St Saviour’s Anglican Church Boyup Brook
St Saviour’s Anglican Church in Boyup Brook first church in the South West to win environmental award
An award presented at the Spring Garden Festival at St Saviour’s Anglican Church on Saturday 10th of October 2015 has made it the first church in the South West to receive the Five Leaf Eco-Awards Basic Certificate. Awards program director Jessica Morthorpe was present to present the award and congratulate the congregation on their achievement. This award also makes them the 23rd church in Australia, and the eighth in Western Australia to receive a Five Leaf Eco-Award.
Ms Morthorpe introduced the program, “The Five Leaf Eco-Awards are a national ecumenical environmental change initiative for churches and religious organisations founded in 2008 to assist, inspire and reward churches for environmental action. The Five Leaf Eco-Awards are non- competitive, with churches completing task from a list of flexible criteria to earn each certificate. There are currently six awards of varying difficulty available.”
“St Saviour’s received the Basic Certificate in recognition of completing a range of environmental achievements as required by the criteria of the award, including conducting an energy audit, taking actions to reduce their resource use and create behaviour change, holding talks on the environment, celebrating World Environment Day, providing environmental suggestions to members of the congregation in their pew sheets, petitioning the shire to retain their recycling services, hosting the combined Boyup Brook Churches book sale to raise funds for Act for Peace’s ‘Seeds for Sustainability project’ and hosting the Spring Garden Festival with a focus on caring for creation.”
The award was presented at St Saviour’s first Spring Garden Festival, a very successful event that drew crowds to 21 stalls with an environment, garden or recycling themes to assist people in caring for creation, from around the region. It was a very successful event, with many people from the church and community enjoying the shopping, food and lovely weather.