Ross Memorial Uniting Church WA
Ross Memorial Uniting Church’s environmental work has included switching to energy efficient lighting, recycled paper products, installing a dual flush toilet, recycling batteries, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, holding an environment themed Blessing of the Animals service, providing information sheets and flyers to their congregation, inviting Perth City Farm to teach their congregation how to build a worm farm and grow cuttings organically and running a series of events each year to coincide with Sustainable September. At their opening concert last year you had to bring a piece of e-waste to gain entry.
This small church has also had an extensive and impressive focus on environmental outreach. Forums held last year included talks on sustainable transport, the Green Street in Fremantle, and Men of the Trees. In September 2011, along with the other Uniting Church in the City congregations, Ross Memorial was involved in a “Stop the watts” campaign and challenged the synods to reduce their energy use. As a result of this, the UCIC office reduced its energy use by 30%. The church also often uses its forecourt for a range of events, including stalls by the World Wildlife Fund and the City of Perth’s Living Smart Program.
In May 2012 Ross Memorial Uniting Church was presented with both the Basic Certificate and Eco-Worship Leaf Award.