Emily Novick published Working Together for a Brighter Future: Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church Brought their Community Together to Replace Inefficient Lights in Blog 2022-05-05 11:49:43 -0400
Working Together for a Brighter Future: Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church Brought their Community Together to Replace Inefficient Lights
Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids completed an inspiring volunteer-led project in 2020 to replace 518 fluorescent lights in their church with LEDs. We spoke with Mattew Huen, a member of the Operations Committee who helped spearhead the project about resiliency, action in the face of despair, and the power of community.
“We saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. Our church made lemons into lemonade.” - Matthew Huen. While church services were virtual during the 2020 lockdown, volunteers replaced old lights with LEDs.
Volunteers at Eastern Avenue CRC take advantage of an empty building by rewiring light fixture ballasts to prepare for new, energy-saving T-LEDs .
Emily Novick published Equity and Climate Action: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting’s Carbon Tax Meets the Moment in Blog 2022-04-19 11:31:28 -0400
Michigan IPL often gets questions from Houses of Worship asking what they can do to mitigate climate change- and we think the voluntary Carbon Tax is a great example because it's a simple program that can make a big impact. Think outside of the recycling box!
We've all learned that there is not going to be environmental justice without social justice. -John Williams, Ann Arbor Friends Meeting Earthcare Committee Member
Five years ago, the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting started an initiative to reduce their individual carbon footprints. After finding ways to conserve energy and lower their carbon emissions, members imposed a voluntary “Carbon Tax” on themselves. The money collected from the tax is then split three ways by the Earthcare Committee to combat greenhouse gasses from a political advocacy perspective, at an international level, and locally to Michigan IPL’s Carbon Fund!
We’re excited about the Carbon Tax because this program offers a simple solution to convert your carbon footprint into real, equitable action.
Ann Arbors Friends Meeting members listen to visiting speaker. Courtesy of quakerquaker.orgRead more
Emily Novick published How University Lutheran Church Put Faith Into Action and Cut their Energy Use in Half in Blog 2022-03-15 11:50:06 -0400
University Lutheran Church of East Lansing changed every light possible in the church to LED lights and didn’t break the bank to do it.
In 2017, they participated in the free Light the Way program and found some “low hanging fruit to fix up,” explains Dale Romsos, who serves as an Earth Keeping Team member and leads the Facilities Team. “By 2020, we were paying $6,000 less a year for energy, thanks to the changes we made in our church and a big part of that was thanks to utility rebates.”
"It all started with a small group of people dedicated to caring for God’s Creation.” - Judy Kindel, ULC Earth Keeping Team member
Dale Romsos and Judy Kindel are leaders in ULC's Earth Keeping Team, whose energy conservation efforts paved the way for the church to install solar!