earth care resources and guides

Looking for ways to walk more gently on God's creation?  The Earth Care  team has collected several guides to help you make small (and large), but meaningful changes in your everyday life. Dealing with our impacts toward climate change covers many areas of our life.  Pick an area that is meaningful to you, and just get started.  

  • This guide from our mission partner, Eco-Cycle shows you all the items that can (and cannot) get placed in your curbside composting with the City of Longmont.  Did you know that when you compost and produce less landfill waste, you can save money on your City of Longmont waste removal bill?  See the City of Longmont's site to check out how you too can save $$$.

  • This is another helpful guide from our friends from Eco-Cycle.  Recycling is important.  But first, let's try to reduce the amount of plastic in our life.

  • The Eco-Cycle guide to everything that can (and cannot) be recycled here in our community.

  • This guide shows how to recycle items considered hazardous in Boulder County.  This includes items like batteries, household liquids like cleaning products, paint, propane, etc.  

  • Not sure of the best way to dispose of an item?  Use this app to look up the item in seconds to find out if it is locally recyclable, compostable, reusable, or trash.  Bookmark this page to your browser or download the app to your phone.   

  • Wondering where and how to recycle plastic bags and other plastic packaging? You can do so in special bins at the front of King Soopers stores! Recycle bubble wrap, plastic overwrap from paper towels, cereal box liners, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, produce bags, newspaper sleeves, plastic shipping envelopes, clean sandwich bags and plastic grocery bags.

  • Who said you have to spend a lot of money or shiver in the cold to better care for the earth?  We didn't!  Check out this helpful guide from Cool Congregations to using power more efficiently.  These suggestions will reduce our carbon emissions, slow down the pace of climate change and save us money!

  • Money burning a hole in your pocket?  We didn't think so.  But investing in some of the steps in this document can make significant impacts to your carbon footprint and save you money in the long run.

  • Sometimes if we do not measure something, we do not fully understand our own impact to the problem.  While the US accounts for only 4% of the world's population, we generate nearly 30% of the world's CO2 emissions.  Interested in how your household measures up? 

  • With just a few basic and  inexpensive ingredients, you can scrub, scour,  deodorize, disinfect and cleanse your entire home without the toxicity of conventional store bought cleaners. 

  • Changing the way we do food can benefit our health and help our climate at the same time.  This guide from Blessed Tomorrow provides several suggestions.  

  • Growing vegetables for your family or to share with the food insecure? Colorado State University Extension has an excellent planting guide for what and when to plant vegetable crops.

  • Did you know that Americans produce 25% MORE TRASH during the holidays? But we don’t have to! This green holiday guide will help you have a meaningful, waste-free holiday season.