Our Sustainability Practices

First Church is a leader among congregations committed to making our planet more sustainable.  Check out some of the things we've done so far:

  • Installed 124 LED light bulbs in our sanctuary, partnering with our Buildings & Grounds Committee and New Generation Energy to save $7500 and 27 tons of CO2 each year. 
  • Hosted a barn raising with 20 volunteers working to weatherize and reduce water usage throughout the entire building with HEET.
  • Became the first graduate of the Sustainable Community Leader Program, working to reduce our environmental impact in five key areas.
  • Partnered with Mass Interfaith Power and Light on several home and congregation based sustainability initiatives.
  • Made a substantial contribution to Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon footprint in effort to make our building carbon neutral.
  • Partnered with Rockville Market Farm to have local produce shares for parishioners and friends delivered weekly to the Parsonage.  
  • Instituted composting of all coffee hour lunches and refreshments.
  • Took part in the Lenten Carbon Fast, to receive daily tips to reduce our individual energy usage substantially.
  • Signed up over a dozen families for energy audits from Next Step Living helping them take energy reducing actions.

First Church is a member of the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (CISC), which is supporting efforts to pass the Safe Communities Act in the Massachusetts state legislature. Recently, opponents of the bill began a letter-writing campaign...