The Environmental Guild and Garden Guild are two energetic, friendly, and multi-generational groups of parishioners who take seriously our call as Christians to care for creation.
News from your Environmental Guild:
Did you know that St. David’s ventilation systems use nearly 100 air filters that need to be changed every 90 days? And that, thanks to our new Facilities Manager, Michael Holden, and new Parish Administrator, Jim Sargent, this task is now being done in a more environmentally sustainable manner and at a lower cost? Previously, a vendor had changed the filters, for a fee. But now a new vendor is delivering high-quality filters at a lower cost and converting the old filters into energy through fluidized bed combustion – a clean process used worldwide. And Michael, who is state-licensed to manage this process, is training our sextons to change the filters, adding to their skills and reducing our costs further. When you see Jim or Michael, be sure to thank them for their financial acumen and dedication to St. David’s environmental stewardship!
What we do:
Recycle batteries, small electronics, eyeglasses, ink cartridges, wine corks, pens and glue sticks, CD cases and more – check out our labelled drawers in the church lobby!
Tend the native flowering gardens on St. David’s campus. The Garden Guild meets the third Saturday of each month, 8:30-10:30. For more information contact John Touchet.
Maintain new beehives at Johnson’s Backyard Garden near Bastrop – to learn about upcoming, periodic workdays (with carpooling), contact Bob Davis.
Hosts speakers on environmental topics. Listen to past speakers via the podcast links below.
EMBRACING OUR EARTH SERIES:
Science, Christianity, and the Concept of Stewardship, by Genaro Lopez, Ph.D.
Contemplative Beekeeping, by Jason Minnix
Food Justice Means Environmental Justice, by Ronda Rutledge
Present an annual Earth Day Fair in April to celebrate creation with informative exhibits, an art display, an outdoor Eucharist in the Labyrinth and eco-friendly raffle prizes.
Publish helpful articles and “green” tips in church publications.
Coordinate recycling and waste-reduction efforts at the church.
Network with other religious institutions and organizations to further our mission.
What we have done:
Completed a rigorous environmental certification program offered by GreenFaith (the first church in Texas to be named a GreenFaith Sanctuary).
Coordinated a ten-year-long effort with St. David’s staff to install solar panels on the garage roof (the largest solar array in downtown Austin).
Achieved National Wildlife Certification for the Labyrinth in 2011.
Continue to be a City of Austin Green Business Partner (Platinum level) since 2012.
Won the 2012 Keep Austin Beautiful Award for Recycling and Waste Reduction.
Our Mission Statement
We believe that God entrusted all of creation to our safekeeping and that we are therefore called to be responsible stewards of God’s beloved earth. Accordingly, St. David’s commits to take an ever active and holistic approach to environmental stewardship through education, service, and sustainable practices.
We meet the second Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m. to plan events, share ideas, and develop strategies to further our “greening” efforts. To join us, please contact Catherine Lee Doar.