Welcome to The Racine Green Congregation Program!
An interfaith coalition of congregations promoting ecologocal justice and sustainable living from faith perspectives in Racine, Wisconsin.
 Welcome our Companion Organization: The Kenosha Green Congregation Program

In the fall of 2014, Green Racine Congregations decided to devote its efforts to greening Racine. For a full accounting of Greening Greater Racine, go to www.greeninggreaterracine.weebly.com. During 2015 and most of 2016, we devoted our efforts to getting this program off the ground.
In the fall of 2016, RGC adopted a program for underserved communities by sending materials to churches in low income areas, materials about local energy assistance and county weatherization programs for distribution to constituents.
In the winter of 2017, RGC adopted a commitment to protect our local watersheds and waterways. Jim Chambers of the Root River Council spoke to our group about the Root River at the February meeting.
Next meeting: Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 to 10:00 at Saint Edwards Roman Catholic Church at 1415 Grove Avenue.
Speaker: Allison Thielen, Program Manager for the Root Pike Watershed Initiative Network: "Protecting our Watersheds and Waterways."
Our program goals are to develop informational materials and worship resources for our congregations to use in raising awareness and to strengthen our common commitment to treat our water as a sacred trust.

Click here for Notes from RGC Fall 2014 meeting and discussion of Greening Racine
Profile of areas for Greening in the Greater Racine area.
Click here for Notes from RGC Steering Committee Meeting, December 3, 2014
Link to Racine Environmental Organizations
Link to 2009 Green Racine Report.

Cool Congregation Training Program for reduction of home energy:
On Saturday, November 2, 2013. 8:30 to 9:00 at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, representatives from six congregations and the Eco-Justice Center congregations were trained in order to train members of their congregations members in reducing energy and carbon footprint in their homes. Participants calculated their own carbon footprint and made pledges to reduce energy use. We saw a power point presentation by Peter Bakken, head of the Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light Organization. Sister Janet took us through a process of getting us in touch with our faith roots and our deepest concerns. At the end, each church made plans for next steps.
To view a brochure, click here. To see a description of the program, click here.
Or, to get to the same sign-up, you can also go to the link at the Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light website, Cool Congregations Page:

http://www.wisconsinipl.org/wiplcoolcongregations.htm. (You can also get to this page from the www.wisconsinipl.org home page, by clicking on the top left “Cool Congregations” button)

Questions? Contact David Rhoads, director of the Racine Green Congregation Program at drhoads@lstc.edu
If you want to do your own energy assessment of your home, download The Home Checklist for Energy Savings: Room by Room.
Fall meeting: October 5, 2013. Kate Field on "Permaculture" Click here for a full report.
Cool Congregation Training Program for reduction of home energy: Saturday, November 2, 2013. 8:30 to 9:00. Seeking small teams from congregations to be trained and return to congregation to train members. To participate, contact David Rhoads at drhoads@lstc.edu

Spring Meeting: Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:00 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Program TBA
Featured Projects

Lent 2014:

Meatless Mondays or Veggie Mondays (Spring/ Lent, 2012)
Racine Green Congregations join for six weeks in the late winter and early spring a Lenten Discipline for those congregations observing Lent. The congregations will seek to enlist individuals and families to observe one day a week with a meatless meal, designed to reduce the carbon emissions that come from the raising of aniumals for food and also to contribute the money you save to a charity of your choice for hunger relief. 
Click here for the full resources for obsering Meatless Mondays for six weeks: Introduction, prayers, recipes, facts about hunger. Click here for just meatless recipes.
We invite others to contribute meatless recipes that we will post on the site to David Rhoads at drhoads@lstc.edu. 
Carbon Fasting for Lent. The United Church of Christ in Massachusetts sponsors an ecumenical carbon fast for Lent. If you sign up, you will receive each day via e-mail an insopirational message and a suggested activity for reducing your carbon output. The sign-up is at: http://www.macucc.org/pages/detail/2410.
Earth Day 2014. Earth Day is April 22. So it is a grand opportunity for congregations to celebrate their commitment to care for creation with worship and educational events on the weekend of April 26 and 27. Christian communities can check out the resources at the National Council of Churches site at http://nccecojustice.org/earthday/. 
Mother's Day.
Celebrate Mother Earth's Day. Trinity United Methodist holds a panel of garden specialists promoting healthy gardening practices to honor Mother Earth. At Resurrection Lutheran, they plant trees. Be creative. Find a way to celebrate and honor earth on Mother's day!
Arbor Day:
Plant Trees. This year, celebrate Arbor day by planting trees on yourchurch property and by encouraging members to plant trees. Visit the Arbor day website for ideas and information, consult with the city arborist or other local expert, and learn more about the beauty of trees and the value of trees and forests for the support of life on our planet. Get 10 free trees: www.arborday.org.


Father's Day Project:

Collect Neckties for Quilts: Collect old ties and contribute them to Prairie Moon Quilts (www.prairiemoonquilts.com), which makes quilts from the ties and contributes the quilts and the proceeds to charities. Last year, Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church and Trinity United Methodist did this project and collected hundreds of ties. Send the collected ties to Prairie Moon Quilts: Necktie Project, 31763 Intrepid Road, Macon, MO 63552. For more information, contact Jeff Sytsma at jeff12759@aol.com. Consider this project for Father's Day, June 19.

Transportation Month (May or June)
As part of our monthly emphasis, RGC offers resources to observe transportation month. Last year, Resurrection Lutheran Church observed a month-long emphasis on transportation as a means to live simply and to reduce carbon use. Check out all the resources--information, study guide, bulletin announcements, suggstions for congregation and home, and a letter template to send to representatives--under "Projects" on the side bar. See what Resurrection did with bicycles, smart cars, and more. Transportation month at Resurrection.
Celebrate the Season of Creation (2014). To prepare for this, go to www.letallcreationpraise.org where you will find all the resources needed for worship committees, preachers, and education committees to plan and carry out this important season of the church year.
News Items


Racine Habitat ReStore is now providing no charge electronic recycling at 2302 DeKoven Ave. Deliver electronic items to ReStore, located in the Kranz building one block east of Taylor Ave. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 to 4 and Saturdays 9 to 4.


Electronic recycling service has been added to to the ReStore mission of selling donated new and used construction materials, household furniture, major appliances and fixtures. All proceeds are used to build and rehab Habitat homes in Racine.


Accepted electronics include TVs and monitors, computers / laptops and parts, peripherals, printers, stereos, video and audio recorders, phones, typewriters, video game consoles and more.

Questions: call 262 898 2929 Lois Solberg, Mgr.


Gateway Earth Day Eco-Fair: TBA
Bird City USA: Racine has qualified to be declard a "Bird City" by the organization Bird City USA. To see the criteria for this selection, go to www.birdcitywisconsin.org.
Racine Marinas Certified as "Green." All four of Racine's marinas--Reefpoint, LakeShore Towers, Gaslight Pointe, and the racine Yacht Club have been certified as clean marinas by the recently formed Wisconsin Marina Association. For news and a guidebook, go to www.wisconsincleanmarina.org.
WE Energies Energy Efficiency Program for Congregations.
WE Energies offers congregations free energy audits, reports with recommendations, some free energy saving devices, and many incentives on products to reduce energy. This is a no brainer!! Even if you have done this longer than three years ago, it is worthwhile doing it again and taking it to the next level. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. At our RGC meeting on Saturday May 1 at 8:30 (see details above), Jon Young, the Souteastern WI point person for this program, presented a power point about this initiative. Invite property people and trustees. For more information, click here and go to the WE Energies Web site link for small businesses.
Wild Root Market: Developing a New Food Co-op in Racine.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of southeastern Wisconsin through the sustainable operation of a full-service, cooperatively owned grocery store serving its community, employees and owners while working as a part of a stronger local food system.  


Wild Root Market is a values driven business which will operate according to the 7 Cooperative Principles  Thusly, Wild Root Market will promote and model business practices which underscore the ideas of equality, economic justice, environmental sustainability, and fair trade.  As a for-profit corporation, Wild Root Market promises to be an excellent corporate citizen that values a triple bottom line:  profit, people, and planet.  For more information about Wild Root Market, to buy a share, or to become involved in growing it's membership, please send inquiries or mailto:colleen@wildrootmarket.com.