Environmental Guild

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We meet about once a quarter to plan events, share ideas, and develop strategies to further our “greening” efforts.

Latest News

  • Earth Day Devotional for All Ages

    April 22, 2022, marks Earth Day, a day officially dedicated to an increased awareness of environmental issues. The Environmental Guild at St. David’s invites you to mark this day by giving thanks for the gift of water. Devotional developed by Father Santi Rodriguez, the Saint David’s Environmental Guild and Formation Ministries. Please share it with anyone who might find it helpful.

  • Earth Day 2022 Sunday Lecture

    Powderhorn Ranch Property

    Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m., Crail C and Zoom

    In conjunction with Earth Day, Aaron Friar of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will share the story of the Powderhorn Ranch property and the ways it will be a true natural asset for current and future generations to enjoy. Sponsored by St. David’s Environmental Guild.
    The next meeting of the Environmental Guild is this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Guild Parlor.

    Aerial photo of Matagorda Bay coastline at Powderhorn Ranch, 2014. Photo by Earl Nottingham, Texas Parks Wildlife.

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. 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.

2019 Blessing of Creation at Barking Dog Ranch

What we do

St. David’s Youth help TreeFolks, Inc.
plant saplings in Zilker Park, January 2017

Environmental Guild Speaker Podcasts

What we have done

A surprise guest visited St. David’s Earth Day Fair 2018 – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry!
PHOTO: A surprise guest visited St. David’s Earth Day Fair 2018, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry!

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.

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.


Bishop Doyle blessing solar panel, June 2016.
St. David’s solar panel array is now the largest in downtown Austin.
Green Faith