Committees

Renewable Energy

This committee has been working on helping spread information on Community Solar Electricity. They’ve vetted two companies and made a presentation on Community Solar to one faith community. They also have been involved in discussion with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany - resulting in the Diocese opting to begin to use Community Solar. (Note: there’s more information on Community Solar below under the Communications and Education Committee).

For more information contact Merle Longwood: longwood@siena.edu

Toward Zero Waste

Just in Time! Read tips on How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle over the Holidays, Flyer.

Follow this Link to find where to recycle almost ANYTHING in the Rensselaer County area!

Read all the dos and don'ts of recycling in the Capital District written by Steve Davis of the Hudson-Mohawk Group of the Sierra Club entitled Aspirational Recycling.

Public events create a lot of waste: Here’s our checklist for Eco-Friendly Event Planning from the Creation Care Team of St Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar, and a planning guide from Zero Waste Capital District.

Biosoil Farm recycles lots of stuff to make Premium Plant & Soil Systems that will increase crop quality and quantity.

Read a very informative article from the Sierra Club Magazines's 6/26/19 issue, "The US Recycling System is Garbage."

Union College Hospitality is Now Composting Food! Read the Article.

For more information contact Mary Cosgrove: COSGROVM@mail.strose.edu.

Advocacy

The Advocacy Committee is non-partisan and supports legislative efforts, particularly at the State level, to make our planet sustainable and reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Members lobby and write letters on behalf of the environment. Advocacy Opportunities are on our Events page. Act Now and sign an on-line letter from Faith Leaders and other petitions (Take Action)!

For more information contact Ken Scott: ken@greenfaith.org.

The Reverends Peter Cook, Executive Director of the NYS Council of Churches, and Ken Scott, Capital Region Organizer for Green Faith and CRICCC member, spoke at the CCPA Press Conference on 6/17/19 at the State Capitol. They hand-delivered a letter to the Governor from 185 faith leaders in support of CCPA.

Youth and climate strike organizers throughout the world partnered with 350.org in a Call to Action for the week of September 20. Many CRICCC members participated in the march and rally that took place in Albany on 9/20/19.

Communications and Education

This past spring the Committee led CRICCC’s co-sponsorship with Messiah Lutheran Church of a presentation by Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda on the earth’s crisis of climate change. Dr. Moe-Lobeda spoke on the “great work” that is before us: to forge ways of living together that allow Earth’s life-systems to flourish and that diminish the soul-shattering gap between those who have too much and those who have too little.

The Committee has also made three presentations to faith groups on Community Solar Electricity – a way to get solar without panels on the roof and without any upfront costs. The program describes details of how Community Solar works and what companies offer it. Read the informative handout.

Recently, the Committee led CRICCC’s co-sponsorship with Catholic Charities Commission on Peace and Justice and other Capital District groups on “Thoughts, Prayers and Climate Change: Uniting the religious and environmental communities for the common good”. It was an inspiring evening of interfaith prayer and discussion at the Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. Read the blog for highlights.

For more information contact Larry Deyss: ladeyss@gmail.com.