Sustainable House of Worship Workshop

WhenSaturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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WhereThe Plymouth Church in Framingham
87 Edgell Road
Framingham, MA 01701-4835

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Phone617-244-0755
Emailvince@MIPandL.org
ContactVince Maraventano

Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light is part of the MA Campaign for a Clean Energy Future that is working to pass a carbon fee and rebate law in Massachusetts this session. We invite you to read An Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing, and a persuasive editorial written by Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Rabbi Katy Allen, and consider adding your name.  Almost 200 faith leaders have signed so far. We're asking clergy and lay faith leaders to sign. Will you join?  Sign here.
 As the climate change crisis accelerates, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) is helping UCC churches to meet the goals of  the Paris Accord to lower carbon pollution by 50% by 2030.  MIP&L’s Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshop shows you how lowering your congregation’s  carbon pollution and energy use, frees up resources needed for mission and ministry – including proclaiming the social gospel during these trying and alarming times.
 
The next SHOW workshop will be held:

Saturday February 17, 2018
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Plymouth Church in Framingham
87 Edgell Rd.
Framingham, MA 01701
 
Participants will learn what to do about:
• Electricity — how to recognize the major energy hogs — and what  to do about them.
• Solar Power — is solar an option for your congregation?
• Heat & Air Conditioning — is it time for an upgrade?
• Building Envelope — how to make your congregation more comfortable & save money.
• Behavior — how simple actions can reduce your energy bill – and carbon footprint – by 10% or more.

MIP&L has done comprehensive facility energy assessments at over 300 houses of worship including the First Congregational Church of Stoneham, UCC (above, right), and the Eliot Church of Newton (shown at right).  FCC Stoneham made upgrades over a period of years that lowered their carbon pollution by 66% and their energy bills by $30,000.  According to FCC pastor Rev. Meredith Allen, “We believe we are created in the image of God, and we honor God and our neighbor when we choose to protect the environment. This is our mandate as inheritors of the Judeo-Christian tradition. By going solar and confronting the deadly threat of climate change, we hope to be a catalyst for our entire community.”  Read about their success story here.

The Eliot Church of Newton, has lowered its carbon footprint by 61%  as a result of improvements made over many years culminating in the installation of a rooftop solar array in 2016 that produces more electricity than the congregation needs.
 
Eliot, FCC Stoneham, the Edwards Church in Framingham, the Mass Conference headquarters in Framingham, and at least 3 other UCC churches in Massachusetts are among the more than 30 houses of worship that have installed solar under MIP&L’s Solar Power for Faith Communities program.  Rooftop solar systems  generate major carbon reductions, and save houses of worship a lot of money over their useful lives of 25 or more years.  By highlighting the importance of renewable energy, they are – in a very practical down-to-earth way – another visible sign of God’s grace.
 
The SHOW workshop is sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference, UCC. All faiths are welcome.
Register today. 
For more information contact MIP&L Executive Director Vince Maraventano at vince@MIPandL.org or 617-244-0755.