Tree of Life Program
What would it look like if every Faith Community taking action to protect the environment were represented by a bare tree?
What if the trees sprouted leaves and flowers for every earth stewardship action taken?
Soon the whole County would be covered in a forest of environmental actions!
Creating a powerful force for reducing carbon –
just like a real forest.
This is the Tree of Life Program.
What is the FACS Tree of Life earth stewardship program?
It is a creative and organic way to visualize the progress that your faith community is making on environmental solutions. For each of the action steps in the program, you are awarded a tree part, leaf or flower. You can see your tree grow and when you reach enough actions you are designated as a Tree of Life.
Who can participate in Tree of Life?
Tree of Life is designed for communities of all faiths at all levels of exploration and action in taking care of the earth and addressing climate change. Even a small group of people can plant the seed of an effective environmental action program using the FACS Tree of Life model.
If your community has an earth stewardship, creation care, or green sanctuary program, you will find it easy and rewarding to apply your actions to the Tree of Life model and magnify your impact.
Why is Tree of Life important to my faith community?
- Resources: It provides resources and structure for new and growing climate action programs.
- Connection: It provides a standard way of tracking climate actions. This allows different faiths, different programs, and separate actions to have a common structure for sharing ideas and progress.
- Recognition: We will recognize participating faith communities as they grow their trees on our website and social media. Each June, those who have grown to the Tree of Life level will be recognized at our Climate Showcase. It is our goal that every faith community will reach the Tree of Life as they engage with FACS over the years
- Impact: The visualization of your growing tree helps your faith community see their progress and inspires increased participation and opportunities for celebration. As more communities join the program, our shared impact becomes visible and creates a forest of carbon reducing actions.
Just by registering you gain a seed that starts you on your path to the Tree of Life.
Once you register, we will send you a survey to fill out online with information about your current environmental stewardship activities. This will help us determine how many branches, leaves and flowers you already have!
Ready to answer some questions about your faith community?
You can also join by taking the survey Now!
What kinds of actions grow your tree?
Everything from creating a climate action plan to recycling to advocacy. FACS provides programs and support at all levels.
Download the full Resource Guide to learn how to put this program into action in your community.
Download the Tree of Life flier to share with your congregation and grow support.
See our Forest Grow.
Come back to our website and social media to see participants as they grow their trees. This helps us connect with each other, inspire each other and create a picture of our shared impact.
Each June, those who have grown to the Tree of Life level will be recognized at the FACS Climate Showcase. It is our goal that every congregation will reach the Tree of Life level as they engage with FACS over time.