Deliverance Solutions & Sustainability
Christian ministries have long been a source of support and healing for individuals in need of spiritual freedom and restoration. However, as nonprofit organizations, these ministries must also prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility in their operations. One simple but effective way to do this is through recycling.
As most of us should know, recycling is the process of reusing materials that would otherwise be discarded as waste, thereby reducing the need for new materials and conserving natural resources. By implementing a recycling program like Project Greensmart, we can reduce our environmental impact and promote sustainability in our local community.
We encourage other ministries to follow us in these steps toward a greener future. To get started with a recycling program, your ministries can take several steps I will outline below:
Conduct a waste audit: This involves examining the types and amounts of waste that your ministry produces, and identifying opportunities for recycling. For example, you may generate a lot of paper waste from handouts and prayer request forms that can be recycled.
Set up recycling stations: Once the waste audit is complete, you can set up recycling stations in convenient locations throughout your campus(s). These stations can include recycling bins for paper, plastic, and other materials that are recycled in your area.
Educate your team: It's important to educate staff / volunteers and visitors about the recycling program and the importance of sustainability. This can be done through signage and announcements, as well as through staff / volunteer training and orientations.
Track your progress: It's important to track progress to ensure that the recycling program is working effectively. This can be done by measuring the amount of waste that is diverted from landfills through recycling, and by periodically adjusting the program as needed.
By implementing a sustainability program, you promote environmental responsibility. This not only benefits the environment, but it can also help to reduce waste disposal costs and promote a positive image in your community. I saw this first hand during my years of service as an Earthsmart Champion with FedEx Ground. I took steps to promote sustainability like reducing energy use and promoting public transportation and carpooling.
By prioritizing sustainability in your operations, your ministry will do its part to create a healthier and more sustainable future for all!
Posted by Blake Stark.