Greening Christian camps

Christian camps are green almost by definition–but they struggle with being good stewards of their facilities just like churches and business do. Here are some resources that might help out.

The EPA is a great source of information on how to make buildings and facilities more energy efficient. They have special sections on small business by industry (camps may be interested in the “lodging” section, and they have a section for congregations. They reckon most congregations could save 30% in energy costs with some strategic investments.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=small_business.sb_congregations

The Evangelical Environmental Network publishes “Creation Care” magazine, a quarterly journal that contains articles, news, essays, and bible studies on the Christian mandate to steward creation well. Several camps purchase discounted copies to make available to every staffer and counselor.

http://www.creationcare.org/magazine

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has resources on residential and commercial building construction, including technical reports on greening various kinds of facilities, and a buyers’ guide to energy efficient commercial equipment.

http://www.aceee.org/buildings/commercial.htm

The National Wildlife Habitat has hints, tips, and how-to guides on creating wildlife habitat in backyards and schoolyards, which could be used for landscaping and teaching about creation care in camp settings.

http://www.nwf.org/schoolyard/

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