Social Ministry Organizations
     HOW DOES LRC SUPPORT LUTHERAN SMOs?

1. STORIES: Provides stories of SMOs to share ideas and promote greening in your organization.

2. RESOURCES: Offers ideas and resources to develop a comprehensive approach to green practices and programs.

3. NETWORKING: provides eco-reports/ contact persons from SMOs and creates a presence at the annual convention of Lutheran Services of America.

 
STORIES OF GREENING SMOs

"Lutheran Social Services Go Green" in The Lutheran
Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations engaged in bringing care for creation into their institutions: The Lutheran magazine (Jan. 2012 issue). Read the article.
 

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
Going Green is in the Bag (Wisconsin/Michigan)

"Dan Gapinski knows how to make an entrance. When he was asked to make a presentation in front of colleagues at Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, he walked on stage wearing a 'costume' of 200 plastic bags.

As chairperson of the LSS Green Team, Gapinski knew he had to make an impact in getting across the importance of recycling or reducing use of plastic bags. Though sources and statistics vary, 200 is probably on the low side in estimating the number of plastic bags the average American uses (and discards) each year." [Full story]

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
LEEDing by Example in Washington State
"Several years ago in SeaTac, Washington, Lutheran Community Services Northwest decided to build a new central office building. Early in the planning, planners worked with architects to design a building that would meet LEED specifications. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, through the U.S. Green Building Council, emphasizes site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality, resulting in a facility that is considerate of the environment." [Full story]

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
Student Presentation Ignites Organizational Green Efforts (Pennsylvania)
"In high school, Chris Burrell (pictured left) volunteered at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He served food to the elderly residents. When he started college at Temple University, he remained connected to Artman while majoring in philosophy and environmental studies.



SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
Garden Table in Washington State

Peace Lutheran Church
"Bill Hanawalt and his wife, Kathy, grow more tomatoes than they could ever eat. Kathy dreamed of starting up a farmers market like others in their Tacoma, Washington, community, but she couldn’t devote enough time to launching such a project. One day, the Hanawalts and a neighborhood master gardener, Steve Appling, were talking about this, and a smaller-scale version of a farmer’s market was born..." [Full story]

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
The Lantow Lofts (Illinois)
The Lantow Lofts
"In Rockford, Illinois, Brad Roos walks to work every day. Moving to a home closer to his office a few years back was part of his plan to reduce his own carbon footprint. But he didn’t stop there. There was one driving condition behind his new home in a structure he helped build: it had to be green.



SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
Green Building in Minneapolis (Minnesota)
Center for Changing Lives (LSSMN)
"In the Phillips neighborhood just south of downtown Minneapolis, affordable housing can be hard to come by. Just ask Jeri Nelsen, Executive Director of the Center for Changing Lives, which is run by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSSMN).
A building adjacent to the center offers 48 units of affordable housing, including 10 for people who are chronically homeless. Before the building and affordable housing units opened in November 2008, more than 1,000 applications were received, indicating the great need for affordable housing in the area."

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
The King of Green (North Carolina)

David King
"In Hickory, North Carolina, green is the color of choice at one of Lutheran Services for the Aging’s member organizations, Lutheran Home Hickory, Inc. The Maintenance Director there, David King (pictured left), is known as the 'King of Green.'




SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
A Virtual Reduction in Energy Use (Massachusetts)

"Most businesses can’t cut out a major part of their digital operation, such as eliminating e-mail, Internet, financial applications, etc. But that doesn’t mean they can’t cut out a majority of their related energy use.

That’s exactly what Lutheran Social Services of New England (LSSNE), based in Massachusetts, did when they implemented a practice known as virtualization." [Full story]

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
"Being Green is Being Smart" (Illinois)
If you could save 285 trees, 34 barrels of oil, 117,355 gallons of gas, and 50 cubic yards of land fill a year, would you? That’s what Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) did over the course of a year not long ago, an effort that netted LSSI an award from one of its vendors, Cintas.
The green efforts of this social ministry organization of the ELCA have translated in recent years to an annual savings of $250,000. So how did they do it? [Full story]

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOs
The Proof is in the (Lack of) Paper (Pennsylvania)
"Trying to become a greener social ministry organization presented a challenge of simple math for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. With 2,300 employees spanning five ELCA synods and three states—all of whom serving in over 40 different agencies in that region—where does an organization or “green committee” begin in trying to get everyone on the same page?" [Full story]

Other Stories
Stories section.For stories about greening activities in congregations, colleges, and outdoor ministry, check this link.


WELCOME FROM DAVE RHOADS

LRC is eager to promote creation-care in Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations. You will see some stories and resources on these pages that may be helpful to you. We are currently looking for a point person in social ministry work to assist us in getting the word out to other SMOs and to be a presence at the annual LSA convention. If you have  questions or an interest in working with us, please contact me at drhoads@lstc.edu.

 
ECO-RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS FOR SMOs
 
Check out thes resources designed especially for SMOs.