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Recommended Guidelines


Environmental Stewardship Task Force Recommended Guidelines

July 2012
Approved by Session August 2012


Waste Reduction

  • Recycle paper, plastic, metal, cardboard, glass, toner cartridges, electronics
  • Limit number of bulletins printed; obtain average attendance to project number of copies needed
  • Use electronic correspondence when possible
  • Minimize paper usage by making double-sided copies or printing two sheets to a page when possible
  • Use refillable pens vs. disposable pens
  • Use recycled-content paper products
  • Purchase items with limited packaging
  • Use toilet paper with 100% recycled content
  • Use cloth towels, dish rags and napkins or buy recycled-content, unbleached napkins and paper towels
  • Eliminate the use of disposable cups, plates, silverware, serving dishes, food storage containers
    Glass is preferred over plastic, especially non-recyclable plastic
  • Use beverage pitchers vs. plastic-bottled items
  • Compost yard waste, appropriate kitchen scraps and paper


Energy Conservation

  • Conduct an energy audit
  • Organize car pooling
  • Establish procedures for turning off lights, office equipment, coffee machine, etc
  • Program computers to "sleep" when they're idle for 15 minutes or more
  • Consolidate shopping trips
  • Set thermostat(s) at lowest and highest comfortable temperature for heating and cooling
  • Use compact florescent bulbs in all non-dimming fixtures
  • Investigate window film on south facing windows to reduce cooling costs and fading of furniture and flooring
  • Buy products made/manufactured locally when possible
  • Site deciduous trees to provide shade to Sanctuary and AC system
  • Maintain heating/cooling unit regularly
  • Change HVAC filters every 3 months
  • Set hot water heater to 120 degrees


Water Conservation

  • Use aerators on faucets
  • Run dishwasher only when full. Minimize pre-rinsing of dishes.
  • Xeriscape - use natives and indigenous species and plant for drought resistance
  • Reduce or replace grass with appropriate sustainable alternative groundcover
  • Conserve water, design for sustainable irrigation using rain barrels and soaker hoses
  • Possible use of cisterns for water collection/storage


Reduction of Toxic Substances

  • Use phosphate-free, biodegradable detergents, soaps, cleaning supplies
    If these products do not perform adequately, attempt least harmful product.
  • Reduce the use of colored paper
  • Use unbleached coffee filters
  • Use chlorine-free paper
  • Use non-toxic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides
  • Consider engaging a landscape maintenance company that uses organic/sustainable practices
  • Low/No VOC paints and finishes when surfaces need to be repainted/stained.
  • Have water tested for coli forms as well as heavy metals if not already done
  • Consider need for filtering water used for cooking and drinking
  • Dispose of hazardous materials appropriately



  • Purchase Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday
  • Purchase sustainably-forested wood products, including pencils
  • Create a wildlife habitat/pollinator garden


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