Holy Comforter Episcopal Church has been a GIPL partner for over a decade, and received a pre-Power Wise energy audit in November 2007. The audit was conducted by Shane Totten of Southface and Woody Bartlett, GIPL co-founder. They were a former recipient of the GIPPY Trailblazer award. Holy Comforter applied for their first GIPL matching grant in 2009 and received $1,134 to upgrade T-12 fluorescent lights in the Parish Hall to T-5 fluorescents. This year, they applied for funding to upgrade their sanctuary lighting from 200 watt incandescent lights to 7 watt LED. The incandescent lights cost $770 annually to operate while the LED cost $32 annually. In addition, they will upgrade all their exit signs to LED. The grants committee recognized the merits of their grant application. The committee awarded Holy Comforter Episcopal Church $4,432 to help fund these energy conservation measures from their energy audit. Continue reading
Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta Awarded $10,000 GIPL Matching Grant for Energy Efficiency Project
During the December 2017 grant committee meeting, the committee was very impressed with the completed and on-going energy efficiency projects Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church and Preschool had completed within the past couple years. Two projects in particular are its solar panels and upgrading its insulation. 10 kWh solar arrays became operational in 2016 and its projected energy savings in 2017 are expected to be $1,600. They have also upgraded insulation in its administrative offices and day school. The insulation in the administrative offices was assisted by a $2,500 matching grant in 2016 from the GIPL Power Wise Program. In their 2017 grant application, they requested $10,000 (the maximum award) to upgrade all preschool lighting to LED as recommended in their April 4, 2016 Power Wise energy audit.
The Rev. Dcn. Leann Culbreath presents the grant check to Senior Warden Nikki Yarbrough (left) and Rector Rev. Dave Johnson (center).
Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta was awarded a GIPL Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support in-house energy efficiency upgrades. After receiving a GIPL energy audit, the congregation learned that there was significant energy loss in one of the oldest and most used buildings on campus. By adding insulation to the attic, the congregation is expected to save $1,000 per year in energy costs, and the payback time of the project will only be two years. Christ Episcopal was awarded $1,000 to complete the insulation upgrades.
The matching funds for this project were raised from church pledges, and the parish pledge drive dinner served as an opportunity to begin discussing Creation care as a means of expressing love of the Creator. The congregation hopes that this project will provide a concrete way to continue this discussion. In addition to the insulation upgrades, Christ Episcopal minimizes disposable dinnerware products, supports the development of a diocesan ecology center, and has dedicated green space with public access.
Congratulations to Christ Episcopal Church on their commitment to energy efficiency and Creation care! We look forward to seeing this congregation continue to grow in their efforts. The next matching grant application deadline is November 15, 2017. If your congregation has not yet received a GIPL energy audit, visit our website to sign up today!
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange was awarded a GIPL Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to fund a foam attic insulation project completed in March 2016. From the energy usage data already collected since the installation, the church is projected to have an annual energy savings of $600. St. Mark’s was awarded $2,748 for this energy efficiency project.
St. Mark’s incorporates Creation care into their weekly congregational prayers, and from that commitment, actively engages in other Creation care efforts. They recycle, encourage the use of reusable dinnerware, and open their facilities to environmental groups. The congregation has also committed to sharing cost savings with parishioners, and talking about how energy efficiency can save money and the environment both at home and church.
Congratulations to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on their insulation project, and we look forward to seeing what further Creation care and energy efficiency efforts come from this congregation! The next matching grant application deadline is November 15, 2017. If your congregation has not yet received a GIPL energy audit, visit our website today to sign up!
Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro was a awarded a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support their in-house energy efficiency efforts. Following their energy audit in July 2016, they applied for a grant to install new WiFi thermostats in their church building. This should reduce annual energy costs by $1,850 with a simple payback of 1.6 years. Trinity Episcopal Church was awarded $595 to support half the project costs. GIPL’s Leeann Culbreath presented the the check to Jim Bastarache (former Junior Warden) and Rev. Joan Kilian (Rector). Continue reading
The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, an Episcopal Church in Savannah, was awarded a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support their in-house energy efficiency efforts. Following their energy audit in April 2016, they applied for a grant to complete a reroofing with white TPO (plastic material) with extra insulation in preparation of installing a solar array. Additionally, they applied to upgrade incandescent lights in the parish hall, upgrade floods in the NAVE, and hanging lamps with LEDs. The total award was $4,403 for both projects. The reroofing is estimated to save about $378 in annual energy costs, while the LED upgrade will save an estimated $237.
The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle has promoted educational opportunities across the Diocese about Creation care, and they are part of Solarize Savannah. They have also completed a full assessment of their buying patterns and products to reduce their impact on Creation. Continue reading
Rev. Woody Bartlett, GIPL Co-Founder and current Board Member, wrote this text for Holy Trinity Parish‘s Voices for the Earth event on November 5th. Please enjoy these inspiring words and view more event photos here.
The 18th Century English hymnist, Isaac Watts, states as well as anyone that God is everywhere present in the Creation. God is behind the mountains, the stars, the creatures, everything. “Everywhere that I could be, thou, God, art present there.” Let us sing together one of Watts’ most compelling hymns, “I sing the almighty power of God”.
But our present day experience is far from the awe-inspiring vision of Isaac Watts. We humans have often had a crushing impact upon the Earth. Just take Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, as it is described by John Prine in “Paradise”.
It started with one tree.
A hemlock tree just outside the window of my childhood home in northeast Ohio was a peaceful haven, an escape, and launching pad for a lifetime of Creation care. After school, I bent its branches as I climbed as high as our home’s flat roof, where I often rested on a blanket to read in the sun.
There, I listened to the wind rustle the maples and oaks, I watched birds and clouds meander by, and I whispered prayers. “My” tree connected me to a wide and beautiful world, and to God—a connection strengthened later by trips to church camp, my grandparents’ farm, and the shores of Lake Erie. Friends and I created our own neighborhood nature club, and I saved my paper route profits to help save the endangered California condor I head read about in Ranger Rick magazine. Continue reading
Demarius J. Walker joins GIPL this year as a Road Fellow with the Episcopal Service Corps. We’re grateful for his energy and presence! Read a short bio on Demarius here.
“Walk slowly, letting each step kiss the ground, and sense the Earth loving you back.”
These instructions from Sister Mary at the Sacred Heart Monastery represent a call to consciousness that I am blessed to work out over the next year through an internship with GIPL. I find myself at GIPL, as I found myself in Cullman, AL at the Sacred Heart Monastery, by way of the Road Episcopal Service Corps. Continue reading
The Creation Care Commission, a new environmental ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, met at Honey Creek Camp on June 13 to establish programs that reduce and recycle waste and to increase awareness of ways to better care for “this fragile earth, our island home.”
A food waste reduction program will focus on reducing overall food waste at summer camp and composting or recycling as much waste from meals as possible. Food waste will be weighed and tracked after each meal, with incentives offered for reaching certain waste reduction goals. Liquid waste will be recycled to water an existing butterfly garden.
The theme of the food waste program is “Reduce Bad Gas (in the environment),” to emphasize the connection between food waste, greenhouse gases, and climate change. Nearly 20 percent of waste in landfills is food, which creates methane-a potent greenhouse gas-when it breaks down in a landfill,” said Deacon Leeann Culbreath, who organized the work weekend. Methane is 20 times more lethal than carbon dioxide.
A three-compartment compost system was built using recycled wooden pallets. Finished compost will be used to nourish current flower, herb, and butterfly garden beds, and a vegetable garden in the future. The group also donated recycled clothing to be used as rags for daily dorm cleaning, to reduce paper toweling use.
“The waste we create, and what we do with it, affects people, animals, and ecosystems around the world,” Culbreath said. “Loving God’s Creation through simple actions means loving our neighbors near and far, and being a healing force in a suffering world. Reducing waste at Honey Creek also has many economic benefits.”
The compost system still needs to be lined with hardware cloth to help keep critters out and compostables in. If you have materials or labor to donate toward this effort, please email Deacon Leeann Culbreath at email@example.com.
To keep up with the Creation Care Commission’s ongoing work, and to view more photos of the work weekend, visit their Facebook page.