A Certified Earth Care Congregation Since 2011
Bradley Hills has embraced the biblical call and General Assembly charge to care for God’s creation. We have adopted the Presbyterian Church “Earth Care Pledge” to improve our environment and are committed to meeting annual benchmarks in the areas of our facilities and grounds, worship, education, and outreach. For additional information about PCUSA’s Earth Care Congregation program, click here.
Working to Restore Creation – Some Examples:
Energy Efficiency of Our Building:
- We completed a professional energy audit with thermo-graphic imagery, and analyzed and prioritized the results and recommendations.
- We installed energy-efficient light fixtures, controls and bulbs.
- We applied for funding from Montgomery County, PEPCO and the Presbytery to implement energy-efficient improvements.
- We implemented the use of recycled/recyclable, non-toxic products.
- Our Facilities Manager successfully completed LEED training.
- We expanded recycling within the church building and on the grounds.
- We developed rain gardens and sensitive care programs for our grounds.
Worship, Education and Outreach:
- We encouraged creation stewardship in worship.
- We incorporated Earth Care in our Church School curricula, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Mission projects.
- We offered Adult Education classes on environmental issues, including specific ways to minimize the carbon footprint of our homes.
- We challenged the congregation to lead more carbon-neutral lives by sponsoring Lenten “Carbon Fasts” and Alternative Transportation Sundays.
- We hosted an environmental film screening and discussion for the local community.
- We linked Bradley Hills with local environmental groups, such as the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (GWIPL), Bethesda Green and Presbyterian Earth Care Network.
We invite you to join our ongoing efforts. Go to our Earth Care Resources page to find out how to recycle, get an energy audit, convert your home to wind power, take political action and tread more lightly on our planet home.