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Sacred Grounds

Sacred Grounds is a certification program of National Wildlife Federation (NWF) that recognizes faith communities who both create wildlife habitat and actively link faith practices and caring for the environment; ultimately improving the health of both wildlife and people. Delaware Interfaith Power & Light is collaborating with NWF to bring Sacred Grounds to Delaware.

With faith communities and community centers as the anchors, we have visions of cultivating wildlife habitats, functional landscapes, meditative spaces, sense of place; caring for the environment - and each other - within the religious institutions and expanding that out into the neighborhood, engaging residents and businesses.

Considering increasing threats to the health of the Mid-Atlantic region, including pollinator decline and nutrient runoff, Sacred Grounds provides concrete tools for spreading native plant habitats/gardens. Houses of worship enjoy a unique position as respected community leaders to inspire their congregation members, neighboring congregations, and the greater interfaith community to advance stewardship practices.

To earn Sacred Grounds™ certification, houses of worship will conduct outreach within their congregations and surrounding communities through workshops, garden tours, native plant sales, and other forms of education. These efforts contribute to developing networks of faith communities and community partners working together to build healthy habitats and communities.

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