At Maryland Presbyterian Church, the host for our meeting with these great compostable options, they have a native plants garden, worm composting, a demonstration garden for children, and are advocating in their state legislature for wind energy.
At Towson Presbyterian Church, there is ongoing tree planting on hundreds of acres and the church decided to keep its property always sustainable by making a conservation easement. They clean streams, do vegetable gardening, and have reached the top energy efficiency steps possible.
At Woods Presbyterian Church, they have worked on property concerns (which also save money) and are prioritizing insulation projects. They are looking into stormwater management as well, which is crucial for the area. Efforts have also been made to work with city and county councils on environmental issues.
At First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis (a city church), they have converted solely to relying on wind power! Meanwhile they are trying to fundraise and prepare for possible future solar panels. They also have a rain garden.
At First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, there is a monthly educational program that the church offers as a community service for their area. This series educates on a variety of issues. Recently they did a series on water and coming up is a series on conservation landscape. They are working on stormwater run-off to protect the stream 60’ behind their property, using their back wooded area and dry river creek beds. They also have attended and done advocacy through the “Second Tuesday” program of the PCUSA Office of Public Witness.
At Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, they are exploring recycling, learning about the Earth Care Congregation program, and educating church members about caring for God’s creation through giving away plants at special events and in creative ways.
At Catonsville Presbyterian Church, a primary focus is on advocacy. They also have the country’s oldest Scout troop, which provides opportunities to work together on earth-keeping activities.
At Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, the youth are really involved in educating the congregation. They are creating educational materials abut caring for the earth and how it makes sense as a church.
At Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, there is a great vegetable garden that they have created through a grant project.
Members of Babcock Presbyterian Church and Havenwood Presbyterian Church also attended the meeting, providing support and connection and interest.