Sunday October 15, 2017
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

First Church of Christ Longmeadow
763 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Saturday November 11, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

United Parish of Brookline
210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Edwards Church of Framingham
39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. By reducing the carbon footprints at our houses of worship we also lower energy bills and free up funds needed for other important purposes.

Participants will learn what to do about:

  • Electricity — How to recognize the major energy hogs — and what to do about them.
  • Solar Power — Is solar an option for your congregation?
  • Heat & Air Conditioning — Is it time for an upgrade?
  • Building Envelope — How to make your congregation more comfortable & save money.
  • Behavior — How simple actions can reduce your energy bill – and carbon footprint.

For information or to register, click on the link for the location you would like to attend:

Longmeadow: 1:30 pm: On-site registration & refreshments.
2-5:30 pm: Workshop presentations.

Brookline & Framingham: 8:30 am: On-site registration & refreshments.
9:00 am-12:30 pm: Workshop.

Fee is $20 payable online through PayPal, or by check. Clergy & lay leaders encouraged to attend. For more information contact Vince Maraventano at or 617-244-0755.

All are welcome!


The workshop in Longmeadow is sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Action Network (SAICAN).

The workshops in Brookline and Framingham are sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.


Houses of worship leave a notable environmental imprint.

Houses of Worship

Per capita, per hour of use, they're often among the biggest wasters of energy, and the United States has more houses of worship than any other country!

Many congregations recognize the moral imperative for stewardship, but don't always stand on the moral "high ground" when it comes to actual energy usage. We need to become better stewards and, in the process, encourage and inspire our congregants to do better at home, school, and work.

Membership in MIP&L offers a concrete way to put faith into action. Together, we will work toward environmental justice and care of creation. We will be a powerful religious response to global warming and environmental degradation!

If we don't, who will?



Boston SynagogueAll Steamed Up?

Boston Synagogue was all steamed up, not just about climate change but especially about its cost (in $s and environmental impact) for using steam to heat its building. Boston Synagogue (also known as Charles River Park Synagogue) is a small, lay-led synagogue located in the heart of the Old West End near Massachusetts General Hospital. The building was constructed in 1971. It is a single-story structure, with a dramatic pitched "skylight" roof over the Sanctuary.

The result?  During 2009 Boston Synagogue reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 70%, from over 200,000 lbs to just over 80,000 lbs. Their annual energy costs decreased by 57% during this period, to about $6,800 as compared to about $15,750. Also, their annual repair and maintenance bills dropped significantly. As a result,the estimated payback time on their capital investment is approximately 5 years.

Read the full and very detailed case study by clicking here (PDF).



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