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Keywords:

  • certification;
  • community-based social marketing;
  • congregation;
  • eco-spirituality;
  • environmental;
  • environmental justice;
  • faith-based;
  • GreenFaith;
  • interfaith;
  • organizational transformation;
  • religious-environmental;
  • spirit;
  • stewardship

Abstract As religious-environmental awareness in the United States becomes more widespread, many faith-based institutions find themselves unaware of the range of environmental actions that they can take, and methods for organizing their efforts for greatest impact. This essay conceptualizes Spirit, Stewardship, and Justice as organizing values for understanding religious-environmental efforts. The essay then reviews environmental action steps that faith-based institutions can take, including the integration of environmental focus into worship, religious education, spiritual practices, energy and water conservation, food practices, waste management, toxics reduction, environmental justice education, alliance building, advocacy, and community organizing. The essay concludes with a review of research on community-based social marketing and organizational transformation, offering these as methods for increasing the impact of religious efforts to address energy and protect the environment.