Seattle's Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish campus features an array of "living green" initiatives -- projects like solar panels, water catchment, recycling and energy monitoring.
However, the long-term example set by the parish might rest more on its sustained commitment to environmental stewardship than its cutting-edge technical and operational enterprises.
The "Our Lady of Guadalupe Sustainable, Green Use Policy" clearly serves as a manifesto for parishioners and staff, and an implicit challenge to other organizations, Catholic or not.
Adopted by the parish, the policy underscores three principles -- reduce, reuse and recycle.
Fundamental to those three objectives, the policy explains, are "utilizing composting, recycling and minimizing garbage generation." And central to that, it continues, "will be the 'plastic free' theme."
Our Lady of Guadalupe was a Laudato Si' parish long before Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment was rolled out last June.
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