Columbia Theological Seminary has earned a Green Seminary Certification.
Green Seminary Certification is a 3-year process designed to provide the structure, guidance and support that seminaries need to further develop their institution’s commitment to creation care.
The foundation of the program begins with a commitment from a cross-section of school representatives (faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc.) to serve as a Green Team. Together they conduct a self-audit of their existing environmental practices in the areas of: Education – Liturgy, Ritual, and Worship – Building and Grounds – Community Life – Public Leadership.
The Green Seminary Initiative is premised on two convictions: The first is that the religious community has a unique and significant calling to turn back human-caused environmental destruction and to participate in bringing all of creation into health and wholeness. The second conviction is that theological schools should provide clergy and religious leaders with the tools necessary for them to lead their congregations, communities and organizations in meeting their unique call to protect and restore creation.
Columbia Theological Seminary has two buildings, the Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center and the New Residence Hall, which have earned the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council. Both were designed by the architecture firm of Lord Aeck Sargent.