Pilgrim Baptist Church may be small, but its impact in the community and its gains in energy efficiency have been enormous. Headed by Pastors Rev. Dr. Sydney Griffin and Rev. Dr. Yvette Griffin, Pilgrim Baptist is one of nine houses of worship in Michigan to earn the EPA Energy Star rating. Pilgrim Baptist participated in the DTE House of Worship Energy Efficiency Pilot Study and has achieved substantial monetary and energy savings.
In addition to their strides in energy efficiency, the church’s food program is soon to be be upgraded to a food pantry. Pilgrim Baptist helps to provide food to 23 churches. Every week 12,000 lbs. of food moves through the church. With little or no funding, over 250 families are fed as a result of the efforts of Pilgrim Baptist and their dedicated volunteers. Rev. Yvette insists their success is accomplished “by the Grace of God.” Additionally, a community garden is operated by the church to help feed families.
Rev. Yvette is also certified to train others in the proper handling of food. She is currently working on a program that incorporates energy efficiency training into the food preparation training. She believes in “teaching God’s people about energy efficiency.”
Specific efforts made by Pilgrim Baptist Church:
- Energy Efficiency products installed in the house of worship, including:
- Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs
- Programmable thermostats
- Occupancy Sensors
- Door sweeps
- LED Exit signs
- Faucet Aerators
- Hot water heater blanket
- Building sealing producs
- Operation of a community garden
- Plans to implement energy efficiency education into food preparation
Rev. Yvette has graciously offered to talk about the work of Pilgrim Baptist to anyone who wishes to implement similar measures in their own house of worship. She can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org