We are committed to the goal set by the 2010 Synod Assembly of reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 5% a year, with the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 25-40% by 2020.
What steps—small or large—is your congregation taking to care for creation? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get involved in the People's Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014.
Over the weekend of Sept. 19-21, while the UN is in town, thousands of people will march in New York to demand meaningful action towards a strong and ambitious treaty to curb global warming pollution and combat the climate crisis. There will be a strong faith presence at the march; we hope many of you are already planning to be there.
Many marchers will be coming from out-of-town - from all parts of this country and even from other lands - and will need housing. We're asking churches and other faith-based institutions to provide accommodations for one, two, or three nights for these out-of-town guests, in keeping with the ancient Christian tradition of hospitality. Please consider making your sanctuary or meeting-room floor available for marchers' sleeping bags, and/or inviting marchers into your homes. Sign up to provide hospitality for participants in the People’s Climate March. A link will be posted here soon to register for overnight accomodations.
We are inviting representatives from across the entire ELCA to join us at the march. Please contact Gerry Falco, Pat Almonrode, or Terra Rowe to add your voice to this historic event.
LIPA (Long Island Power Authority)
Free energy audits for non-profit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Call directly: 631-755-5390.
ConEd and Willdan Energy Solutions
Free energy audits and incentives up to 70% for equipment upgrades--for the five boroughs and Westchester County
NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Performs $100 energy audits for non-profit organizations in the following counties: Sullivan, Ulster, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, Westchester, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and New York
Figure out your congregation’s carbon footprint using a calculator specifically formulated for houses of worship
The Daylight Savings Company
Exclusive energy auditor for the Bronx, Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties, with Long Island capabilities as well
Energy Star Portfolio Manager
Helps you track and assess energy and water consumption within individual buildings
ELCA Mission Investment Fund Building Consultants
LEED-accredited and/or trained church building consultants are available to assist your congregation with a basic energy audit
Solar Panels & Other Renewable Energy Sources
New York State funding sources
Tax credits, rebates, grants and loans for renewable energy
Examples of Large-Scale Congregational Projects
Emanuel Lutheran Church, Pleasantville, New York
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Chatham, New Jersey
The Green Bible
Printed on recycled paper, this Bible highlights verses and passages about God's care for creation in green and offers essays
Liturgical resources, prayers, sermons, and hymns
Climate Change Information
Climate information from working climate scientists
Taking a look at global warming skepticism
Lutherans Restoring Creation
ELCA Caring for Creation
National Council of Churches of Christ Eco-Justice Programs
Long Island Interfaith Environmental Network
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
New York Interfaith Power and Light
Alliance of Religions and Conservation