Energy saving volunteers in North Carolina work at nexus of climate and poverty 

Community Inspiration Winner – Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Hayesville, North Carolina CO2 Reduction: 33 metric tons/year Prevents: 35,000 lbs. of coal from being burned Families helped: 40 and counting Percent CO2 Reduction: 10-20% per household A group of around ten climate concerned volunteers from Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and the Hayesville community are answering a […]

2012 Winner in Engaging Congregants and Communities

An interfaith effort to help low-income Mainers save on heating costs has won the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge award in the Engaging Congregants and Communities category. High heating bills prompted the board at First Universalist Church of Rockland to investigate, and their study showed significant heat loss through the windows. Leaders researched solutions and found […]

Clean and green

Our Cool Congregations Green Team at St. John Lutheran has had several opportunities to inform our congregation members of ways to “go green”. We have put informational displays in our church atrium this past year based on a seasonal calendar. In October, we had a Halloween-themed display about becoming a “vampire slayer” by eliminating Vampire […]

Reducing household carbon footprint

Tending the Garden of Eden or Curbing Climate Change; “And the Lord God placed man in the Garden of Eden to till and to tend it.” Genesis 2:15 Over one third of Congregation Beth Shalom’s households have reduced their energy use by at least one seventh and/or reduced their carbon footprint to significantly less than […]

Window dressing takes on new meaning

Is it REALLY “Window Dressing?” Window Dressing is a profession wherein individuals organize displays in storefront windows to attract customers. It’s also a dismissive phrase sometimes used to describe a less than authentic effort to promote an item or service. In our church Window Dressing has an entirely different meaning. What started as a church […]

The greener side of life

Federated Community Church in Flagstaff, AZ has a history of being very intentional about environmental stewardship. In addition to gaining congregational support for energy efficiency improvements (and solar panels, a project currently underway) at the church building itself, the church has hosted and sponsored many programs that have raised awareness about climate change and actions […]

Hoosiers save big at home

In Bloomington, Indiana, a third of Congregation Beth Shalom’s households have reduced their energy use by at least 14% and/or their carbon footprint to significantly less than half the average for an American household of their size. These reductions fulfill Beth Shalom’s Till & Tend Home Energy Reduction Pledge, signed by 39% of the households […]