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Green Team-Greening Congregation

In March of 2014, the congregation at EUMC participated in an energy/consuption survey in which we asked what current steps people were taking to save energy, reduce consumption, and live sustainably. We have tallied the results and are very excited about what the 158 people who completed the survey are doing.

To read the final report, please click HERE.


On February 18, 2009, EUMC was designated as an official "Greening Congregation" by Earth Ministry, an ecumenical environmental organization, based in Seattle. The church received its official designation banner during Earth Day Sunday Service on April 19th from a representative of Earth Ministry. This designation tells everyone who uses our church that EUMC is committed to good stewardship of the building (and its activities), the community, and the earth. It also reminds us as members to always keep the earth's stewardship as part of our planning and implementation processes. Annual Plans and reports are due each year to ensure that the church is continuing its "Greening" activities. Opportunities to collaborate and cooperate with other organizations and churches are offered through Earth Ministry, as well as networking information on the local, national, and international level. 

A Sample of EUMC’s Green Accomplishments (2006-2014)

  • Energy Audit by PUD and Green Team to Identify Problem Areas
  • Energy Review of freezers and refrigerators
  • Compost Service instituted with Cedar Grove Composting
  • Waste (compost, recycling, trash)  Separation for Church Events
  • Composting containers in church kitchens
  • Trash (Landfill) pick-ups Reduced
  • Reusable cups and glasses for Coffee Hours
  • Styrofoam Cup Elimination
  • Non-Compostable Paper Products Elimination
  • Dishwashing at most EUMC meal events
  • Economical Savings in Waste Management
  • Reusable plates, cups, glasses, and silverware for coffee hours & most church events
  • Tracking and reporting on gas and electrical usage at EUMC over a 5 year period
  • Numerous meetings, consultations, deliberations, and recommendations with PSE and PSE staff regarding upgrading and energy efficient building operation
  • Research grant applications to SnoPUD for rebates on efficient lighting program
  • PUD grant for Lighting Efficiency Improvements
  • Replacement of incandescent bulbs with florescent or LED bulbs inside EUMC
  • Motion and sound sensors for most lights inside EUMC
  • Higher efficiency light bulbs outside EUMC
  • Furnace Task Force to Research Efficient Heating Options – 2 year process
  • Engineering Consultant to Analyze Furnace Options for EUMC
  • Earth Sunday Service Celebration annually
  • Speakers for Adult Group Earth Sunday- past five years
  • Green Team Expo
  • Reduced Carbon Emissions by Walking, Biking, Busing, and Carpooling to Church
  • Master Gardening Class
  • Children’s Sermon, Earth Sundays
  • Installed Bike Rack
  • Installed Bus Stop Seating
  • Recognized as Greening Congregation by Earth Ministry
  • Became Member of Earth Ministry
  • Reduced Energy Consumption and received rebate check of $3000 from PUD-toward expense of new lighting installation- represents church savings
  • Recommendation to Trustees by Furnace Task Force for the purchase of Boiler-type Furnace for EUMC
  • Trustees approved purchase of boiler furnace for EUMC and equipment, furnace, and digital controls installed – 2011
  • Increased savings from use of new furnace during the first year of $6000 and reduction of 4100 gas therms, resulting in fewer carbon emissions