Reducing Carbon Footprint


Members of the 2014 Minnesota Annual Conference approved a resolution to reduce the carbon footprint of Minnesota United Methodist church buildings. The legislation (action item 501), proposed by Hopeful Earth and the Church and Society ministry team, encourages all of our congregations to:

• Estimate the carbon footprint of congregational buildings;
• Determine how to reduce it; and
• Implement those changes.

Six congregations that reduced their carbon footprint by at least 10 percent were recognized at the 2016 Annual Conference. Learn more about what they did.

Get started

Let the Hopeful Earth team know you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint by contacting Rev. Susan Mullin (612-781-3167). 

Calculate your carbon footprint

Calculate your carbon footprint

The Cool Congregations program of Interfaith Power & Light has a carbon calculator designed specifically for congregations. By answering questions about energy use, transportation, goods and services (like food and office supplies), and waste, you can get an estimate of your congregation’s carbon footprint.

Click here to calculate your carbon footprint


Create and implement your plan

The Cool Congregations website also provides ideas for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and inspirational stories from other congregations. Additional resources are listed below. A GreenCorps member hosted by Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light is also available to meet with a group from your congregation to further develop your plan and connect you with the technical and financial resources to help implement your plan.

Report your success

We want to celebrate with you and share your success. Tell us about your actions by submitting a carbon reduction report form to Rev. Susan Mullin. Also, we welcome photos, links to videos, and written articles about your carbon-reduction project.

Hopeful Earth

Hopeful Earth

Called by God to action in this urgent moment of humanity's care for creation, Hopeful Earth is a network of individuals, small groups, and churches moving toward a holistic relationship with God’s creation within the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Connect with Hopeful Earth by visiting the Hopeful Earth Facebook page.



Why this is important

Why this is important

A healthy planet is essential in order to answer God’s call to love our neighbors and heal a broken world. Food security, effective response to natural disasters, peace between nations, and the elimination of pandemic poverty and disease depend on a healthy planet. By reducing our carbon footprint by 10 percent, we will prevent tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, thereby reducing the severity of global warming for our neighbors around the world and for future generations.

The Council of Bishops’ pastoral letter, God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action, states that “we cannot help the world until we change our way of being in it.” Hopeful Earth encourages all Minnesota congregations to study the pastoral letter, rededicate themselves to God’s holy vision, practice social and environmental holiness, and live and act in hope.



• Council of Bishops pastoral letter, God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action

• Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light

• Enerchange

• Clean Energy Resource Teams

• Minnesota Energy Challenge


• Council of Bishops study guide, God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action ($9.99 to download from Cokesbury)

• A Hopeful Earth: Faith, Science, and the Message of Jesus by Bishop Sally Dyck and Sarah Ehrman ($7.14 from Cokesbury)


If your church is starting the process of reducing your carbon footprint, if you have questions about anything listed above, or if you're interested in joining Hopeful Earth, contact Rev. Susan Mullin or Cathy Velasquez Eberhart.

Connect with Hopeful Earth by visiting the Hopeful Earth Facebook page.

Minnesota UMs, churches highlighted in creation care documentary

Several Minnesota United Methodists and two Minnesota United Methodist churches (Faith UMC in St. Anthony and Prospect Park UMC in Minneapolis) were featured in an 11-minute documentary created by the Climate Reality Project. The video focuses on ways in which a variety of local churches are cutting down on energy use and why religious leaders are embracing creation care and environmental awareness.

Watch documentary

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