EcoTeam


The mission of the EcoTeam is to make our planet sustainable through reduced use of fossil fuels, recycling, and responsible living. We meet on various Sundays after church; contact John Schmidt to find out our next meeting or to be included on our email list: jschmidt007@nycap.rr.com. We welcome new members.

Activities

Eco-Team Promotes Recycling

Have you noticed the new blue trash containers with the recycling logo on them at church?  The Eco-Team recently purchased twelve 7-gallon recycling trash containers for our classrooms.  We hope that this will cut down on the paper that is currently going into the regular trash.  This may be a small step but we feel that it is a step in the right direction to increase awareness that we are stewards of the environment and, as such, our job is to protect and preserve what God has given us.  Please help us ensure that only paper is placed in these new containers.

blue recycling trash canLois Heyer

Eco-Team member Lois Heyer (pictured) shares with the group a new material invented by two RPI students called Ecovative, which is made from mushroom roots and agricultural salvage. The inventors are developing many applications for this material, such as planters, insulation, packaging, surf boards and more. Want to learn more? Check out this link: https://www.ecovativedesign.com/

Save That Styrofoam!

The amount of trash Americans generate almost doubles right after the holidays. Styrofoam from packaging takes decades to decompose. Bring your Styrofoam peanuts and blocks from Christmas presents and any other Styrofoam to the garage at the far end of the church parking lot before or after the 9:30 a.m. service on January 7 or January 14. The Eco-Team will be taking the Styrofoam to Shelter Enterprises in Cohoes to be recycled. Your Styrofoam needs to be clean and free of debris such as tape, cardboard or wires.

syrofoam cups and takeout containers

Luke Garden

Luke 12:27: Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

For the Spring of 2017, we are planning an attractive, low maintenance wildflower meadow as a neighborhood demonstration project to benefit wildlife, particularly native pollinating insects, on a portion of the church lawn that currently requires regular mowing. Details on the Luke Garden, or how you can establish one in your own yard.

Highway Clean-up

We are part of the Adopt-a-Highway Program of the NY Dept. of Transportation. Join us as we clean up Route 9/20 in East Greenbush & Schodack. We meet at the church on the first Saturdays in April, June, August, and October. Look for notices in the newsletter and bulletin.

K. Henson and K. and C. Conley wearing reflective vests and holding a garbage bag Letterick family participating in highway clean-up. Standing alongside road wearing reflective vests and hard hats

Big Green Box for battery recycling

Recycling drop off box for batteries

You are now able to recycle your alkaline batteries at church. Look for the box in the church foyer. Since the use of mercury in alkaline batteries was phased out, these batteries have become less of an issue when disposed in landfills, but they still contain materials that are completely recoverable and reusable in countless products. So, "go green" and bring your alkaline batteries in and drop them into the Big Green Box!

Remember that is important to recycle rechargeable batteries, which contain significant quantities of heavy metals that can leak into landfills and eventually reach groundwater. You can recycle rechargeable batteries at many hardware and building materials' stores.

 

Global Climate Change

What are the facts about climate change? Many people look around, and dismiss the dire predictions, thinking that Mother Nature seems to be doing just fine. However, consider the fact that 477 documented vertebrates (therefore a conservative estimate) have gone extinct since 1900, rather than the nine that would be expected at natural rates (Ceballos G et al., Science Advances 1(5) 2015). The consensus that humans are causing recent global warming is shared by 90%100% of publishing climate scientists, according to six independent studies, including surveys by non-experts. (Cook, John, et al., Environmental Research Letters 11(4) 2016.) The evidence is mounting that climate change is happening and is actually happening now. As time progresses, the success of repairing or slowing climate change diminishes. Therefore, action must be taken now to avert future harm. Read more facts about climate change.

When contemplating climate change, many people consider the task too big to tackle. Some easy ways to combat climate change are:

Year-round Responsible Living

There are many ways that you can be environmentally-responsible. Read the list of eco-tips, or check out our occasional bulletin boards on Sunday.

Easel for Reduce, Recycle and Reuse on display in church fellowship hall