Data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) indicates that congregations in the United States spend between $0.25 and $1.30 per square foot (ft2) annually on energy. Nationally, the largest source of energy consumption is from space heating. Cooling and lighting are also significant sources of pollution.
Roadmap to Being Carbon Pollution Free
Road Map to Being Carbon Pollution Free
This road map demonstrates the steps that your organization can take to become more energy efficient, save money, and reduce your climate pollution to zero. It is a clear and simple way to understand where you are currently and what the major steps are on the journey. A second goal of this project is to share work faith based organizations are doing with the community to inspire other organizations and individuals to take action, both locally and across the country.
A significant number of faith communities have become inspired and are on their way to be carbon pollution free. Many are also actively working with their own congregations to inspire and empower them to take similar action in their personal lives. Through making these efforts highly visible in the community, this leadership by faith communities inspires a larger community movement that significantly accelerates the adoption of a carbon pollution free lifestyle.
- Download this checklist as a worksheet
- DIY Energy Audit
Congratulations! You are now Climate Pollution Free!
When The Buff Restaurant in Boulder moved to its new location, the restaurant reused and repurposed many of the materials that were already there: the wood from the previous restaurant’s booths was made into new booths, and some of the new wood walls were created by turning around the existing beadboard. In 2014, the Buff received PACE certification in Zero Waste and earned recognition from Western Disposal for diverting more than 95 percent of its waste into compost and recycle. The Buff hopes that its waste consciousness extends far beyond its doors and compostable containers.