Two interfaith organizations have recognized Davis United Methodist Church's achievements in environmental stewardship. Earth Ministry, a national environmental organization with headquarters in Seattle, named Davis UMC the Greening Congregation of the Month for September 2012. Check out the story here (or paste http://earthministry.org/programs/greening-congregations/colleague-of-the-month into your browser).
In addition, California Interfaith Power & Light named Davis UMC a finalist for its Energy Oscars competition. The winning congregations from among the finalists will be announced at the CIPL annual banquet in San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
"We believe that God calls all of us to be careful stewards of our earth," said the Rev. Kelly Love, pastor at Davis UMC. "Part of caring for God's people, both at home and abroad, means caring for where they live – and that starts here in our own community."
Both awards were given in recognition of the church's efforts in recent years to conserve energy and care for God's creation. However, the precipitating factor for the timing of the awards was the installation of Sanctuary solar panels.
The awards also recognize the church's transition from paper to electronic communication; its utilization of reusable plates, cups, and utensils; Grace Garden (locally grown food saves transportation energy); participation in the Low Carbon Diet and other Cool Davis initiatives; and installation of energy-saving lights, insulation, and weather stripping.