Energy Stewards Initiative
An LRC Program for ELCA Congregations and Camps
We are recruiting congregations and camps to begin the program in February, 2013.
Late registrations will be accepted from March through May. Join now.
See below for all the information you need to learn about the program and join.
For questions and steps to join, contact Director, Peter Bakken firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS ENERGY STEWARDS INITIATIVE?
Energy Stewards Initiative (ESI) is a 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 of Madison, WI. Participants
Each congregation and camp appoints an Energy Steward to be the point person to
participate in the program and work with their property team.
See What is Energy Stewards for examples of the online resources and information available to each congregation and camp.
HOME ENERGY SAVING RESOURCES
For ideas to bring energy savings into the home, check out these resources
Energy Savings for Your Home: Room by Room by David Rhoads for LRC
"Energy Efficiency for Homes" – http://www.cityofberkeley.info/EnergyEfficiencyforHomes/
“Energy Saving Tips” – http://thecouponcupboard.com/coupon-blog/energy-saving-tips/
LEARN MORE: ESI HISTORY AND RESOURCES
FLASH! 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 2013
Application Deadline is February, 2013 (late applications accepted into May)
Contact co-director Peter Bakken at email@example.com to let us know of your interest.
There was a webinar explaining the program on Tuesday January 22 at 7:00 CT. You can obtain a recording of this webinar.
ESI has completed one year of the two-year program for 10 churches.
ESI is now taking requests for a new group to begin in 2013
How does the application process work?
How does the program work?
How has this helped participating congregations? Click here to see testimonials from congregations who have been participating in the first round.
Do you worry that you will have trouble doing the online parts of the program? Not to worry! From our experience with the first group, we are developing an easy step-by-step manual for your use. It will be ready for the new group that begins in February 2013.
See What is Energy Stewards for examples of the online resources and information available to each congregation.
Are you concerned about cost? It is only $10.00 a month. And if this cost prevents your congregati
on from participating, ESI has a limited number of grants available to assist you. And we hope you will save a significant amount form the reduction in your energy and water bills from the program.
Is there someone you can speak with about the program to get more information and to answer your questions? Absolutely.
Contact the Co-Director of the program, Peter Bakken, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-235-1557.
Or contact Warren Gaskill, ESI Co-Director and Director of Rapid Improvement Associates, the energy-reduction company partnering in this initiative with LRC, at email@example.com or call 608-852-9191.