Going Green

Disciples put an emphasis on care of creation, so it stands to reason the General Assembly would be “green.” Here are some facts and advice from our environmental justice ministry, Green Chalice, a part of Disciples Home Missions.

 

Drive Smart– up to 30% of the difference in miles per gallon (MPG) is due to driving habits. Cut CO2 when you drive by:
– Accelerating slowly and smoothly
– Driving the speed limit
– Maintaining a steady speed
– Anticipating your stops and starts

Maintenance Keep your car tuned up and running efficiently and keep your tires properly inflated (just this can save 400-700 pounds of CO2 per year).

Carpool to the General Assembly with people from your area.

Bring your bicycle or rent one from the bikeshare stations: https://www.pacersbikeshare.org/

Ride the bus or rent an IndyGo bike: http://www.indygo.net/

  1. Reduce waste by being mindful and using less.
  2. Bring water bottles and coffee mugs to use and refill.
  3. Bring reusable bags for shopping.
  4. Recycle paper, glass, and plastic.
  5. Reuse hotel towels and sheets to conserve water.
  6. Only take brochures and goodies from the Exhibit Hall that are really useful.
  7. Split meals at restaurants to save on “to go” containers.
  8. Eat at local restaurants (http://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-indys-top-25-local-restaurants)
  9. Let’s shop local

Food Co-ops: http://www.localharvest.org/indianapolis-in/food-coops

Farmer’s Market: http://www.indycm.com/farmers-market/

and visit the Green Chalice Booth in the Disciples Home Missions area of the Exhibit Hall.

Americans use about 50,000 pounds of carbon each year through energy use in our homes, work places, shopping, travel, etc. We can “offset” some of that carbon by planting trees and supporting creation care organizations. Learn more: http://www.carbonfund.org/reduce and http://www.communitycarbontrees.org/plant-a-tree

Disciple’s Creation Care Program is Green Chalice

https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/dhm/dhm-ministries/environment/green-chalice-congregation-program/

Sign the Green Chalice Covenant

https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/dhm/dhm-ministries/environment/the-alverna-covenant/