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The stewardship of every congregation includes evaluating energy uses in the church building. Facilities committees have established a historical baseline of heating, cooling and lighting costs. New buildings are designed with ecological principles in mind and use recycled or renewable resources whenever possible. Ministry per square foot is maximized.

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A book by Mark Torgerson

Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry

The author of this comprehensive guide teaches in the areas of theology, worship and architecture, so he brings concerns for both beauty and environmental conservation to his task. The book covers both new construction and renovations; both initial designs and how to live efficiently in a building. Case studies from a variety of faith traditions provide helpful examples.

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Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund

MCUSA churches, don’t forget you are invited to apply for up to $10,000 from Mennonite Creation Care Network’s very own renewable energy fund! Grants are accepted between August 1 and October 31. They are awarded before the end of the year.

Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund
Cool Congregations Program

Interfaith Power and Light

Interfaith Power and Light operates in 38 states in the U.S. to spur congregations to develop a religious response to global warming. Their Cool Congregations program offers a starter kit with steps under and over $25 and examples from other places of worship. Check your local IPL affiliate for funding options or sign up for the Cool Congregations Challenge. The link below will show you how to calculate the carbon footprint of your church building.

Calculate Carbon Footprint

Greening Sacred Spaces

Greening Sacred Spaces is a ministry within Faith and the Common Good, which “assists faith communities with both the educational and spiritual dimensions of greening as well as the “how to” side of audits, retrofits and generally reducing a faith community’s footprint.” They are based in Toronto, Canada. Among their resources is a detailed Practical Guide to Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Religious Building.

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