Greener Pastor Award to First Presbyterian Asheville

First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina, which is an Earth Care Congregation, has shared some exciting news.  The church has been received an Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) Greener Pastors Climate Fellow Award.  This award will help the church in its continued efforts to become a greener congregation, as well as provide opportunities for unemployed residents in Asheville to find work through ABCCM’s Green Job program.  What an inventive eco-justice program.

Through the program, First Presbyterian Church will receive a free energy assessment for their church facility; help in identifying grant opportunities to fund recommended upgrades; and educational presentations to the congregation aimed at reducing energy use at church and in church members’ homes.

A “Climate Fellow,” a master’s student from a Duke University with the Environmental Defense Fund will work with the church to carry out these programs over the summer.

I look forward to learning about the successes that are sure to come from this program at First PC in Asheville.  Thanks for sharing this information.  If your church has an earth care story you’d like to share, please email  

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