First Baptist Church's "Green Team" is actively incorporating sustainable practices and policies within the church's congregational life.  Based on our belief that sustainability is a natural part of our Christian stewardship of everything that God has given us, this page will highlight the many ways FBC is working to lessen our impact on the environment. 

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. we borrow it from our children."


New Recycling Stations Offer Greener Options

 

Seven new recycling stations located around the church make it simple to recycle.  Each station has three bins: one for plastics and metals, one for paper, and one for trash.  Almost all plastics (except styrofoam) can be recycled, and all kinds of office paper, newspaper and used bulletins can be placed in the appropriate bins.  FBC also recycles styrofoam, cardboard and used compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL's) - just leave them next to the recycling stations for our maintenance team to pick up.

 

 


Farmers Market

A passion at FBC is local, sustainable food. The FBC Farmers Market has a goal to connect the community with local food and local food with a community. From June 19th until mid-September farmers sell local, organic, pesticide-free food every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. "under the tents". This will be the fourth year for the market at FBC and we are small, but mighty growing every year. There is a meal offered for $5 featuring the farmers food. If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Stephanie Allen at sallen@firstbaptistcleveland.org for an application. We have as our goal to connect local food with a community and a community with local food. 


Why we do a farmers market at FBC


Community Dinner at Farmers Market


What Steps Are We Taking Towards Sustainability?

Here are some of the changes we've made in our church life that reflect our commitment to sustainability:

  • Whenever possible, no disposable paper products are used for church events.  Coffee is served in mugs, meals are served on china, and cloth napkins and tablecoverings are used.
  • Almost all used office paper, plastic and metal, cardboard and used fluorescent light bulbs are collected and recycled. 
  • As rooms are renovated, maximum use is made of energy-efficient lighting, low-VOC paints and recyclable products.
  • Many lights have been put on motion sensors, reducing unnecessary use.
  • 90% of all church windows have been replaced with new energy-efficient, dual-paned windows.
  • Our most commonly-used cleaning agents are Green Seal certified.

Click here to read why FBC has stopped using nearly all disposable products