Jonesville United Methodist Church is a proud member of New York Interfaith Power and Light movement since 2003. Through its efforts, JUMC is one of 3 national recipients of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2007 Energy Star Congregation Award.
JUMC continues to seek to exemplify the steps that a faith community can take to combat global warming and be a steward of the congregation’s facility and financial resources. Jonesville UMC has long been a steward of its structures. Reflective of that stewardship, the Jonesville United Methodist Church has been dedicated to promoting energy efficiency and energy conservation, both within its facility and the community at large.
As one basis for that effort, in 2003 the Jonesville UMC sought and obtained a comprehensive energy audit that provided a comprehensive review of the Jonesville UMC energy uses. The program implementing the recommended measures began then and continues today. The 2010 – 2011 Energy Efficiency measures have included providing the congregation with green tips throughout the year in bulletin and newsletter form; upgrading the sanctuary ceiling to be more energy efficient; replacing heating and cooling systems with energy efficient models; the establishment of recycling days; and putting motion sensor and time controlled lighting in their facilities.
These measures have been funded in part by a capital campaign that resulted in a commitment of approximately $480,000 over a three-year period from 2008 – 2011. The year of 2010 – 2011 reflects a continuation of the efforts of the congregation through its Leadership by the JUMC Administrative Board, its Stewardship of the facilities by the JUMC Board of Trustees and the Environmental Guidance of the JUMC Green Team.Through these combined efforts JUMC strives to be consistent with the mission of NY IPL to curb global warming and protect the sacredness of the earth.