Energy is a precious resource and a gift from God. In whatever form it reaches and serves us, it should be used conservatively. Careless and wasteful use of energy and other precious resources is an unfortunate characteristic of consumption-driven throwaway cultures; it has no place in parish life.
Most parishes can reduce emissions and save money by saving energy. In many parts of the world, parishes can benefit from free or low-cost government and utility-based programs promoting energy efficiency through facility audits, building insulation, light bulb replacement, and many others.
Calculate your Parish’s emissions and learn how to Green your community:
- Cool Congregation’s carbon footprint calculator
- How to figure out your parish greenhouse gas emissions: example from St. Teresa of Avila parish
- Green Faith’s Energy webinar series on how to implement environmental stewardship
- Information on how to work towards a more sustainable and healthy community can be found at ecocycle.org,
- How To Guide, Opportunity Assessment Tool, National Energy Efficiency Network, Catholic Earthcare Australia
- Comprehensive guide to greening a parish from A Rocha, eco-congregation module
- Environmental Health at home
- USCCB Environmental Justice Resources
- Power Past Coal
- Toxic-Free Kids and Families
- Public Lands