Deciding on Divestment from Fossil Fuels
From Congregations to Kitchen Tables
May 14 from 7-9 PM at Hancock Church
From religious congregations to kitchen tables nationwide, people are debating divestment. If it is wrong to disrupt the planet's life systems, is it wrong to profit from such destruction?
Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Mass. Conference of the U.C.C.
Join us for a thought provoking forum to address these questions:
Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) Workshop
May 17 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Attend this informative, hands-on workshop conducted by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light to gain the tools and knowledge to evaluate essential areas of the energy use and save money on the energy costs in your House Of Worship.
This workshop will cover:
Houses of worship leave a notable environmental imprint.
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?
All 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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