Join us for our

Down Town Congregations Creation Care Coalition Meeting

Thursday October 12 2017 6:30 to 8:30pm at

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church    511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

  • Hear updates from each down town congregation creation care team, (including building renovation updates with Central & Westminster)  30 min
  • Review a draft resolution (see attached) we will invite the Downtown Clergy Group to revise and adopt in support of MN implementing the Paris Climate goals in partnership with the U.S. Climate Alliance  (and increasing the MN rewable energy standard to 50%)  15 min
  • Update from congregations working to put solar on their roof tops &/or to sign up for a community solar garden subscription 15 min
  • Update on renewable energy campaigns with members – community solar, wind source, etc  – 10 min
  • Connections state policy advocacy, 50% RES,  Line 3 Rally SEPT 28 at Capitol, etc. next steps with MN PUC – 10 min
  • Invitation for congregations to invite their members to support their cities to adopt climate action Plans – join is for our Planning for Resilient Cities Community workshops Oct 5 6:30pm Edina City Hall or Nov 9, 6pm Brookdale
  • Brainstorm ways that congregations can strengthen or rebuild their creation care teams and possible fall or spring action campaigns to engage members, letter writing, wind source, etc.  15 min
  • Set our next meeting time and topics to discuss


Guide for Congregations Taking Climate Action

Check out our new guide for congregations taking climate action with practical steps:

Four Levels of Action – Reducing CO2:

  1. Your congregation’s building
  2. Your congregation’s members
  3. Your community (including other congregations and your city)
  4. Our state, nation, and world

We also offer practical environmental stewardship resources for congregations, including our Water Resources Tool Kits: Hennepin H20 Tool KitWater Stewardship Resources


Community Solar Gardens  Your congregation and members can join our Community Solar Garden at: 

Master Water Stewards – Please invite interested volunteers from your congregation to apply online to join the 2016 Class of Master Water Stewards at:

10,000 Salty Lakes: A Seminar for Residents – Salt from our roads, parking lots, and driveways is polluting our lakes and creeks. Thanks to all that joined the December 2015 Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and Greg Wilson from Barr Engineering to learn more about the problem facing our local water bodies and what you, as a local resident, can do to help! This seminar took place at the Minnetonka Community Center and was sponsored by Nine Mile Creek, Minnehaha Creek & Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed Districts, and the City of Minnetonka.


More Resources and Past Events

Fall 2015 Workshop Greening Your Congregations, Water Wise  Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Learn about successful rain garden projects and simple steps we can all take at home to protect our lakes, streams, and ground water. Meet active volunteers from other congregations in Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, and the West Metro. The event is co-sponsored by and will feature speakers from the Arboretum, Nine Mile Creek & Riley Purgatory Watershed Districts, Cities of Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, Oak Grove Presbyterian and Family of Christ Lutheran, Pax Christi Catholic Church, and the Alliance for Sustainability.

Fall 2015 Water Stewardship Resources

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Spring 2015 Watershed & Energy Stewardship – Workshops with Congregations

(Individuals or teams) Please plan to bring a team of 2 or more volunteers so you can catch both second hour sessions on energy and watershed stewardship.

Spring into Green Resource Fair – Saturday March 14, 2015, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis, MN:

Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer – Thursday March 19, 2015, 5440 Penn Ave S, Mpls MN 55419: with the TRUST Congregations

Maple Grove Lutheran – Tuesday March 24, 2015, 9251 Elm Creek Blvd, Maple Grove, MN:

MWMO Office (North & NE Mpls) – Thursday March 26, 2015, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Office, 2522 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418:

St. Luke Presbyterian, Minnetonka – Monday April 13, 2015, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata, MN 55391:

  • Learn from successful projects from other congregations
  • Find great resources for your Earth Week Celebrations!

Energy Stewardship

  •  Find ways to save money on your congregation’s energy and fun and practical actions for your congregation’s members.
  • Learn about free energy audits for your congregation from Enerchange and low cost home energy audits for your members with MN CEE.
  • Learn how to buy affordable solar power for your congregation and your congregation’s members through Community Solar Gardens.

Watershed Stewardship

  • Learn how congregations can protect their watershed by installing rain gardens, adopting watershed friendly summer and winter maintenance and engaging their members to take action at home and in their yards.
  • Take a Walking Tour of the host congregation to see opportunities for rain gardens on their property with Brett Emmons of EOR, Inc.
  • Learn how to access matching project funds from your watershed district and low-cost design help

Linking Congregations in Communities & Denominations – Volunteers from congregational green teams come together in lively networking events to share their successful rain garden, community garden, energy efficiency, and waste reduction projects. With your support we will continue our 2014 successes in such communities as Bloomington, Southwest Minneapolis, Edina, Minnetonka, White Bear Lake, Mahtomedi, Roseville, Falcon Heights, Saint Paul, and Downtown Minneapolis. We are also supporting volunteers working to care for creation through their congregation to form networks of mutual support within the Lutheran, Catholic, Jewish, and other faith communities in Minnesota.

Watershed Stewardship – Help engage your staff, volunteers, and members to protect our lakes and creeks with your congregation’s property and at home.  We can link your congregation with a Master Water Steward to speak at a forum, tour your congregation’s property to look for next steps for water quality and help your members take action at home.  We are engaging congregations in the 9 Mile Creek, Minnehaha Creek, and Shingle Creek Watersheds with support from a Hennepin County Green Partners Grant and local watersheds.