Commission on Creation Care

The Commission on Creation Care (CCC) engages the Diocese of California in the work of restoring its relationship with “this fragile earth, our island home” and the rest of life that inhabits it. The immediate concern is climate change and the moral responsibility of the church in addressing environmental degradation. We strive for a deeper understanding of the spiritual dimensions of ecological problems, and we work to enable Episcopal congregations to become centers of ecological understanding, action, and healing. The commission offers itself as a resource to congregations, deaneries, and all in our diocese working towards restoring our relationship with God’s Creation.

We have grouped these links and other resources into topical areas to make it easy to find what you are looking for. This page is updated frequently, and if you have resource suggestions, please send them to the commission's diocesan liaison Stephanie Martin Taylor, at

Current members: Nancy Grove (chair), Trinity, Menlo Park; The Rev. Sally G. Bingham, Canon for the Environment; Barbara Bisel, St. Stephen's, Orinda; Carl Diehl, St. Columba's, Inverness; The Rev. Andy Lobban, Rector, St. Bartholomew’s, Livermore; Larisa Shaterian, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco; Dr. M. Paloma Pavel, All Souls, Berkeley

Free Film Screening of “The Human Element”

The Commission on Creation Care, with thanks for generous sponsorship by Interfaith Power & Light, offers a repeat free screening period for “The Human Element,” a new documentary by James Balog, award-winning producer of “Chasing Ice.”

You may watch the film at any time between now and June 17, free of charge here.

On June 17 at 5 p.m., there will be a Q&A with Balog and his production team, and at 7:30 p.m., after a dinner break, the Commission will host a virtual conversation about the movie. Come ready to share ideas about specific actions we can take, as individuals and congregations, to promote a sustainable future as the post-pandemic world rebuilds.

When: June 17, 5 p.m. (James Balog Q&A), 7:30 p.m. (Commission conversation about the movie)

Watch the movie for free here

Register for the 5 p.m. James Balog Q&A here:

Register for the 7:30 p.m. Commission conversation about the movie here:

Quick Links:  Frequently Visited Sites

  • — The Episcopal landing page for the carbon tracker, Sustain Island Home. This is where to set up an account, log back in to an existing account, or see how much progress Episcopalians have made to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
  • — The “go-to” page for use of the carbon tracker, with presentation materials, how-to videos, etc.
  • — The main resource page of the wider Episcopal Church.  Contains a video of Presiding Bishop Curry on creation care, lists of programs and organizations, and grant opportunities.
  • — An excellent source of other resources on many of the topical areas below.

Congregations Making a Difference

Worship Resources

  • — Information about current events relating to public awareness of climate change, bulletin inserts, climate change as a justice issue.
  • — Tips on how to incorporate creation care themes into worship, from a Christian eco-spirituality perspective.
  • — A rich collection of articles, links, news and events created by the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.
  • — Information on a ministry in the Bay Area with chapters nationally which "seeks God in nature by celebrating Eucharist one footstep at a time."
  • — Season of Creation (Sept 1 to Oct 4) liturgical and formation resources. The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions. Leaders of faith traditions, including Bishop Marc Andrus who is part of the Season of Creation Advisory Committee, encourage the faithful to participate through events, service, and worship.

Theology of Creation Care

Congregational Resources

Resources for Congregational Support of 2019 Diocesan Resolutions

Carbon Offsets

  • United Airlines partners with Conservation International, a nonprofit focused on protecting forests and oceans while ensuring economic stability for indigenous peoples, to market carbon offsets to the flying public.
  • Delta Airlines offsets support forestry conservation and restoration while empowering local communities to transition into sustainable livelihoods.  Both United and Delta figure flight-specific offsets (miles flown does not translate exactly to pounds of CO2 produced; there are other variables) and both airlines offer offsets whether or not you are flying with them.
  • The Good Traveler — A simple, straightforward site; nonprofit; easy to use.
  • Terrapass is similar to Sustain Island Home in terms of letting you evaluate your entire carbon footprint, but it does not incorporate regional variation as our endorsed carbon calculator does, and there are several areas it does not evaluate. But Terrapass is a good resource for offsetting air travel, automobile travel, etc.
  • Cool Effect offers a range of project types, including those mostly likely to reliably reduce emissions over the long run.

Vendors of Alternatives to Single Use Plastic Products

Educational Resources

Advocacy Resources

  • — A description of The Episcopal Church’s Vision for Creation Care, with descriptions of the environmental resolutions passed at the 79th General Convention.
  • — Advocacy resources from the Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church.
  • — We Are Still In is a partnership of over 3500 states, cities, corporations, faith organizations, and tribes, organizing to ensure that the United States stands by its commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • — Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, grassroots lobbying organization advocating for legislative solutions to the climate crisis.
  • — The League of Conservation Voters is an advocacy organization which organizes actions and lobbying efforts, and maintains a scorecard of Congressional voting records on the environment.
  • — is an international organization focusing on community-based clean energy deployment, cessation of new fossil fuel developments through community resistance, and divestment.
  • — The Union of Concerned Scientists combines rigorous science, technical assessment, and advocacy to find an implement solutions to protect the planet.