Is Your Faith Facility an Energy Star? Learn How to Make it One!

By path2positive

Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and most resourceful solution for simultaneously saving your congregation  money and preventing greenhouse gas emissions. Recognizing the importance of progressing American faith facilities to reduce carbon emissions, the EPA has made facilitating this transition a priority for government agencies. Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, explained, "that we (EPA) share the mission of protecting human life and health with so many faith traditions. This shared purpose includes environmental stewardship and the responsibility to protect the health of the most vulnerable among us..."

Blessed Tomorrow is an organization that shares this commitment with faith leaders across America and have brought you a step-by-step process to transform your church, mosque or synagogue into an Energy Star facility. In this booklet, you will find ways to reduce energy costs and overall consumption by taking the Energy Star commitment, creating a stewardship team, setting energy goals, tracking progress, and most importantly, how to inspire others to do the same!


ENERGY STAR® Action Workbook for Congregations 

The United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) collaborated through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Commercial Buildings Research Group to create this workbook.

This workbook is intended to serve as a resource and planning guide for clergy, staff, and laypersons of houses of worship who want to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities by implementing realistic and cost-effective energy improvement projects. It is available with the accompanying appendices
at www.energystar.gov/WhiteHouseEnergyStewardship. 

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