Faith Community Symposium

Sunday, June 14   2 pm - 4:30 pm


Location: via videoconference

Sustainable Landscaping Solutions for 

Faith Communities



2:00 – 2:15 pm   Welcome. Quick recap of value of native plants/home habitat. Relationship of stewardship of our own properties to climate change and water quality.  Joanne Hutton. Invocation - Susan Hartzell


2:15 - 2:40 pm   Native plant landscaping at places of worship (conventional landscaping, pollinator gardens, trees, etc), with examples from her own place of worship.  Free or nearly free resources for faith communities.  Margaret Fisher

2:40 – 3:00 pm   Sustainable solutions to other landscaping issues, such as lawn, erosion, stormwater basins, outdoor lighting, etc   Renee Grebe

​3:00 – 3:03 pm   3 minute break


3:03 – 3:55 pm   Panel presentation on decision making and what faith communities are doing to educate their communities and to attract participation, and to reach out to the greater community

·        Dave Smith, St. Andrews Gardens - on the topic of vegetable gardens for feeding the community

·        Nancy and Stuart Davis, Beth El Hebrew Congregation

·        Ed Sabo, St. John Neumann Catholic Church

·        Mary and Steve Wharton, St. Peter's in the Woods

·        Rebecca Mordini, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

3:55 - 4:20 pm   Breakout groups by these topics - this is your chance to very briefly share ideas and successes from your own faith community:

  1. Using native plants at places of worship

  2. Other landscaping considerations

  3. Community engagement/decision making

  4. Community vegetable gardens


4:20 – 4:30 pm   Closing. Highlights from the breakout groups.

If you have time before the symposium:


Please view online a 25 minute segment of Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home ahead of time. 

Email for the password.