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Cool Congregations are united by their concern about climate change. Cool Congregations find unique expression from place to place. IPL continually gathers success stories of what others have done to provide inspiration for those who are considering where to start.

  Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Colorado adjusted water heater settings to recommended levels, installed curtains in upstairs rooms for better heat/light management, replaced exit signs with LEDs, and replaced all incandescent bulbs with compact flourescents.

Newman Congregational Church, UCC, Rumford, Rhode Island installed an occupancy sensor in the elevator to control lighting and upgraded overall lighting to electronic instant start ballasts with T8 fluorescent tubes. They are experiencing a 20-25% reduction in total electric costs.

First Parish Church, Brunswick, Maine replaced a large oil-burning furnace with two small natural gas furnaces in the educational building of the church. Energy and money savings have been significant. Based on this success, they are moving to a natural gas furnace to heat the sanctuary.

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sandy Springs, Georgia has replaced most incandescent lights with compact fluorescents, replaced all exit signs with L.E.D. units, we have installed low-flow fixtures in their restrooms. NWUUC has an ongoing recycling program that is constantly improving. They also have plans to install a full solar array (108 modules) on the roof of the Sanctuary building (20 modules are in place to date).

  Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Christ Church Episcopal Portola Valley and Woodside, California installed 92 solar panels that will reduce the church’s energy costs significantly. They celebrated with a ribbon-cutting and “switching-on” ceremony, a blessing of the panels and a festive barbeque.

Unitarian Universalist Society: East, Manchester, Connecticut recently completed a new “green” renovation and building addition, including a geothermal HVAC system to heat and cool the entire building that utilizes ten geothermal wells below the new parking lot.

  Grounds & Water Conservation

Grounds and Water

Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, New Mexico placed recycling containers in busy locations with instructions on how to properly use them and started a composting and a worm bin in the school wing.

Good Samaritan Church in Pinellas Park, Florida developed a system for using recycled water for outdoor gardens. They also started using a natural blend of things like soap and Listerine as insecticides for the new native plants in their gardens.

All Peoples Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a central city congregation, working to fuse environmental issues with the social justice movement. They planted 10 new trees and asked members to make a “covenant with Creation” to live sustainably.

  Inspiring People at Home

Inspiring People at Home

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, New Jersey held a tour of four historic mansions featuring descriptions of energy saving measures to inspire congregants to lower their own footprints at home.

Rock River United Methodist Church in Rock River, Ohio sponsored a coffee hour to raise awareness of energy-efficiency. They gave away reusable bags; had literature available for energy-saving tips for people’s homes; had a free raffle for an energy-efficiency give-away bag; and a demonstration table of a Kill-o-Watt meter and a fridge/freezer temperature card.

Trinity Church, an Episcopal Community in Menlo Park, California hosted an “Energy Party”, which focused primarily on educating members and inspiring them to go green at home.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa inspired 26 families to reduce their household emissions by an average of 9% in just the first year. In doing so, they prevented the release of 67 tons of greenhouse gases and saved an average of $200 on their yearly utility bills.

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