Creation Care at All Saints

Did you know that last fall, a group of All Saints parishioner started a Creation Care Committee (a/k/a “Green Team”)? In keeping with the Episcopal Church’s Creation Care Pledge, we drafted a proposal for our community that outlined specific actions we could take to protect and renew God’s creation. We grouped these actions into four main categories: 

• Christian Formation;

• Buildings, Grounds, and Energy;

• Waste Reduction; and 

• Advocacy. 

Click HERE to read the proposal – a work-in progress. With the approval of our leadership and some budget help, we launched the waste reduction initiative at our 2023 annual parish meeting. 

Since then, all plates, cups, napkins, bowls and utensils we use at All Saints have been fully compostable. That’s right! We’re just about a year into our commitment to waste reduction and plastic elimination. By our count, we have sent more than 2,000 cups, plates, bowls and utensils to be composted instead of to a landfill! These will come back to us in our bucket from WasteNot in the coming weeks as finished compost for our garden. Well done and thank you, All Saints community! 

This is an ongoing effort, so let’s please remember to put our “waste” where it belongs: 

• Food waste, compostable plates, napkins, utensils go in the compost bucket.

• Paper, glass, and cans go in the blue recycling bins.

• Plastics (for now) and everything else goes in the trash bins. 

We can do more with your help to further develop and implement each part of the proposal. Join the All Saints Green Team. Help with working on particular initiatives. Offer your suggestions and feedback. We would love to hear from you! 

Contact us or speak to one of our team members: Terry DeLisio, Trisha Diamond, Barbara Dufford, Allison Loecke (Chair), Josephine Koo, Chad Kruse, Liz Morris, Kathryn Nolan, Kuo-Lun Tye, and Jacqueline Wayne-Guite.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks!