Energy Stewards Initiative (ESI) is a one- to two-year LRC program for ELCA congregations and Lutheran Outdoor Ministry sites designed to:
This initiaitve is an online program carried out in cooperation with Rapid Improvement Associates of Madison, WI.
Each congregation and camp appoints an Energy Steward to be the point person to
participate in the program and work with their property team.
Participating congregations and camps use an online tool, the Energy Stewards web platform, to monitor their energy use, plan next steps, record actions taken, communicate with other participants, and track progress. To learn more about the platform and how it is used, see What is Energy Stewards.
ESI Congregations in the News:
"Step Up to Protecting the Earth" by Steven L. Beumer, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Orlando FL
ESI congregation given award at the White House.
On September 13, 2012, First English Lutheran Church in Columbus Ohio, a participant in LRC's Energy Stewards Initiative, was honored at the White House as one of the first 28 congregations to attain EPA’s ENERGY STAR® rating.
Sara Ward was there to accept the award. See an article in the Living Lutheran about how the congregation is cutting its energy while caring for creation: "Tracking Our Carbon Footprint"
Three other ELCA congregations were also honored. Four ESI congregations qualify for Energy Star rating. More info
JOIN THE NEXT ESI GROUP STARTING IN JANUARY 2014
We are now recruiting congregations and camps
to begin a new round of the program in January, 2014.
Deadline is November 1, 2013
Interested in learning more about
how to participate? Click the link below:
RESOURCES FOR CURRENT ESI PARTICIPANTS
Click here for ideas and materials to help you carry out the ESI Program at your church or camp.
LEARN MORE: ESI HISTORY
FLASH! EPA Energy Star Director endorses Energy Stewards Initiative:
Jerry Lawson, National Manager