Eco Congregation

Eco-Congregation Scotland is a growing movement of over 250 congregations across the country, representing nine denominations.  The aim is to help congregations to understand environmental issues and to make appropriate practical and spiritual responses.

We have an Ethical Purchasing Policy that has been adopted by the Congregational Board.  In essence it means that we will consider the impact of any purchasing on the both the environment and on producers.

A church can call itself an Eco-Congregation when it has registered and completes a ‘green’ audit.  It then has the opportunity to work through several modules before applying for Eco-Congregation awards.

Dunscore Church has been an Eco-Congregation since 2003 and were delighted in early 2012 to join a very small handful of churches to have gained a 3rd award and, further, in 2016 to join just three other congregations to hold the Continuing Award.

We have a thriving Eco-Congregation group that meets about every three months and we involve the whole church in our activities wherever possible. We also try to forge links with community groups, including Dunscore School (which is an Eco-School) and the Pre-School.

Activities have included:

  • Helping the congregation and the local community to measure and reduce their Carbon Footprints.
  • Leading monthly litter picks around our local lanes.
  • Maintaining and expanding a Dunscore Freecycle scheme.
  • Organising events such as a visit from the Council Climate Change Champion and talks on “green” topics.
  • Helping Dunscore School to with their Eco Group.

ECO TIP

Most U.K. fridges are set to 7degC but lowering that to 4C could increase the lifespan of your produce by up to three days. This helps prevent food waste and saves money as you won’t need to restock your fridge so often.

As a church we use recycled paper and environmentally-safe cleaning products. Renewable electricity is supplied by Good Energy to the church. We actively recycle paper, print cartridges and plastics. We use only Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar and members of the congregation are on the village Fairtrade Steering Group.. Every week in the Church Family Notices there is an ‘Eco Snippet’ which gives a little information on environmental issues.

We are keen to encourage other churches, especially those in our own Presbytery, to become Eco-Congregations.

More information on Eco-congregations is available at: www.ecocongregationscotland.org

ECO TIP

Check use-by and best- before dates on packaging: use-by, always on fresh food, means it will go off after that date and shouldn’t be eaten; best-before, on store cupboard foods, for instance, tells you when it is at its peak, but there’s no end date because there is less risk to your safety.