Diverting funds from mission and ministry outreach to building upgrades makes for difficult conversations. But by 2018, St. Martin's had reduced its carbon footprint by about 60%, its annual natural gas bill by 50% and grid electricity bills by 75%, with overall energy costs reduced by nearly 20%. With the switch to an all-electric HVAC system and the 2021 installation of the last solar array on the roof of the Sunday school classroom building, St. Martin's achieved net-zero carbon.
The Episcopal Church seeks to connect Episcopalians and others around gardening and growing food through its Good News Gardens movement. Landscaping changes at St. Mary's in Laguna Beach, California, have helped the parish not only limit its water usage but also reintegrate with the natural landscape and connect with the community.