …

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