Recommended Guidelines


Environmental Stewardship Task Force Recommended

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
  • 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
  • Purchase items with limited
  • Use toilet paper with 100% recycled
  • 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
  • Change HVAC filters every 3
  • Set hot water heater to 120


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
  • 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
  • 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