Earth Care Congregations

Earth Care CongregationsIs your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved in being stewards of God’s earth? Use Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches to find ideas for earth care projects.

To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the Earth Care Pledge and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. Submit your application (see below “getting started”) January 1-February 15 of the calendar year in which you’d like to be certified.

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Getting started: Earth Care Congregations applications

Get started on the path to becoming an Earth Care Congregation or find re-certification materials by downloading “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.”

NOTE: The annual enrollment/recertification period is January 1-February 15. You may begin submitting your application at the start of the New Year. Applications are accepted through February 15.

To become certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation in the first year, a church fills out the Earth Care Pledge and tracks its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. The Earth Care Congregation First Year Application (excel form) is to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to

To become re-certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church tracks its continued commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Progress in each of the areas should be marked since the time of the last certification. The Earth Care Congregation Recertification Application (excel form) is to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to

Going interfaith

As an option for churches that would like to take advantage of additional resources, coaching, and interfaith connections, Environmental Ministries has partnered with GreenFaith to invite Presbyterian congregations to consider this interfaith certification program. Going through GreenFaith’s two year intensive will count for PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation certification and will enable participating churches to raise effective environmental leaders, reduce their operating expenses, and attract new members. Click here to learn more about the resources, webinars, and collaboration between Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith.  To listen to a recording of a webinar that introduces the GreenFaith program, click here.

Green Leaf Seal camps

You won’t be surprised to know that much of our learning about God’s creation, our practice at being faithful members of God’s natural world, and our inspiration to keep doing more for environmental justice is happening at Presbyterian camps and conference centers! We celebrate and lift up these Presbyterian camps and conference centers who were certified with the Green Leaf Seal, administered between PCCCA and Environmental Ministries between 2009-2016 (with support from PEC for years before that as well). As more camps naturally incorporate environmental education, farming and gardening practices, and other green elements, the Green Leaf Seal program is in discernment with PCCCA and Presbyterian camp and conference centers. Meanwhile we give thanks for the “early adopters” and lift them up as examples! 

Green Leaf Seal camps and conference centers are:
Buc Outdoor Center, Sapphire, NC
Calvin Center, Hampton, GA
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville, VA
Camp Kintail, Ontario, CANADA
Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake, Roscommon, MI
Camp Wilmot, Wilmot, NH
Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center, Lithia, FL
Cherokee Retreat Center, White, GA
Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, Slippery Rock, PA
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, Little Rock, AR
Gilmont Camp and Conference Center, Gilmer, TX
Heartland Presbyterian Center, Parkville, MO
Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center, Allenspark, CO
Holmes Camp and Conference Center, Holmes, NY
Hopewell Camp and Conference Center, Oxford, MS
John Knox Center, Ten Mile, TN
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, OR
Montgomery Presbyterian Center, Stake, FL
Montreat Confernece Center, Montreat, NC
Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Cook Station, MO
Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, Hunt, TX
Presbytery Point Camp, Republic, MI
Pyoca Camp, Conference and Retreat Center, Brownstown, IN
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY
Tall Timber Ranch, Leavenworth, WA
Westminster Woods, Occidental, CA

The following churches are certified as Earth Care Congregations:

  • Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church,  Louisville KY
  • Bayfield Presbyterian Church,  Bayfield WI
  • Black Mountain Presbyterian Church,  Black Mountain NC
  • Black River Presbyterian Church,  Ivanhoe NC
  • Blacksburg Presbyterian Church,  Blacksburg VA
  • Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church,  Bethesda MD
  • Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, Brevard NC
  • Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX
  • Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Catonsville MD
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta,  Atlanta GA
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Waxahachie, Waxahachie TX
  • Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
  • Christ Church Uniting Disciples & Presbyterians, Kailua HI
  • Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville NJ
  • Church of the Covenant, Boston MA
  • Church of the Pilgrims, Washington DC
  • Church of the Reconciliation, Chapel Hill NC
  • Churchville Presbyterian Church, Churchville MD
  • Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Colonial Heights VA
  • Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Portland, Portland OR
  • Common Ground Church Community, North Lima OH
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church, Athens, Athens GA
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church, ohnson City, Johnson City TN
  • Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, Louisville KY
  • Culver City Presbyterian Church, Culver City CA
  • Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson NC
  • Davis Community Church, Davis CA
  • Dorchester Presbyterian Church, Summerville SC
  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bedford TX
  • Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Heights OH
  • Fellowship Presbyterian Church (USA), Huntsville AL
  • First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, Caldwell NJ
  • First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, Annapolis MD
  • First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, Asheville NC
  • First Presbyterian Church of Bend, Bend OR
  • First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, Champaign IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Clarks Summit PA
  • First Presbyterian Church of Colby, Colby KS
  • First Presbyterian Church of Concord, Concord NC
  • First Presbyterian Church of Conway, Conway AR
  • First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, Cooperstown NY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove, Cottage Grove OR
  • First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Decatur MI
  • First Presbyterian Church of Delaware, Delaware OH
  • First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville, Edwardsville IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown KY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne IN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Henderson, Henderson TX
  • First Presbyterian Church of Hoopeston, Hoopeston IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia MD
  • First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, Ithaca NY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Jackson TN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville IN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo MI
  • First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, Lawrence KS
  • First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, Little Rock AR
  • First Presbyterian Church of Livingston, Livingston AL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Logan, Logan UT
  • First Presbyterian Church of Marshfield, Marshfield WI
  • First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Monticello IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge TN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto CA
  • First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Richardson TX
  • First Presbyterian Church of San Bernardino, San Bernardino CA
  • First Presbyterian Church of Sandpoint, Sandpoint ID
  • First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, Santa Fe NM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake NY
  • First Presbyterian Church of South St Paul, South St Paul MN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater, Stillwater MN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater, Stillwater OK
  • First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, Urbana IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Waco, Waco TX
  • First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, Wooster OH
  • First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights NY
  • First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville AR
  • Flagstaff Federated Community Church, Flagstaff AZ
  • Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC
  • Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, Cleveland Hts. OH
  • Fort King Presbyterian Church, Ocala FL
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago IL
  • Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, Stevens Point WI
  • Franklin Presbyterian Church, Franklin KY
  • Fredonia Presbyterian Church, Fredonia NY
  • Gautier Presbyterian Church, Gautier MS
  • Geneva Presbyterian Church, Potomac MD
  • Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw PA
  • Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, South Easton MA
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, Asheville NC
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, Overland Park KS
  • Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian, Louisville KY
  • Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Hillsborough, Presbyterian NC
  • Homestead United Presbyterian Church, Homestead PA
  • Hunter Presbyterian Church, Lexington KY
  • Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, Bordentown NJ
  • John Knox Presbyterian Church, Florissant MO
  • Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian, Cary NC
  • Knox Presbyterian Church, Falls Church VA
  • Korean Church of Boston, Brookline MA
  • Latah Valley Presbyterian Church, Spokane WA
  • Light Street Presbyterian Church, Baltimore MD
  • Macalester-Plymouth United Church, Saint Paul MN
  • Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson MD
  • McGregor Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC
  • Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland CA
  • Montevallo Presbyterian Church, Montevallo AL
  • Montreat Presbyterian Church (USA), Montreat NC
  • Nashua Presbyterian Church, Nashua NH
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, Asheville, Asheville NC
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Chattanooga TN
  • New Life Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque, Albuquerque NM
  • New Life Presbyterian Church, Roseville, Roseville MN
  • New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville TN
  • Newport Presbyterian Church, Bellevue WA
  • North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian, Anderson SC
  • North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville NY
  • Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia PA
  • Old South Presbyterian Church, Newburyport MA
  • Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Orchard Park NY
  • Oswego Presbyterian Church, Oswego IL
  • Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse NY
  • Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg PA
  • Plumsted Presbyterian Church, New Egypt NJ
  • Presbyterian Church in Morristown, Morristown NJ
  • Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, Chatham NJ
  • Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, Burnsville MN
  • Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, Charlotte NC
  • Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, Fairfax VA
  • Radcliff Presbyterian Church, Radcliff KY
  • Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL
  • River Glen Presbyterian Church, Naperville IL
  • Riverlawn Presbyterian Church, Saint Albans WV
  • Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville FL
  • Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami FL
  • Rockville United Church, Rockville MD
  • Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, Overland Park KS
  • Saint James Presbyterian Church, Bellingham WA
  • Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, North Bethesda MD
  • Second Presbyterian Church of Kansas City, Kansas City MO
  • Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, Little Rock AR
  • Second Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, St Louis MO
  • Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC
  • Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, Shepherdstown WV
  • Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, Mechanicsburg PA
  • Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh PA
  • Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton OR
  • Springdale Presbyterian Church, Louisville KY
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Billings, Billings MT
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Boulder, Boulder CO
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Tucker, Tucker GA
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Kilmarnock, Kilmarnock VA
  • St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach, Newport Beach CA
  • St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Portland, Portland OR
  • State College Presbyterian Church, State College PA
  • Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Swarthmore PA
  • The Community Church, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea FL
  • The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, The Woodlands TX
  • Towson Presbyterian Church, Towson MD
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Atlanta GA
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton, Denton TX
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Brunswick, East Brunswick NJ
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg VA
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney, McKinney TX
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Nashville TN
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Wilmington DE
  • United Presbyterian Church of Cleburne, Cleburne TX
  • United Presbyterian Church of East Guilford, Sidney NY
  • Unity Presbyterian Church of Denver, Denver NC
  • Unity Presbyterian Church of Terre Haute, Terre Haute IN
  • Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village KS
  • Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, Wake Forest NC
  • Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington MD
  • Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, Wauwatosa WI
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, Webster Groves MO
  • Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, Seattle WA
  • West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
  • Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, Austin TX
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, Charlottesville VA
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Eugene, Eugene OR
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Gainesville FL
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Lincoln NE
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, Minneapolis MN
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Nashville TN
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portage, Portage MI
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Springfield IL
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Wilmington DE
  • White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
  • White Plains Presbyterian Church, White Plains NY
  • Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg VA
  • Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church, Wildwood MO
  • Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park MD

We commend these congregations for their commitment to caring for God’s earth.

See a map of Earth Care Congregations

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