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Process and Requirements

This describes the 5 step process involved with the Certification Program, including applying, the first 6 months, the action plan requirements, progress reports and graduation.

 “The GreenFaith Certification program has given us a framework and a structure to organize our environmental initiatives around, support and background so we don't have to recreate the wheel, and a larger community to share and learn with. We highly recommend the Certification program, and encourage houses of worship looking to step up their environmental and sustainability programs to take on the challenge the Program represents.”

Harriet Shugarman
Green team leader, Temple Beth Rishon


The GreenFaith Certification Program is organized into a 5-step process that includes a number of requirements. Participating institutions must complete each of these steps and their accompanying requirements to be recognized as a GreenFaith Sanctuary.


STEP 1: Apply to the Program

Click here to see a detailed description of steps involved in the application process.


STEP 2: Getting Started (First 6 Months of the Program)

  1. Write a Mission Statement
  2. Develop a Communications Plan
  3. Conduct a Comprehensive Audit
  4. Develop an Action Plan for fulfilling the Spirit,                                                        Stewardship and Justice requirements.


STEP 3: Implement your Action Plan

The Certification Program is a leadership program, and as such the action steps over the 2 years are comprehensive.  Institutions must do eco-themed worship services, incorporate environmental themes into religious education, offer interfaith and inter-generational events, 'green' their building operations, and advocate and educate around the issue of environmental justice. Click here to see a detailed summary of the requirements that you will need to include in your Action Plan.

Members of Christ Church participate in a Fair Food letter writing campaign


STEP 4: Submit Progress Reports Twice Yearly

Institutions will be asked to submit progress reports twice per year, which provide GreenFaith staff with a snapshot of your successes, and allow your congregation the space to discuss your challenges and needs.  Institutions will be asked to submit documentation of their actions with each progress report.

STEP 5: Become a GreenFaith Sanctuary

After completing all Certification Program requirements, institutions will be designated as a GreenFaith Sanctuary!  To maintain status as a GreenFaith Sanctuary, institutions will be required to....

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