Fredericksburg SHINES

Leading the Way in Sustainability

After Action Reports

The following stories chronicle our development of the Green Team at First Free Evangelical Church in Chicago from 2008 – 2009. Explore the links below to learn about our multi-fronted  endeavors  into community outreach and  environmental  improvement.   In 2011 we launched a new Green Team at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, Texas and launched our own freecycle outreach.

From Book Study to Green Team
The church was a natural setting for me to begin a group to study environmental issues in greater depth. Our meetings moved towards planning activities that promote positive changes for the environment and over time our little study group became the church’s new Green Team. read more

The Green Team hosted an electronics recycling drop off as an initial opportunity to educate the church on basic ecological issues. read more

Neighborhood Cleanup
The Church Green Team led a group of people in picking up litter in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. read more

Environmental Awareness and Education Booth
Collaborating with other volunteers at our church, the Green Team led an environmental awareness and educational community outreach effort at  Midsommarfest,  Chicago’s largest outdoor neighborhood festival and block party.  read more

Joint Freecycle and E-cycle
The concept was straightforward and similar to a garage sale or a flea market except for one caveat:every item would be absolutely free, with "no strings attached".  read more

Environmental Awareness Booth Goes on the Road
The Green Team was invited by the Chicago Police Department to set up an display about environmental issues at a Block Club Convention at Chicago’s St. Augustine College. read more

Worm Composting Workshop
The Green Team created a workshop experience where people built and took home their very own worm composting bins.
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Green Urban Living Class
The Green Team launched a new class designed to help attendees understand God’s stewardship mandate from a biblical perspective. read more

Indoor Farmers Market
The Green Team and Green Urban Living class   combined efforts with  Robin Schirmer and and held an indoor farmers market to help  farmers extend their income beyond the short Midwest growing season. read more

Freecycle in the Texas Hill Country
This Texas Hill Country event  followed the Chicago Freecycle’s  concept of a  straightforward  garage sale or flea market except for one caveat:every item would be absolutely free, with "no strings attached". read more