GIPL’s Zero-Waste program is designed to help communities of faith take a holistic approach to reducing waste through engaging the four “R’s” of waste management: Rethink, Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. All communities of faith generate waste from their worship or prayer services, classes, food preparation, office administration and other activities. This Zero-Waste program provides tools, educational resources, and strategies to help individuals and congregations rethink their waste practices. Through this program, congregations will undertake a waste audit to identify waste streams, understand what and how much is being disposed of on site, and consider steps toward waste reduction. 

The amount of waste that we generate globally has detrimental effects on the environment and on our neighbors and communities. Drawdown GA has identified Recycling & Waste Management, Composting, and Reduced Food Waste as three of the 20 high impact solutions for reducing carbon emissions in GA. Diverting waste from landfills reduces greenhouse gas emissions and prevents products from polluting our oceans and waterways. Rethinking current waste habits and practices and considering strategies for reducing, reusing, and recycling materials on-site is an impactful and easy way for communities of faith to implement climate solutions. This program includes practical tips for recycling and composting, a sample sustainability policy to help congregations consider guidelines and procedures for diverting and reducing waste and information about how to go “zero-waste.” 

There are two options for enrolling in the Zero-Waste Program:

Option 1: Self-Guided Audit
The waste audit can be used as a self-guided tool conducted by your Green Team and/or congregational staff. The cost to receive the guide is $100.

Option 2: GIPL-Guided Audit
The waste audit can also be used as part of a consultation and educational session with GIPL staff. A GIPL staff member will help you conduct your audit, make recommendations for diverting waste streams, and provide a workshop or film screening to discuss how waste impacts our lives and all of Creation. The cost to have GIPL staff assist with the audit and lead a workshop or film screening is $250.

Enroll by using the “Request a Zero-Waste Audit” button below. If you are unsure which option is the best fit for you and your faith community, schedule a phone consultation with Hannah Shultz, Program Coordinator, at hannah@gipl.org after enrolling.

 Synagogues, mosques, churches, temples, religious schools, and other worship facilities are eligible to participate in this program! If you have any questions about enrolling in the Zero-Waste program, please contact Hannah at hannah@gipl.org.