Eco-spirit strong in New Westminster

Published April 1, 2010

In 2005, in celebration of its 125th year, the environmental unit of the diocese of New Westminster published a book-let called 125 Ways to Green Your Parish. 
This booklet has become a resource for Anglicans in British Columbia and the Yukon, to respond to one of the most urgent issues of our time: care for the earth. Then, in 2007, New Westminster passed a resolution calling on its 80 parishes to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and introducing programs to achieve them.

If you’re looking to green your parish, why not take a page from the New Westminster booklet? You’ll find it at, along with other resources to help save the environment. Some of the suggestions are simple and inexpensive; others require planning. All are practical, measurable and achievable. Here’s a sample

  • Place lamps in a corner against two walls, so light reflects off them. A simple trick for better illumination!
  • Install a programmable thermostat or reduce the temperature manually when no one is in the building. Programmable thermostats are not expensive, and are easy to install.
  • Purchase paper products (paper towel and toilet paper) that have a high recycled fibre content. The Kleercut campaign from Greenpeace can provide guidance:
  • Convert some of the church lawn into community garden plots for local residents. Use a plot for growing food for community meals.
  • Save water by keeping a jug of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap until the water gets cool. Ω


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