"When asked why he robbed banks, the infamous Willie Sutton responded simply, 'Because that's where the money is.' If global carbon emissions were currency, most of the 'money' could be found in our office buildings, malls, hotels, factories, apartment buildings, and private homes." - Peter Senge, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World
What You Need To Know
Over the past twenty-five years, the rising costs of energy and materials have made businesses, congregations, and consumers more aware of the need to re-think the energy footprint of structures they inhabit for work, worship, and home. In the United States alone, our buildings and homes consume:
- 38.9% of our primary energy production
- 13.6% of all drinkable water
- 72 % of all the electricity produced
They also produce:
- 38% of all Co2 emissions
- 30% of all waste output.
Why Is Green Building An Issue of Faith?
Individuals and congregations are motivated not only to use less energy in their buildings because it saves money for other programs, they are motivated because it helps reduce overall consumption of resources that heat the planet and affect vulnerable populations. Justice and Witness Ministries suggests these first steps to begin to change your facility or home to save more energy:
What You Can Do
- Conduct an energy audit. Know how much energy your home or facility uses over an entire year and identify the opportunities and costs of lowering your energy use.
- Download this checklist for ways to save energy.
- Make a written plan to make the easiest and least costly energy-saving changes first. Then plan how you will install and pay for more expensive changes. At the same time, begin to chart when you will reach the payback time when the cost of your actions or installations will be paid for by their energy savings.
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