Environmental Stewardship

Clean Energy Petition

Concerned about our changing climate? Interested in clean energy to benefit our local communities? Stop by the Environmental Stewardship Work Area table in the parlor after services on Sunday, November 25, to sign a "clean energy petition postcard" to be submitted to your village leadership.

A new group, the DuPage Clean Energy Coalition, is collecting these postcards throughout DuPage County to let towns' leaders know that residents want to see more renewable energy like solar power. Together, we can act locally on climate change, help improve quality of life in our community, and make a big difference for our amazing planet.

Adopt-a-Stream Annual River Clean-up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 19, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 19 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep.

All you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves, if you have them. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the parlor, or you can email Vera Miller at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to RSVP.

See attached flyer for more information.

Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am

Adopt-a-Stream Annual River Clean-up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 20, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 20 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep.

The only things you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves if you have them. Tools, water and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets will be available prior to the event, or you can email Vera Miller at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to RSVP.

Date: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00am

Prayer Garden Clean-up

This Spring all are invited to join the Environmental Stewardship Work Group in cleaning out the Prayer Garden. Invasive plants have laid claim to this space and we will work together to clean out the old to prepare for the new. For more details, please contact Sandy Parks at sparks999@att.net.

Location: 
Prayer Garden
Date: 
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Adopt-a-Stream Volunteer Event

Our first Adopt-a-Stream event on May 21 was a great success with 20 volunteers from the congregation helping to clean up a section of St. Joseph Creek.

Sign-up for our second event on October 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. is now underway and we hope that you will join us. Kids age 7 and up can participate with a guardian.

Email Vera at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to sign-up.

Location: 
St. Joseph Creek
Date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:00am

S.O.S. - Share Our Skills Goes Green

This Saturday, June 11

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The yard waste dumpster has arrived and so have the weeds! The Board of Trustees and the Environmental Stewardship work area invite you to help clean up the church grounds this Saturday morning for the June Share Our Skills (S.O.S.) event. Bring your favorite garden and lawn tools and join with other church members for a time of fellowship and outdoor work. 

We'll gather in the parlor between 8:30-9:00 and then divide into teams to spruce up the church and parsonage grounds.

Adopt-a-Stream Annual Clean-Up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 21, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 21 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep. 

The only things you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves if you have them. Tools, water and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the narthex, or you can email Vera Miller at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to RSVP.

Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 9:00am

Benefits of Recycling

According to the E.P.A., Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is very beneficial to our environment. Some of the benefits include saving energy, saving money, reducing the amount of waste sent to our landfills, and allowing products to be used to their fullest extent.

What you may be surprised to learn is that items such as pencils, counter-tops, bicycles, cookware, jackets, carpeting, bridges, and textiles can be made from recycled items.

Ever wonder what happens to your recycled items after they are picked up by the waste management company? Go to www.countyofkane.org and then click on the Recycling tab under the Featured Links heading. Then you need to click once more on the link titled “What Happens to your Recycling after it is picked up?” Here there is a 13 ½ minute video, that explains the process. You can go directly to this video by copying the following web address into your web browser. http://www.countyofkane.org/Pages/commDisp.aspx?focusID=88

Using reusable shopping bags makes a difference too – and – can save you a little bit of money. Stores including Ultra Food and Target will give you 5 cents when you use a reusable bag. If a store you shop at frequently does not offer this service, suggest it to the manager.

Recycling makes a difference. If you need assistance finding a place to take your recyclable items visit www.earth911.org

Your participation in Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, makes a difference!

Recycle Reminders – Recycle Responsibly

See the document below for some important Recycling Reminders!

Environmental Stewardship Energy Saving Seminar

The Environmental Stewardship Work Area invites you to come and hear about Family Actions at Home: A Challenge for Us to Save Energy. Learn how to keep bills in check and increase home comfort, new smart grid updates, how to use new smart meters to lower costs, how to use a Kill-a-Watt meter to measure energy and an Energy Bike. 

This seminar will be presented by local non-profit group SCARCE. The mission of SCARCE, School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, is to inspire people, through education, to preserve & care for the Earth's natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities.

Location: 
Chapel
Date: 
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 11:15pm

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