Palma Sola is one of the 305 Earth care Congregations who have chosen to dedicate themselves to intentional earth care. Here's what we are doing as an Earth Care Congregation.
To become an Earth Care Congregation, a congregation affirms an Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into its worship, education, facilities, and outreach and completes activities in each area. Congregations are recertified each year through continuing actions in the four areas.
In 2023, our primary focus is to reduce our carbon footprint. Palma Sola Presbyterian and Westminster Presbyterian Churches have committed to lower the carbon footprint of our campus 15% by January 2025, and 25% by June 2026. The second goal meets an objective set by the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church (USA) in July 2022.
Our members and guests participate in the Earth Care Congregations program by contributing ideas, volunteering at activities, and completing similar actions in their own homes. A representative from each of the church operating teams (Renewal, Outreach, and Resources) reports regularly to Session on earth care progress and plans in their areas.