This week I am in snowy Colorado at Highlands Camp and Retreat Center for the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association(PCCCA) Annual Conference. PCCCA’s mission is “to equip leaders for ministries of discipleship, community building and the care of Creation.” It is exciting to be with this group of folks who are passionate about this ministry. It’s wonderful to hear what camp and conference centers are doing to care for God’s creation and to teach young Presbyterians about this mission. I look forward to sharing some of these stories after the conference.
At the PCCCA conference, we will be rolling out a new program called the Green Leaf Seal that will recognize camp and conference centers that are working to care for God’s creation.
The Green Leaf Seal will be presented to camp and conference centers that care for God's earth by practicing sustainability and educating guests about environmental stewardship.
To receive a Green Leaf Seal, a camp or conference center must have completed a total of five projects or activities in the areas of facilities, education/program, operations, and outreach. The Green Leaf Seal is valid for the calendar year, and may be applied for at any point during the year. In order to maintain the Green Leaf Seal, sites must demonstrate forward progress on environmental stewardship through a total of five new or progressing projects each year.
Camp and conference centers with the Green Leaf Seal will be recognized with the following items:
• Use of the Green Leaf Seal logo for your publications and website
• Listing as a Green Leaf Seal site on the PC(USA) Environmental Ministries website
• Green Leaf Seal certificate to display at your site
• Book on environmental sustainability
Learn more about the Green Leaf Seal and download an application on the Environmental Ministries website.