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ESI Participant Resources


Increase the strength and benefits of your participation in the Energy Stewards Initiative!  Build support for your efforts by Informing members of your congregation about what your church is achieving through the Energy Stewards Initiative.  Multiply your impact by educating  them about what they can do to save energy in their own homes.
  • Engaging your Congregation in Energy Conservation: Publicity
  • Engaging your congregation in Energy Conservation: Ethos and action

Example: Slide Show to Introduce ESI to a Congregation

Click here for an example of a PowerPoint slideshow created by Paul Voytas, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Columbus OH, used to introduce the program to the congregation.  

You can also download the file from the link at the bottom of this page.

For ideas to bring energy savings into the home, check out these resources
NEW 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.

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.

"Lighting Your Worship Space Primer: Bringing in the Light, Sustainably" b 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 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
YouTube video of presentation by Erik Backus, Metro DC Synod.  See it here.

Do an Assessment of the Carbon Footprint of your congregation
Whether you are dealing with a church building, home, office, or a seminary or college, you can become more aware of what personal impact you are having on global
climate change, through measuing the level of carbon emissions from your use of energy.
These tool(s) will help to you to take a baseline measurement to (1) assess where you're at currently, and (2) help you to then track your subsequent energy use savings, as you make changes to incorporate energy conservation, energy efficiency, and cleaner energy choices. You could think of it as being like stepping on a scale to measure your weight, and then setting a goal for a healthier diet.We suggest that you use the method on the following web site:

Suggested method can be found at: www.coolcongregations.com

Lower Water Use in your Congregation: Follow the comprehensive ideas list in the LRC resource: Water Conservation in Your Congregation.
Consider also the following guide that is helpful (and fun) to use:
Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds by David Gershon (2006, Empowerment Institute)
Books and Films on Global Warming
Consider reading or seeing these books and films as individuals or in study groups.

Metro Chicago Rotating Loan Fund
Download a PowerPoint presentation of how the Metro-Chicago Synod has reduced carbon emissions with a rotating loan fund that allows congregations to borrow the upfront costs at no interest and repay it according to a formula of the money they will save. Then the original loan is available for the next congregation. 

Tree Planting Challenge
We encourage you as individuals or as congregations to embrace a challenge to plant trees as a way to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Martin Luther was once asked what he would do if he knew the end of the world would be tomorrow and he replied, “I would plant a tree today.” As a commitment to our common life together, to our shared future, and for the sake of Earth Community, please consider the Tree Planting Challenge for your congregation.