Environmental Stewardship

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
Genesis 2:15

Mission and Commitment Statement

We joyfully strive to be careful stewards of the environment as we honor God’s covenant with all of creation.

We welcome all people to our church and all living creatures to our earth by committing to preserve its beauty and longevity.

As followers of Christ, we seek to live the love of Christ by protecting all of God’s creation; with Christ’s humble and wise demeanor we enjoy the gifts of our environment without wasting God’s generosity.

Webster Groves Presbyterian Church is committed to environmental stewardship and implementing sustainable practices as an integral part of our ministries. We strive to minimize the environmental impact of our church, workplaces and all the events we support, in coordination with our staff, church officers and congregants.

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WGPC is proud to have been approved as an Earth Care Congregation by the PC(USA). To achieve this recognition, our Session committed to the Earth Care Pledge, which challenges us to live in a manner consistent with God’s call not only to care for creation but to commune with creation because of our love for Christ. Please contact our Mission Outreach Coordinator, Beth Kazlauskas, if you have any questions.

Environmental Corner

Plant a Tree!!
According to a study published in Science magazine in 2019, planting more than 500 billion trees could remove around 25 percent of existing carbon from the atmosphere. Researchers concluded that reforestation is "the most effective solution" for mitigating climate issues. The study also determined that there was enough land for the new forest without encroaching on farmland or urban areas. Do you have room for a tree?

Recycling 101

The average American generates 4.48 pounds of trash a day, adding to a monstrous 262 million tons of trash per year in the United States.   Approximately 35% is recycled.

Aluminum, such as beverage cans, pet food cans, aerosol cans, aluminum foil, and cookware, can be recycled.  It takes 60 days to repurpose aluminum cans.  It is cheaper to make material from recycled material than it is to make the same material from scratch.

Recycling Tips

1.  Walmart, Target, Dierbergs, and Schnucks recycle the film or stretchy plastics..that is grocery bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, zipper sandwich bags, and plastic cereal bags.  Curbside pick up does not accept these items.  We knew that, but we didn’t know any paper labels on this type of plastic needed to be cut off first.

2.  Rinse bottles with hot water and shake well.  Pour out the water, allow to dry and replace the lid back on the bottle.

3.  Any item with more than one material cannot go in your recycling bin.  For example a Pringle can has a metal base along with the cardboard round container.  One could cut off the bottom, then the container might be recycled.

Recycling Information

Our Recycling Station in Fellowship Hall accept the following:

  • markers/highlighters/pens
  • batteries (rechargeable, alkaline, hearing aid)
  • cell phones/chargers
  • corks
  • eyeglasses
  • hearing aids
  • printer cartridges
  • electric cords

For locations to recycle other items, see Where to Recycle in St. Louis

ReUse Opportunity:

WGPC is collecting "loose parts" for Urban Sprouts Child Development Center. The Center is a joyful, encouraging, and diverse educational community located in North University City. As evidenced by the 300 families on the wait list, many people are in need of high quality, predictable child care to enable them to enter the workforce. The Center is inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach and to that end, it builds learning toys from many "loose parts." WGPC has a new collection center in Fellowship Hall to gather the following for Urban Sprouts:

  • Washers and Bolts
  • Napkin Rings
  • Wood Frames
  • Buttons
  • Bracelets
  • Thimbles
  • Wood Scraps
  • Embroidery Rings
  • Thread and Ribbon Spools
  • Cabinet and Drawer Knobs

We seek to live Christ's love, welcome all people and joyfully serve God.