Renewable Role Model Winner

2013 Cool Congregation Challenge Renewable Role Model Winner Temple Beth El Largest Solar Installation on a Congregation Stamford, CT “One generation goes and another generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” – Ecclesiastes 1:4 Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut now has one of the largest installations of its kind on a house of worship […]

Sacred Grounds Steward Winner

2013 Cool Congregation Challenge Sacred Grounds Steward Winner All Peoples Lutheran Church Urban Greenhouse Project Milwaukee, WI “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce…. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it […]

Meet the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge winners

In a year marked by increasing climate disruption, dozens of faith communities from across the nation have received recognition in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light, a national organization mobilizing a religious response to global warming. The annual challenge offers religious congregations an opportunity to show leadership in saving energy […]

2012 Winner in Energy Efficiency

A sustainable renovation and restoration project in Madison, Connecticut, brought the Sisters of Mercy the top prize in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation category in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. The Sisters of Mercy recognized that their Mercy Center retreat facilities could no longer meet the Connecticut State Building Code. It could have meant the […]

2012 Winner in Renewable Energy

Solar power has slashed the cost of electricity at Federated Community Church, which meets in a beautiful century-old building in Flagstaff, Arizona. Now the congregation has a national award to show for its energy saving efforts, too. Federated Community Church is the winner of the Renewable Energy category in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. The […]

2012 Winner in Grounds and Water Conservation

Homeless people aren’t simply getting a handout at the free Saturday brunch at University United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. They also helped the congregation win the national Grounds and Water Conservation award in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. University UMC is an urban church with a number of social justice ministries, including Open Door, […]

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 […]

From soft drinks to savings

This is an unusual picture – one of nothing. An empty stretch of carpet, some bare wall, and an unused electrical socket. Why is this a good thing for our congregation and the environment? Well, what’s interesting here is what’s not there, and the answer to that is our old soda machine. For at least […]

Programmable savings

Could something as simple as a programmable thermostat make a difference? Our hope was a “yes” when it was one of our energy audit recommendations and the first we implemented. Below is our story along with proof of the energy savings. Our small church is in a building built by an Assembly of God Congregation […]

Looking where light is brightest

An advantage of being a, small, rural economically challenged congregation is that we are always consciously looking to control operating expenses. The First Congregational Church of Durham, Maine has had this experience for many years. Within the past 15 years we have replaced doors and windows with high efficiency ones to save fuel, replaced our […]