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!
Athens First United Methodist Church was awarded a GIPL Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support lighting upgrades in the sanctuary to LED fixtures. They received $3,964 for these upgrades. This project will save approximately $1,000 per year in energy savings, and more when factoring in the savings on light bulb purchases.
After receiving a GIPL energy audit in the summer of 2016, Athens First UMC decided that upgrading their lighting fixtures would allow them to have more money to serve the community and church members. They also applied for a Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate to help fund the project. The congregation is hopeful that these upgrades will demonstrate the financial and environmental benefits of using less energy.
Congratulations to Athens First UMC on their commitment to energy efficiency! We look forward to seeing how this congregation continues to increase their Creation care and energy efficiency efforts. The next matching grant application is November 15, 2107. 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!
First Baptist Church in Blakely, Georgia, was awarded its fourth GIPL Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to upgrade their lighting to LED fixtures. Many energy efficiencies have been incorporated already at this historic church in South Georgia following their GIPL energy audit a few years ago. Now the church is upgrading the old lighting in their kitchen, office and foyer to energy efficient LED fixtures. They received $1,191 in order to implement these lighting upgrades.
First Baptist Church of Blakely has committed to an ongoing LED project to upgrade all of the lighting in the church buildings. Last year, the church converted all of their lighting in the sanctuary to LED fixtures. Their next step is to install LED lights in the education building, and this year to the office, foyer and kitchen. This church has received 3 GIPL grants in the past to help with insulation, LED lighting upgrades, and WiFi thermostats for their buildings. Continue reading
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
St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville was a awarded a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support their in-house energy efficiency efforts. Following their energy audit in October 2016, they applied for a $5,000 grant to recommission their existing building automation system to better manage their energy usage. Recommissioning the BAS should reduce annual energy costs by $4,200 with a simple payback of 1.2 years. In addition, they also wanted to upgrade their campus lighting to LED. GIPL contributed $1.500 to the $31,590 project costs. Estimated annual energy savings should be $3,402 and a simple payback of 9.3 years. The total award was $6,500 and the church will supply a similar amount to complete the projects. Continue reading
Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) in Clarkston was awarded a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support their in-house energy efficiency efforts. Following their energy audit in November 2014, they applied for a 2016 grant for $10,000 to:
- Provide 21 WiFi thermostats
- Replace 15 Gym light fixtures with T-5 light fixtures
- Replace 258 T-12 light fixtures with T-8 light fixtures
- Replace 110 Sanctuary chandelier lights with LED
The estimated annual energy savings when all energy conservation measures are completed is $8,049 or about 15% of annual energy costs. In addition to the annual energy savings, they applied to the Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Program for rebates on their projects prior to applying to GIPL. They received $13,276 in rebates reducing their monetary request from GIPL and cutting their overall project costs. 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
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Alpharetta was a awarded a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support their in-house energy efficiency efforts. Following their energy audit in June 2016, they applied for a grant to complete a LED lamp upgrade in the community life building as part of a $80,000 renovation project. The LED upgrade will save an estimated $2,920 in annual energy costs. The church was awarded $2,349 by GIPL to implement the project. Board member Kemal Korucu presented the check to St. Thomas clergy and staff.
Scottish mountaineer and author, W.H. Murray, wrote “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
This has been true for me at various times in my life, but the most powerful example of the Divine rushing in occurred this past fall. During the weekend of September 8th-10th, I went to the Rowe Center in Massachusetts for a workshop with Joanna Macy. I had studied her writings and framework for The Work That Reconnects for the last six years, and was so grateful to have the opportunity to learn directly from her.
Towards the end of the workshop, there was an opportunity to share our intentions for going forth. There was not time to hear from everyone, but I was one of the lucky few who was selected to share how I planned to “commit myself.” I declared that I wanted to teach The Work That Reconnects in faith communities. I was on the Education Committee at Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and was on the Unity Worldwide Ministries EarthCare Team, so it seemed that this was an accessible and powerful audience.
Within two weeks of arriving back in Georgia, I met an amazing woman who would help this dream become a reality. Continue reading