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Resolution on Energy Stewardship, Northeastern Iowa Synod

RESOLUTION ON ENERGY STEWARDSHIP

RESOLVED,

That the congregations, administrative offices, and outdoor ministry facilities of this synod be

encouraged to offer a public witness of energy stewardship by: (1) Measuring the greenhouse gas emissions (i.e.,

“carbon footprint”) of the facilities they own, to establish a baseline starting point; and (2) With the assistance of the

Care of Creation Work Group, conduct an energy audit to determine what options there are for reducing energy use;

and (3) Make a commitment to decrease their carbon footprint by a certain percentage over a specified period of time

through energy conservation, efficiency, or clean energy measures; and be it further

RESOLVED,

That the congregations, administrative offices, and outdoor ministry facilities of this synod be

invited to share this information with the Care of Creation Work Group, synod office and, where applicable, on ELCA

congregational reporting forms, and subsequently also share what energy-saving steps were taken, and what

measurable energy savings realized, as evidenced in a lower carbon footprint measurement; and be it further

RESOLVED,

That this synod memorialize the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at its 2011

Churchwide Assembly to challenge all expressions of the ELCA to reduce their energy-related greenhouse gas

emissions by at least 5 percent per year with the ultimate goal of reducing these emissions 25-40 percent by 2020, and

to share this commitment and steps taken to achieve it in a public way in official publications and communication

channels of this church.

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