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Greening Your Congregation - 40 ideas

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Resources Compiled by the Alliance for Sustainability, Sean Gosiewski,. 612-331-1099 x 1sean@afors.org,www.afors.org, p.1
Greening Your Congregation – 40 ideas
Green Building, Grounds and Operations Ideas for CongregationsLighting
Form MN Energy Challenge Team!
Sign up for a Free Lighting Audit
with the
One-StopEfficiency Shop
to have a complete assessment of whereyour congregation can save money and energy with moreefficient lighting, specific recommendations, referrals tocontractors, low cost financing and follow up inspections.Most congregations can pay for the improvements with 1year’s worth of energy savings. call
Kristen Funk 612-335-3487.kfunk@mncee.orgor Erik J. Ennen, 612-335-5823eebnen@mncee.orgWeb site.
Replace incandescent bulbs with compactfluorescent bulbs
Bulk purchase of of Energy StarCFLs available at Whole Energy & Hardware Rick Parris,952-448-7488www.wholeenergyandhardware.com 
Switch your exit signs to LED lights.
Install motion sensors for lights
in bathrooms
Monitor your electricity use
with the SenseDat Meter608-251-4355www.sensedat.comor the Kill A WattMeterwww.smarthome.com/9034.html 
Office Operations
8. Turn off computers & monitors when not in use- See
 9. Buy recycled toner cartridges -
Preferred Cartridges,Koto Amagashie, Preferred Cartridges 763-424-9280 ,kamegashie@yahoo.com,www.preferredcartridges.com
10. Recycle office paper & bulletins
 11. Buy 100% Recycled Office Paper
through grouppurchasing each Spring and Fall with Eureka Recycling651-222-7678
 12. Stop receiving Junk Mail and faxes
 13. Ensure proper recycling of used computers andelectronics.
Switch to non-toxic cleaning products
Alice’s Wonder Spray
Restore Products
H2 Orange 2
www.h2orange2.comCall EricHagen 608-345-8827.
Recycling/ Zero Waste/ Composting
Hennepin County Environmental Services
AngieTimmons, 612-348-2477angie.timmons@co.hennepin.mn.us 
Eureka! Recycling
(waste audits) 651-222-7678info@eurekarecycling.org www.eurekarecycling.org 
Heating and Cooling
Sign up for a comprehensive energy audit for yourbuilding’s heating and cooling systems
For $200 a certified Xcel energy auditorwould visit your congregation and assess areas for potentialenergy savings both in terms of lighting and heating and cooling.Low cost financing for energy improvement projects is alsoavailable. Call
Business Solutions 1-800-481-4700 x 5EmailBSC@xcelenergy.com 
Minnesota Retired Engineer Technical AssistanceProgram
) provides
free energy and waste
auditsfor congregations using retired engineers 612-624-1300www.pca.state.
Centerpoint Energy
energy audits
Recommissioning Program,
for larger buildings, Martha Hewett612-335-5865mhewett@mncee.org www.mncee.org/frame_es.htm 
9. Implement your building efficiency plans.
15. Discontinue using Styrofoam and Plastic
byusing China, recycled paper or biodegradable, cups,plates, utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, &garbage bags.www.eurekarecycling.org 
 16. Compost food waste & grounds
 17. Use non-phosphorus Dishwasher Soap -
18. Purchase Fair Trade Food and Coffee
 19. Replace old Refrigerators
and Appliances -
determine pay back, financing and schedule forreplacing old coolers and appliances with energy-star approved applianceswww.energystar.gov/  index.cfm?c=small_business.sb_congregations
Resources Compiled by the Alliance for Sustainability, Sean Gosiewski,. 612-331-1099 x 1sean@afors.org,www.afors.org, p.2
for air & waterquality
Replace power mower w electric or reel to reel21.
Avoid use of gas powered leaf blowers or edgers,especially on ozone alert days22.
Avoid using phosphorus & pesticides on lawns23.
Convert some or all of the lawn to rain gardensor native plantings24.
Replace exotic plants (buckthorn) with natives25.
Point down spouts away from paved surfaces26.
Sweep sidewalks and parking lots27.
Consider installing on-site storm water retentionsystem, rain garden, native prairieMetro Blooms
- Becky Rice, (651) 699-2426becky@metroblooms.org Rain garden Workshops andtechnical assistancefor Churches doing rain gardenswww.metroblooms.org 
MN Green Roofs Council
Corrie Zoll, 612-423-2048corrie@mngreenroofs.org www.mngreenroofs.org 
City of Minneapolis Storm Water Management
Clean Air MN
Metro Watershed Partners
Organize a walk, bike, carpool to worship day
andparticipate in the Team Challenge for the Metro CommuterChallenge in May/Juneww.metrotransit.org 
Organize an alternative commuter fair
for churchmembers to consider alternative ways to get to work.www.metrocommuterservices.org 
Get involved with neighborhood planning efforts
forbike and pedestrian friendly, transit oriented developmentwww.tlcminnesota.org 
Encourage members of your congregation to pledge tobuy a more efficient vehicle
when they buy their next carwww.fueleconomy.gov, Your congregation will receive a$100 donation if a member of your congregation buys ahigh-quality, used hybrid-electric car through the Alliancewww.allianceforsustainability.net,www.idealauto.org 
Practice Eco Driving
Encourage members of your congregation to shop anddine at local, sustainable independent businesses
TheBlue Sky Guide is a wonderful coupon book andfundraising idea for youth groups – they sell for $20 andyour cause earns $10 -
Dine Fresh Dine Local
Metro Independent Businesses
Renewable Energy
Sign up to purchase renewable wind powerfrom your local utility
State wide programs seehttp://www.me3.org/issues/wind/green.htmlMetroCongregations can participate in Xcel Energy’sWindsource Program call 1-800-481-4700 x 5www.xcelenergy.com
Accreditation with
Install solar panel on your building
or assist witha neighborhood solar project. Seewww.solarminnesota.org,www.ips-solar.com, www.commerce.state.mn.usEnergy Info Center
Innovative Power Systems
(did the PV solar systemsat St. Joan’s and Temple Israel) Ralph Jacobson, 612-623-3246ralphj@ips-solar.com www.ips-solar.com 
FreeNeRG (Solar Panel Lease)
Gerardo Ruiz, 612-605-5228gerardo@freener-g.com Offers the first-of- its-kind solar electricity leasing opportunity initiallylaunched to Minneapolis and St. Paulcustomers.www.freener-g.com 39.
Buy Carbon Offsets -
Capital Improvement Projects
When starting a capital improvement project usearchitects who know sustainable design
US Green Building Council
 Cuningham Group Architecture
Brian Tempas, LEEDCertified, 612-379-5543btempas@cuningham.com
Center for Sustainable Building Research/ U of MN
MN SustainableBuilding Guide
Rick Carter (612) 338-2029 x 6923www.lhbcorp.com 
Fair Trade Purchasing
Purchase, use and re-sell fair trade products includingcoffee, palm branches,
Encourage use of local/ organic/ sustainable food, &vegetarian menus
for congregational events.
Encourage members to support local sustainablefarmers- arrange a food drop off 
Resources Compiled by the Alliance for Sustainability, Sean Gosiewski,. 612-331-1099 x 1sean@afors.org,www.afors.org, p.3
Worship & Ritual
Praying with Creation – Lectionary Prayers
Dennis Ormseth
, (651) 646-4096dhotao@mninter.net
A Season of Creation
For four Sundays in September we celebrate ASeason of Creation with Christ.
Shape Wise Public Policies
Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MN
Pastor Mark Peters,
 State Policy –
Midwest Cap & Trade-
 National Policy –
 Support Members to Take Action at Home and at Work
Form an Energy Challenge Team
Support families in your congregation to save money and energy and track theresults for your whole congregation. A free organizing tool kit is available on line fromNeely Crane Smith, 612-335-5852ncranesmith@mncee.org 
Waste & Toxicity Reduction Tool Kit for Congregations
Sean Gosiewski, 612-331-1099 x 1sean@afors.org www.afors.org This resource was created by Congregations Caring for Creation (C3) and the Alliance for Sustainability. Information regarding waste and toxicity reduction was provided byHennepin County Environmental Services and Community POWER.This resource was created to assist congregationswith implementing a waste and toxicity reduction campaign. The tool kit includes: Introduction: Getting StartedCalendar of Activity Ideas Activity Ideas for Congregations, Adults, Teens and Children Special Event Ideas Trackingand Evaluation Tools Waste Reduction for Internal Operations 
Healthy Homes, Healthy Congregations
Lynne Holman at (
Healthy Legacy
Local Support Networks
Congregations Caring for Creation (C3)
 www.c3mn.netDown Town Cluster, Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams, ClarenceChapin 651-695-0982cachaplin@mac.com 
Alliance for Sustainability/ 
www.afors.orgSustainable Community Action Network www.sustaincommunity.netSean Gosiewski, Program Director, 612-331-1099
Terry Gips, President 612-374-4765terrr@afor.org 
Metro Clean Energy Resource Team-
Diana McKeown Metro CERTs Network 
Coordinator, The Green Institute 612-278-7125dmckeown@greeninstitute.org 
Lutheran Earth keeping Network –
Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MN
, Pastor Mark Peters, Pat Benson, Creation Care 612-224-5499www.lcppm.org 
Catholic Global Warming Action Team
Pat Benson, 612-224-5499
Additional Resources
Congregations Caring for Creation –www.c3mn.net 
Natural Step Framework Trainings –www.afors.org 
Minnesota Environmental Partnership,www.mepartnership.orgMN – Fresh Energywww.fresh-energy.org 
Web of Creationwww.webofcreation.org, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Lifewww.coejl.org 
Earth Ministries – Greening Congregations handbook -http://www.earthministry.org/your_congregation.htm 
Union of Concerned Scientists-www.ucsusa.orgCenter for a New American Dream –www.newdream.org 
Living Green Expo –www.livinggreenexpo.org, Sustainable Communities Network,www.nextstep.state.mn.us 
Eco Experiencewww.ecoexpeerience.orgPermaculture Collaborativewww.permaculturecollaborative.org/ 
For more information please contact
Alliance for Sustainability
Sean Gosiewski
, Program Dir. 612-331-1099 x 1sean@afors.org 
Terry Gips
, President, 612-374-4765terry@afors.org In the Hillel Center at the U of MN 1521 University Ave SEMinneapolis, MN 55414

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