March 2020 • Green Burial Council News
Encouraging environmentally sustainable death-care options and the preservation of natural areas through green burial.
What’s Happening with Coronavirus
and the GBC Conference

If you are reticent about signing up for the conference due to fears about Covid19, worry no more. Our contract with Oak Ridge Conference Center states that, should a pandemic be officially declared by the CDC at any point, we will be released from the contract and you will be refunded your money (please see our refund policy here). We do recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your flights as an added precaution. Otherwise, we are full steam ahead!

As a nod to your concerns, we have decided to extend the early bird pricing to May 30th. Please note that the cost of attending the conference is all-inclusive—no nickel and diming you for a place to sleep, registration to attend, food during your stay, or other surprises. We want to make this as easy and affordable as possible for you. Keep calm and register on!

FTC in Open Review of Funeral Rule
The Federal Trade Commission is in the midst of an open review of The Funeral Rule, a set of guidelines that establish uniform price disclosure for funeral homes for the purpose of educating consumers about end-of-life purchases.
In response to the call for public comments, Green Burial Council has created a webpage that makes it easy for all members of the public to read the FTC announcement—and submit comments. Please take the time to make your voice heard and submit your comments by April 14, 2020.
Looking for Funding? Here's a Start
​We are often asked for help in locating funding for green burial projects. As a nonprofit educational and certification organization, the GBC is not in a position to broker funding. Instead, we did some preliminary research and listed potential environmental funding and information resources on our new webpage.

Take a look and send us your suggestions for adding to this list of potential funding support for various activities, such as botanical inventories, educational programming, or other management or acquisition project.
Peer-to-Peer Forum Update

The response to our forums has been outstanding, often with more than 100 people registered. After January's Faith Communities and Green Burial, new GBC webpage was founded to share resources from our forum discussions, which will be updated for each forum. Check out the latest links for this month’s well-attended call, Green Burial Advocacy in Your Community. Thanks for your overwhelming response to this program!

If you miss a forum, you can always watch it—the video links for previous calls are all on the GBC Forums page. If you have something to share or ideas for future forums, send it on to
Burial Belts for Space-Poor Cities
Welcome to the first article in an occasional series on how they do green burial around the world—drawing out the innovatively creative (sometimes spooky and weird) projects and products from architecture, transportation, academia, fine arts, and cultural/heritage arts. To begin, we look at a project for the dead Down Under. David Neustein explains a radical proposal in Australia to solve a shortage of cemetery space. Read about it here.
A ‘map’ of a segment of the proposed Burial Belt spanning the Camden Park area in Sydney’s southwest. Image: Other Architects

to Heald Funeral Home in St. Albans, Vermont for your recent GBC certification as a green burial provider.

to Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford, Michigan for your recent GBC certification as a green burial provider.

The Emotional Wallop of My Friend’s Green Burial

When Janet Siroto arrived at her dear friend Carla’s graveyard service, it wasn’t the average experience. Despite thinking she was prepared, the reality was still a surprise in many ways. Read this engaging account of a green burial that she describes as being at once visceral and elemental from NextAvenue. Photo credit: via Twenty20

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