Diocesan News from GreenFaith

 News from GreenFaith:
March 5, 2015



To the Clergy, Wardens and Vestry members of the Diocese:


We adopted a resolution last year calling on the congregations of the diocese to work with GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental organization, to reduce their energy use and costs and their carbon footprint.  This is a response to a dual reality – that congregations can realize real energy savings at a time when church budgets are tight, and that we should model responsible energy use in response to climate change.


GreenFaith is eager to work with congregations on this, and is offering an Energy Services Program for congregations of the diocese.  We are seeking to identify 10 congregations to take part in this program in spring 2015. The simple, 1-page on-line application form is due by March 31st.


This user- friendly program offers congregations valuable opportunities for energy savings. The average facility can reduce their energy use between 15-25% percentages though these services.For every $20,000 in energy costs, that’s savings of $3,000-$5,000 – every year!


Participating congregations would identify an Energy Team of 3-5 peopleand would, with the support of their vestry/Executive Committee,


*           Receive energy management training, helping your staff to operate your facilities as efficiently as possible.

*           Connect with state-approved service providers who would audit your HVAC and lighting equipment.

*           Learn about state and utility rebates that would cover 70% of the cost of the efficiency retrofits.

*           Be evaluated for a solar array that would generate thousands of dollars in savings annually.

*           Receive a bid for electricity supply from standard or renewably generated, fixed cost electricity, allowing you to lock in savings.


GreenFaith has extensive experience in this area of activity, and would provide support and materials enabling congregations to be successful.  The cost of the program is $100.


GreenFaith is offering a free 30-minute webinar on Thursday March 12th – at 8:00 pm and on Tuesday March 17th at 12:00 noon – to provide further information.  If you would like to take part in the webinar, e-mail GreenFaith’s  Energy Services Program Director, Anne Rahikainen, at arahikainen@greenfaith.org or call her for further information at 732-565-7740 ext. 304.