International Cultural Center

Greening Our Sacred Grounds

On February 9th, the ICC hosted 60 people from diverse faith traditions who came together to increase community awareness of issues related to water quality at “Greening Our Sacred Grounds”. Speakers included Paul Hlavinka of the Muddy Branch Alliance and Rev. Mary Gaut from Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. The following presentations engaged congregations in the audience:

The Environment as an Educational Tool – Munjed Murad, Green Muslims

God Makes the Rain, We Make the Runoff – Jodi Rose, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

Engaging your Congregation in Water Quality – Jim Hall, MD

National Wildlife Federation & Interfaith Power & Light’s Sacred Grounds Program – Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation

The Care and Feeding of your Congregation’s Green Team – Joelle Novey, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVa)

In addition, several networking and project ideas for faith groups were discussed:

10,000 Trees Program – Kolya Braun-Greiner, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

Cleaning the Streams: Using FieldScope5 to Gather and Analyze Project Data – Alena Rosen, Alice Ferguson Foundation

Less Lawn, More Life, Clean Water – Merikay Smith, Master Gardener