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  • January 6, 2016–January 29, 2016

Kill-a-watt is a residence hall-wide sustainability education program at Calvin College.

  1. Sign up for Lifestyle Challenges
    Try out a new sustainable habit for interim and earn points for your dorm! Sign up by Monday Jan 11 at 11:59 p.m.
  2. DREAM certify your room
    Dorm Room Environmental Awareness Movement (DREAM) certification is based on categories from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for residential spaces. Take a look at things that could make your room more environmentally responsible, and earn a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze sticker for your room door!
  3. Recruit Faculty/Staff/Upperclass students
    Send this link to any of your favorite faculty/staff members or upperclass (junior/senior) friends and ask them to join your hall’s team. Faculty/staff points count double for your hall. Upperclass students’ points count normally for your hall.

Kill-a-Watt events

  1. January series: Wednesday January 6th: 12:30pm in the CFAC Auditorium: Harvesting Hope and Cultivating Minds: Stories from the South Bronx, Stephen Ritz
  2. Kill-a-Watt Kickoff: Monday, January 11, 7 p.m. in the CFAC Auditorium: Calvin Improv, Overview of Kill-a-Watt. Creation-care themed Cokes & Clubs to follow
  3. Creation Care Chapel: Tuesday, January 12th, 10 a.m. in the Chapel
  4. DCM film: Chasing Ice: Tuesday, January 12th, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the CFAC Recital Hall. Emmy-award winning documentary about the receding of glaciers and climate change. Visually captivating footage of glaciers.
  5. Kill-a-Watt Open Mic Night: Thursday, January 14, 8 p.m. in the Fishhouse: Creation-Care themed music and talent
  6. Do-it Yourself Nite: Friday, January 15, 8 p.m. in the Spoelhof athletic complex. Participate in a Nite Life event and stop by the DIY corner to make your own free, sustainable laundry detergent.
  7. All month: creation care themed Bible study in the dorms

Why Creation Care?

  • Creation is Good

    Genesis tells us that when God created the world He didn’t make it instantly, with the snap of a finger or a single word, but that He crafted it bit by bit, declaring it “good” at every stage of its development.

  • It’s our responsibility to be good stewards.

    The first commission God gave to man was to tend the garden and take care of it. (Gen 2:15) The bible has many verses commanding good stewardship of resources (time, money, talents, land, etc.)

  • Care about the poor and oppressed.

    (Mt. 25:37-40 & almost 100 other verses). Many major environmental problems, like air & water pollution and scarcity of land, food & energy resources hit the poor the hardest. Many lower-income communities in the US lack access to nutritious food, lead-free homes, and clean air & water.

  • Be part of God’s restoring of ALL THINGS

    “Behold I am making all things new.” Rev. 21:5
    (Notice it doesn’t say “I am making all new things”)
    Christ died to reconcile all of creation to God (Col. 1:20).

  • To avoid gluttony & selfishness.

    The US emits about twice the amount of Carbon as Europe, and 5 times as much as China, per capita. We consume 1/4 of the world’s resources. Our over-consumptive lifestyles contribute to this problem. Excessive pre-occupation with Stuff and Consuming, can hinder our walk with God.

  • It just feels good

    Caring for all of creation can provide a Christian with the deepest sense of joy and contentment since it is part of loving God.

Additional Resources

For Barnabas: Creation Care Bible study

For CLC: Ideas for planning your in-hall program

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