Going Green at
Saw everything that he had made, and
indeed it was very good."
At Cooke's Portsmouth United Church we're doing
things a bit differently. Over the last
year we have taken a number of steps to make our
church more environmentally sustainable.
Through informal discussion and action we have
learned that our church values living
sustainably in creation, and so we think this is
just the beginning of our green journey.
Some of our projects have included:
1. Solar Project
- In 2011, our Renewable Energy and Conservation
Committee undertook a major project to evaluate
the possibility of solar energy at our
church. Following extensive study of the
options, our church voted unanimously to install
a solar array on the roof of McColl Hall.
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Conservation - Our Renewable
Energy and Conservation Committee commissioned a
third party energy audit of our church
facility. As a result of the audit, we are
implementing a number of energy saving projects
and monitoring the results.
3. Food Packaging
- We are making an effort to reduce food
packaging like foam cups and plates for coffee
hour and church functions. Instead we are
using reusable mugs and plates.
4. Recycling and
Composting - We are increasing
our recycling and composting efforts.
Additional recycling bins have been placed
around the church, and we now are participating
in the City run composting program.
Supplies - All of our paper
washroom supplies are made with 100% recycled
content and are Green Seal certified. Our
hand soaps and most of our cleaning products are
also environmentally friendly and certified by a
third party organization.
Garden - In 2011, Cooke's
Portsmouth entered into a partnership with the
Calvin Park Community Garden Group. We
have converted our back yard into a beautiful
community garden. The garden group uses
sustainable growing practices without
These steps represent a significant commitment
on the part of this faith community to take into
account our environmental impact, and make
significant changes in the way we do things to
reduce our footprint.