Austin Seminary part of Green Seminary Initiative
Posted 05/19/2017 10:55AM



Green Seminary Newsletter May 2017


Green Seminary Initiative Announces

the Second Cohort of the Seminary Environmental Certification Program


In 2016, the Green Seminary Initiative launched the Seminary Environmental Certification Program, which works with seminaries, divinity schools and schools of theology to strengthen their capacity to integrate environmental care into their education; liturgy, ritual, and worship; building and grounds maintenance; community life; and public leadership. In the process of earning GSI certification over a three-year period, each school assesses the status of its own environmental initiatives, receives an energy audit, and develops and implements a multi-faceted environmental action plan.


We are pleased to introduce four of the members of our Second Cohort in this e-newsletter. Each institution brings unique skills and perspectives to the growing community of schools in the program, we look forward to working with them over the next three years.


Austin Theological Seminary 

is a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary in Austin, TX. In recent years, Austin has been steadily increasing its environmental commitments through its curriculum and communal worship. “The opportunity to participate in the Green Seminary Initiative would make these efforts more robust and make us more accountable to the goals we have set for ourselves, our students, and our Seminary constituents,” said Academic Dean David H. Jensen, member of the Green Team. Austin brings cross-disciplinary faculty expertise, commitment to outdoor chapel services, and the implementation of an Energy Management System to reduce the school’s carbon footprint to their experience in the program.