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Stewardship for the Earth is Daily Part of Mission for Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Contact: Mike Virgintino, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 914-941-7636 ext. 2219
MARYKNOLL, N.Y., April 15, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Stewardship for the Earth is an essential component of the Maryknoll Society's 12th General Chapter (2008 - 2014), and the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers has renewed its commitment to protect the planet and natural resources as the 102-year-old U.S. mission society continues its work to help people around the world.
Care for the environment is seen by Maryknoll as an integral part of mission to share God's love and the Gospel to combat poverty, provide healthcare, build communities and promote human rights. Currently, Maryknoll serves in mission in 27 countries, including the U.S.
During the past several years, Maryknoll has implemented many conservation programs at its U.S. home in Ossining, New York, that have reflected its environmental stewardship in mission while reducing its own ecological footprint on land originally known as Sunset Hill. The Maryknoll Society received its name from co-founder Father Thomas Frederick Price's dedication to the mother of Jesus and to the topography of its home located in northern Westchester County.
To learn more about Maryknoll's environmental stewardship in the U.S. and in mission around the world, the article "Serving the Earth is Part of Maryknoll's Mission" has been published on the Maryknoll website: www.maryknollsociety.org/index.php/articles/2-articles/921-serving-the-earth-is-part-of-maryknolls-mission. The video "Sowing the Seeds of Stewardship" appears on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9FuBk5-xX4&feature=share&list=UUPt7naU3SfuLxcrlO-Z4YLA.

The article and video convey the story about Maryknoll's conservation advancements that include wind-generated power, conversion of office operations to reduce waste by 90 percent, upgrades to buildings to reduce energy loss during winter heating and summer cooling periods, and the addition of hybrid vehicles.

While most changes are recent, for years the supporters of Maryknoll and its work in mission have witnessed the green initiative first hand and, literally, in their hands. Beginning 18 years ago, Marykoll magazine and the Spanish-language Revista Maryknoll (see photo) first were printed on paper stock with recycled content and with recyclable soy based inks.