Five Leaf Award
Outline: To achieve the Five Leaf Award your church must have proof that you fit the following requirements:
- Regular eco-sermons and Bible studies
- Possess a shared library of environment and sustainability texts
Further reducing the impact of church and congregation:
- Assist its congregation to generate at least 50% of their energy use via alternative energy or via sourcing green power.
- Assist its congregation to travel to and from the church with minimal environmental impact.
- Reduce their congregation’s ecological footprints and carbon emissions
- Encourage ethical purchasing behaviour and have a system of food and possession sharing/recycling.
- Exhibit a general commitment to buying local produce where these products cannot be grown
- Fair Trade Faith group accreditation or the equivalent
- Demonstrate they are working towards constant improvement of their environmental performance.
Leading the community
- At least two environment focused outreach programs
- Outreach to other churches or religious institutions to assist them in becoming more ecologically friendly
- There must be significant evidence of positive behaviour change within the congregation
- Demonstrate that they are having an impact on raising ecological awareness and sustainability in their community as a sustainability leader
These requirements are designed to be challenging as this award represents the highest level of achievement in this scheme.
- Submit the transcripts of Environmental Sermons or Bible Studies
- Submit reports on two established Environment Focused Outreach/Mission programs
- The church must demonstrate the use of energy by their congregation and proof of the purchase of green power or renewable energy sources for 50% of this.
- The library must be shown to the auditor or a list of books contained submitted
- Demonstration of provision of bikes, car pooling or a church bus
- Submit resources or proof of events used to encourage the congregation to reduce their ecological footprint
- Food and provision sharing as well as ethical purchasing policies must be demonstrated to the auditor.
- Proof must be submitted of a general commitment to purchasing local produce
- Submit Fair Trade Faith Group certificate or equivalent
- Submit evidence of efforts to assist other churches or religious organisations to become more environmentally friendly
- Behaviour change will be measured in the survey
- Impact on the community can be demonstrated by stories in local papers, public events held with attendance outside the congregation and statements by members of the community.
- The church must submit a report of their plans going forward to improve their environmental performance.
If you think your church has completed all these requirements – congratulations!
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