Green Initiatives

Living Green Frontpage 2Trinity Lutheran Seminary is a participant in the pilot cohort of the Seminary Environmental Certification Program, a program administered by GreenFaith. The Certification Green Team, who will shepherd the certification program over the next few years, includes: Ron Benedick and Kailee Hefflebower (staff); and Ian McMichael and Jared Howard (students). Board members Rod Chu and Deb Yandala agreed to provide board support.

Trinity already has engaged in a number of steps required in the certification process, including an energy audit, updating the seminary’s HVAC system, tracking campus energy use, and enhancing recycling efforts. Standards for certification fall into five areas: education, liturgy/ritual, buildings and grounds, community life and public leadership.

The seminary-sponsored SEEDS group held a retreat in April at Lutheran Memorial Camp to discuss the seminary’s application and begin the work required of certification.

Students Justin Ferko and Jared Howard participated in a Faith Climate Action Rally at the Ohio Statehouse where Jared gave the closing prayer. After the rally, Jared and Justin participated in lobbying efforts with state senators and representatives.

SEEDS hosted a Climate Science lecture on "Extreme Weather in a Changing World: Impacts on Ohio and Beyond," featuring Dr. Aaron B. Wilson of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center of The Ohio State University.

Herbs and winter greens (Kale and Mustard) were planted in the seminary garden. 

A Blessing of the Garden service was held with the community planting sunflower seeds.

Students continued to participate in walks and hikes throughout Columbus metro parks and other nature preserves.