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Four Lutheran "Energy Star" Congregations Honored at the White House

Pastor Sara Ward, First English Lutheran Church, and Mary Minette, ELCA Advocacy and LRC Board, attended "Greening America's Congregations."

First English Lutheran Church, Columbus, OH, 
was one of 28 congregations honored at the White House for being the first to achieve Energy Star certification.   Also honored were: Elim Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN; First Lutheran Church, Bothell, WA; and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Urbandale, IA. 

“Greening America’s Congregations,” sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program and the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, was held Thursday, Sept.13, in Washington, D.C. 

The event sponsors issued a “Call to Action,” challenging congregations to use the EPA’s free online Portfolio Manager tool to benchmark and track energy use, reduce emissions by 20 per cent, and qualify for “Energy Star Congregation” certification by earning 75 out of 100 points on the EPA’s energy performance scale.  

First English also participates in LRC’s  Energy Stewards Initiative, which links to the EPA’s  Portfolio Manager tool.