Greening Sacred Spaces Resources

GSS tools and resources

Ideas and resources for greening our faith communities, our spirituality, and our homes.

Our faith traditions encourage us to revere the natural world as sacred.

Here you can find resources created by Faith & the Common Good and Greening Sacred Spaces to help faith communities and individuals realize a healthier, greener lifestyle.



Below are descriptions of resources available for purchase; many are available as free downloads for individual use for faith communities who are registered as part of our network. Please contact us prior to downloading or printing multiple copies.

Click the order button below to open our online order form for hard copies of our resources.

Our products are printed on FSC certified and recycled paper. Prices include shipping and handling within Canada only.
For large orders (11+ of any one item) or international addresses, please email in advance for a shipping quote and link to our bulk/international order form before placing your order.


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Product List:

  • Guides & Workshops
  • Videos & DVDs
  • Green Rule Poster and Study Guide


Guides & Workshops

A Guide to Developing a ‘Green Team’ in Your Faith Community

greenteam Involve, organize, and motivate members of your faith community to take action towards eco-sustainability. This 14-page guidebook provides practical suggestions and steps for changes you could put in place to make your faith community a greener place. We know that talking about things is not the same as actually doing them; this guide will help you get things done by examining the processes and priorities to realize your green vision. It supports personal initiative as well as discussing the art of joining with others to create a ‘Green Team’.More information on developing a Green Team.Order Green Team Guide ($5 each)Free download currently available only by registered members of our free online network.  Join today!


Practical Guide to Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Religious Building

practicalguide This easy-to-use 74-page guide is intended for property managers, green team members, and other decision-makers in faith communities who wish get to know how their buildings work and reduce the amount of energy they use in their buildings. It covers how to ‘tune-up’ your building through regular maintenance actions, details a wide range of retrofits that can help you save energy and money without sacrificing your comfort. It offers insights to lighting, heating and cooling systems, and concludes with a 20-page DIY energy audit.

Order the Practical Guide to Energy Efficiency ($15 each)
Due to the guide’s size, we have divided it into the following sections for your convenience: (Currently available for free download only by registered members of our free online network. Join today!)

  • Cover page and table of contents (208 kb pdf)
  • Introduction (34 kb pdf)
  • Simple Steps to Reducing Energy Use (181 kb pdf)
  • Building Systems and Maintenance* (164 kb pdf)
  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation Systems* (305 kb pdf)
  • Lighting Systems* (92 kb pdf)
  • Water Conservation Priorities* (33 kb pdf)
  • Purchases and Other Ways to Save Energy* (40 kb pdf)
  • Energy Audits (including audit templates)* (90 kb pdf)

You may also download the complete guide:
** Selected chapters and full guide are currently available for free download only by registered members of our free online network. Join today!


The Green Guide: What we can do to Preserve our Sacred World

GreenGuideThumbnail Suggestions to help you live your faith and walk more lightly on the planet. This 8-page booklet is designed to be shared within your community and includes information on:

  • Eco-Spirituality: Why should we look after the natural world?
  • What can we do? Think about values, systems of production and consumption, true life-cycle costs, and changing our habits.
  • Greening our homes, gardens, workplaces, and transportation methods.

Order the Green Guide ($4 each)

Download the Green Guide** (595 kb pdf) suitable for printing as a booklet. Note that you may customise the local contact information on the final page for distribution in your community.

**Currently available for free download only by registered members of our free online network. Join today! 


Greening Sacred Spaces: A Practical Eco-Spiritual Workshop

gssworkshop Explore the connection between your faith and the health of the Earth, and create an action plan to begin making changes and encourage one another. This is a single session workshop guide for introducing the Greening Sacred Spaces program to your faith community. Participants focus on aspects of daily life, such as food, home, place of worship to explore how they may make small and significant changes and apply their spirituality in practical ways to reduce energy consumption and help care for creation.The goals of the session include:

  • Exploring the relevance of “greening” to our way of life
  • Exploring how “greening” sacred spaces is relevant to this faith community
  • Exploring the connection between our faith and the health of the Earth
  • Exploring how our beliefs become concrete in our behaviour
  • Exploring possibilities to make our homes, lives, and sacred spaces greener
  • Creating an action plan to begin making changes
  • Encouraging one another to change

Order Greening Sacred Spaces Workshop ($4 each)

Download Greening Sacred Spaces Workshop (182 kb pdf)

Currently available for free download only by registered members of our free online network.   Join today!  Already a member? Log in and visit “Our Member Tools and Resources” page for the download link.



Videos & DVDs

Greening Sacred Spaces DVD

gssvideo This engaging and instructive 5-part DVD highlights different aspects of Greening Sacred Spaces.
The first part is a 12-minute segment, Reasons to Green, offering insightful interviews with faith leaders from eight religious traditions on why people of faith need to address the ecological crisis and how their faith communities are responding.
The Renewing the Sacred Balance section offers stories of how people from different faith traditions are working to change their ways of life to be more ecologically sustainable.
The Greening Sacred Spaces section, in both an 18 minute and 5 minute version, point to a variety of ways that faith communities have begun to green their buildings. These are divided into light, medium, and deep green options.
The final section, Audits, provides a 5 – minute tour of how a professional auditor conducts an energy audit of your religious building.Order the Greening Sacred Spaces DVD ($12)




Green Rule: Ecological Wisdom from Faith Traditions

greenrule Faith & the Common Good derived the Green Rule poster from the classic Golden Rule found in major faith traditions.
The Green Rule paraphrases the Golden Rule by saying: “Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you.”
Each Green Rule was chosen from the great texts of the world’s major religions and spiritual philosophies. The texts all acknowledge the natural world as an essential phenomenon through which we may better come to know the divine and our oneness with it.
Click the poster to the left to view a larger image.
Order the Green Rule Poster($15 folded; $20 rolled ON/QC; $25 Canada).
For bulk sales and international orders, email to ask for a quote *before* placing order.


Green Rule Poster Study Guide

greenrulehandbook(1) The Green Rule Study Guide offers suggestions for how you can use the poster as an imaginative and practical tool to teach youth and adult members of your faith community and school system about the sacredness of creation in their own faith, while taking into consideration the similar beliefs of other faith traditions.

Order the Green Rule Study Guide ($8 each)
Download the Green Rule Study Guide** (472 kb pdf)**Currently available for free download only by registered members of our free online network. Join today!


Renewing the Sacred Balance poster

rsbposter This beautiful full-colour poster comes from our original theme of Renewing the Sacred Balance, and is suitable for advertising presentations and workshops.Click the poster to the left to view a larger version of the image. Poster can be ordered from our store or by emailing