GSS Certification

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Why Certification?

You can’t change what you don’t measure!

The Greening Sacred Spaces Certification program recognizes, celebrates and motivates faith communities who demonstrate commitment in the care of the environment through action.

Whether you are just getting started or are ready for the next level of greening, the Greening Sacred Spaces Certification program is an excellent way to engage your faith community in stewardship and showcase what you have accomplished together.

Receive recognition for the greening efforts that your faith community undertakes, no matter how big or small.

Celebrate and motivate! Our Certification program is a measurable way to motivate for action.

Be inspired by what is possible!


How it works:
Use our Certification checklist to assess your congregation’s greening journey, in categories of action and achievement levels that fit a wide variety of faith traditions and worship spaces.


Decide which level your faith community wishes to apply for: Light Green, Medium Green or Deep Green status. Light Green is a prerequisite for Medium Green, and Medium Green is a prerequisite for Deep Green.

Each Certification level has a corresponding list of possible actions in categories such as Community, Energy, and Water. The table below shows how many possibilities are in each category. Your faith community is eligible to apply for Certification once you have completed a minimum of 10 greening actions in one of Light Green, Medium Green, or Deep Green.

A printable checklist is available for you to review with your Green Team or committee prior to submitting your application.



Certification Levels and Requirements
Categories of Action
Light Green
Medium Green
Deep Green
Spirituality and Worship
4 actions
4 actions
2 actions
5 actions
6 actions
5 actions
3 actions
3 actions
3 actions
8 actions
7 actions
8 actions
3 actions
3 actions
3 actions
2 actions
2 actions
2 actions
2 actions
3 actions
3 actions


Example: All Angels started a Green Team last year and are eager to display what they have done so far. Reviewing the checklist, they have completed 11 Light Green Actions: 3 in Spirituality and Worship, 5 in Community, and 3 in Water. They apply for Light Green this year.

They have already done 4 actions on the Medium Green list. They will use the checklist to direct their Green Team activities for the coming year and hope to apply for Medium Green next fall.


Who can participate?

Certification is open to faith communities registered for our free online network. Congregations must create a profile on the Greening Sacred Spaces website and log in to access the application link. Register for our network here.  Already a member? Login to the website (under “Participate”). Once you are logged in, a new “Apply for Certification” link will appear under the “What We Do” menu.

Our inclusive checklist is applicable to faith communities with traditional properties as well as to groups who meet for worship in homes, community centres, or rented spaces. We include actions you take as a congregation within your community and at home. Expert involvement from our Green Auditor ensures that our checklist is current and relevant to faith community participants.


Application Process:

Each level (Light, Medium, or Deep Green) must be applied for separately. Payment is accepted online by credit card or Paypal.

Successful applicants receive a beautiful certificate suitable for framing, indicating their level of achievement (Light, Medium, or Deep Green) and online recognition in our national network.




Application Cost:

$75 per level (includes mailed certificate)

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Get Started!

If this is your first time here:

Once you are registered on our website, login (under “Participate”).

  • When logged in, a new menu link, “Apply for Certification” will appear under the “What We Do” menu.
  • Download our printable checklist to review with your Green Team and prepare your application
  • Select the online link for Light, Medium, or Deep Green Certification to submit and pay for your application.
  • For Medium and Deep Green applications, prepare a photo of your Green Team/Greening work for upload (1MB max)

Applications are reviewed biannually. Our checklist of actions is reviewed annually by our Green Auditor.

For further information by email, please contact

To speak to someone about the Certification program, call David at 1-866-231-1877 x 103. For difficulties registering for our online network or accessing our forms, call Diana at 1-866-231-1877 x 102.


In establishing the criteria for the certification program, Greening Sacred Spaces would like to thank the organizations that contributed to formulating several of the protocols used in the Green Accreditation program including: The EnviroAction Committee of the Diocese of Huron of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, Kairos Canada, Churches’ Agency on Social Issues (CASI) New Zealand, Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church, in Bainbridge Island, Washington & the Anglican Dioceses of Niagara and Ottawa in Ontario. Their work has served as a frame of reference in the development of this award within Faith and the Common Good.