There is great debate over the use of the word "green" when discussing burial. The Green Burial Council believes cemeteries, preserves, and burial grounds can broadly be considered green if they meet the following criteria: caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns.
Hybrid, natural, and conservation cemeteries choosing to follow these basic guidelines fall under the general category of green cemeteries as opposed to conventional lawn cemeteries that require concrete, plastic or other vaults or liners, and allow embalmed bodies and exotic wood or metal caskets.
To drill down to the specific requirements for qualifying as any type of green burial provider, please visit our Our Standards.
Green Burial Council
2720 Cold Springs Road
Placerville, CA 95667