Care of God's creation is important, and one way to care for creation is to reduce carbon footprint and energy consumption. The resources listed below offer resources for congregations to examine energy consumption and reduce carbon footprint.
Energy tracking assistance available to faith communities
Houses of worship in the United States can now join the nation’s schools, hospitals, hotels and other facilities in efforts to fight climate change, save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, allows facilities to track energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions, set targets for investment priorities and verify efficiency improvements. The estimated 370,000 houses of worship across the United States are eligible to use Portfolio Manager. Further information is available at www.energystar.gov/congregations.
Kansas and Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light (IPL)
This group works with congregations to put faith into action regarding issues related to climate change — promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Put your congregation on a path to energy stewardship. Contact the Kansas IPL and the Nebraska IPL.
Get green with your carbon footprint
Everyone is talking about carbon footprints these days. What is your church's carbon footprint? More importantly, do you know how to use your carbon footprint to improve both the environment and your church's environmental communications? Check out this article from United Methodist Communications with tips and tools for calculating your church's carbon footprint and how to incorporate that into your church communications.
God's Creation Renewed: A call to hope and action
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has issued a call to all United Methodists to change our way of being in the world to effect a change in the world. Pandemic poverty and disease, environmental degradation and a world full of weapons and violence are the wages of our sins against God's creation. But there is hope if we change our ways, the 69 United Methodist bishops said in a pastoral letter the council asked to be read in churches during Advent. Churches can continue the conversation during Lent with a Bible study. The Bible study can be downloaded from the Hope and Action website. For more information on the call to hope and action, visit www.hopeandaction.org.
Blessed Earth — Serving God, Saving the Planet
Blessed Earth is an educational non-profit Web site that inspires and equips faith communities to become better stewards of the earth. Through outreach to churches, campuses and media, Blessed Earth builds bridges that promote measurable environmental change and meaningful spiritual growth. Visit the site.
Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition
The Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition of Greater Kansas City partners with, encourages, and assists faith groups to preach, teach, model and advocate for sustainable living and ecological justice for all creation. To learn more and access their resources, visit sustainablesanctuary.org.