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Resources for Congregations from Energy Star

You can find "Energy Star Success Stories" about congregations as well as "Sample Messaging for Speaking to Your Congregation's Decision-Makers, a "Tip Sheet' for low-cost energy savings for congregations, a worksheet for collecting data for Portfolio Manager, and the "Energy Star Action Workbook for Congregations" on Energy Star's Resources for Congregations page. They also provide a list of Faith-Based Environmental Stewardship Organizations.

NEW Lighting Your Worship Space Primer: Bringing in the Light, Sustainably By  Erik C. Backus, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
A six-page guide to lighting your worship space in a way that minimizes energy use and exercises good stewardship of creation. Covers: determining lighting needs, use of natural light, available lighting technologies, and lighting design and process.  Available for download as a PDF at the bottom of this page.

Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training Videos
A suite of 7 short videos. You can watch them directly on the Energy Star site or download the file to put in presentations. Learn more.

Energy Stewardship GreenFaith Webinar Series 
Learn about the 13 most effective steps for energy conservation in religious settings and learn to use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager program—a tool that helps you track your usage and savings.  October 31, November 7 and 14. Learn more.

What's Your Bootprint?
Creation Care, Sustainability, and Church Building and Grounds

Congregations Turn to Compost for Lessons on Life, Death and the Environment 
by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

"The wheelbarrow outside the sanctuary was overflowing with vegetable scraps; decomposing matter filled the baptismal font; and a pile of rich brown soil replaced the Communion table." [Read More]

Three Chicago-area congregations run composting operations as part of food justice programs that grow fresh organic vegetables for local soup kitchens and shelters:

United By Faith Lutheran Church, Evergreen Park, IL

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago, IL

St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church

Verizon offers a program providing a safe way to dispose of unwanted electronic devices, with an an incentive to receive a gift card with each donation.  The page also includes links to websites for state electronics recycling programs and disposal restrictions in CT, HI, IL, IN, MN, NJ, NC, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA and WI.

Environmental Guide for Congregations, Their Buildings and Grounds, ed. David Glover and David Rhoads.
This  110 page comprehensive guide covers both technological suggestions and green practices. It deals with the following subjects: Worship, Education, and the Office; Coffee hour, Potlucks, and Events; Energy Use, Paper and Wood Products; Water Use; Cleaning Products; Food Choices; Transportation; Indoor Air Quality, Nature Inside and Out; Recycling and Waste. Each chapter includes relevant biblical passages, theological reflections, a statement of the ecological problem, the human justice issues at stake, suggestions for buildings and grounds, suggestions for activities at home, and resources of relevant books and websites.
View Download pdf (496k).

Comprehensive Checklist. of practices for your building and grounds based on the Environmental Guide. This is a handy way to do an overview of greening equipment and practices for your congregation.

Stewarding Your "Property" as an Earth Community (5-16-12) Multiple and practical ways to nurture your land as God's creation.

And take a look at some excellent resources from the ELCA Mission Investment Fund!

If you want to green your church office, check out these links for sources, resources, and tips:
Peter Bakken,
Dec 13, 2014, 12:17 PM