Green Ministry: For Environmental Harmony
The Green Ministry's mission is to celebrate God's creation by educating, encouraging and enabling the St. Luke's community to conserve resources and renew environmental harmony.
View the list of Green Ministry projects and accomplishments.
For Green Ministry questions, contact Betty Brandt.
Energize Indiana Now Paying $25 Per Audit
Help the Green Ministry buy a new dishwasher for the Fellowship Hall kitchen! Through a special program offered by all the energy companies in Indiana, a skilled representative from Energize Indiana will come to your home, do a careful energy audit and leave a report and a box full of energy saving goodies. There is no charge and you are not pressured to buy anything. In fact, if you follow this link and make an appointment on-line for your residential audit, St. Lukes' Green Ministry earns $25. These monies will be used to fund "green" projects around our campus. If you would rather have Energize Indiana contact you by phone to set up an appointment, you can pick up a request form in the main office or at the Recycling Center in the Central Passage. These completed forms should be placed in Betty Brandt's mailbox. This opportunity is not restricted to the St. Luke's community. Open to your friends and family too.
Collapsible, Ecologically Safe, Reusable Bottle
Break the single use plastic bottle habit! Buy a bright green “bottle” that can fold, snap and attach easily to your belt loop or backpack or fit in your purse. Great for traveling. Cost:$8. Contact Betty Brandt.
Break the Trash Cycle and Recycle!
Grab a Mug on Sunday Mornings
The Green Ministry is experimenting with providing mugs for your Sunday morning use. Pick up a mug instead of a paper coffee cup, use it and the return it to the cart. Keep one-use cups out of landfills and incinerators!
Make your Event a "Green Event"
For help with use of dishes, silverware, and glasses, contact Sharon Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling Center in Central Passage
Find a place to recycle:
- Children's books for Fletcher Place
- Yarn for Needlecrafter's projects
- Eyeglasses and hearing aids for Lion's Club
- All electronics for Workforce, Inc.
- Pull tabs from pop cans for Ronald McDonald House
- Printer cartridges
- Used candles
- Reusable shopping bags
Recycling Computers and All Other E-Waste
If you have a Pentium III or IV PC, please call (317) 846-2722 to make arrangements for pick up from your home or office. These computers will go to Wings for West Africa.
Non-working computers, printers and all other electronic waste (anything with a plug) can be brought to the Recycling Center in Central Passage. These computers will be donated to a not-for-profit, RecycleForce, who trains those recently released from prison to disassemble and safely recycle all the components. RecycleForce is a registered electronic recycler with the Indiana Department of Environmental management and certifies it does not dump or discard waste material.
Our summer RecycleForce/Wings for West Africa event will be Saturday, August 3, 9AM-1PM in the front parking lot . White molded foam plastic (not peanuts) can be recycled at this event. Fee is collected for TVs.
More Than 4 Tons
A visual report of our paper collections in 2011 can be found in 5 locations around the building. You will quickly see that we came close to the magic 4 ton mark several times but only crossed the line once.With your help, the Green Ministry can earn a considerable amount of money in 2012. Please bring your newspapers, catalogs, junk mail and office paper to the green and yellow Abitibi bins located at the east driveway (by Lion’s Gate) No corrugated board or cereal boxes. FYI – the blue recycling bins located in the NE corner of the back parking lot are for internal use only. Please do not bring your recycling from home to these bins.
Green Ministry Leadership Team
The Leadership Team normally meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5:30-7PM in E213 and welcomes new people to the discussion. Contact Betty Brandt or just show up.
View and register for Green Ministry classes.
Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8PM, Parlor
This 2011 documentary examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that affect us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. No fee or registration.
Eco-Habit of the Month Begins in May
All of us know more than we put into practice. Changing habits is hard. Supporting each other helps. So the Green Ministry has decided to feature an Eco-Habit of the Month. If we all practice it for a month, we can change our behaviors and make a difference. The Eco-Habit for May is e-waste recycling. Since January 1, 2011, it has been illegal in Indiana to burn in an incinerator or put into a landfill anything with a cord (Indiana Code 13-20.5). St. Luke’s partners with RecycleForce and Wings Over West Africa to safely reuse or recycle all e-waste. When you are cleaning out your garage or your basement this spring, or upgrading your equipment at home or office bring you e-waste to St. Luke’s Central Passage. Get your children involved. Tell your family and friends about this law too. You can make a difference!
June Eco-Habit of the Month: Visit a Farmers' Market
Eating Local is a popular summer adventure. Farmers’ Markets are available all over town. Meet the people who grow your food, buy something new and different, splurge on homemade pasta, taste honey made by local bees. Take the whole family for an outing, then come home and cook together. Who knew collard greens could taste so good! Click here for a link to a Farmers' Market directory and make plans to support one today.