The following is a guest post by Faith & the Common Good, a network of faith communities working side by side for a greener, healthier, and more resilient Canada. The article talks about green audits that are being carried out at various anglican churches across Canada. The Green Audit is a fee for service offered through the Greening Sacred Spaces program, designed to help faith communities see the greening opportunities in and around their sacred spaces (energy, waste, and water) and guide them on how to make changes towards greater energy efficiency, health and sustainability.
Across Canada, Anglicans are getting a great deal towards greening their places of worship.
In partnership with our very own Faith and the Common Good’s Green Audit, the Anglican Church of Canada offers dioceses an opportunity to receive a grant to complete a holistic audit of their churches, including energy, water and waste. The Green Audit is competitively priced on a sliding scale, beginning at $800 and moving up with the size and complexity of the building in question. Through the subsidized Green Building Audit Program, successful applicants will receive grants for 2/3 of the cost of the Green Audit to a maximum of $1,000, based on building size.
The Niagara Diocese offers the audit at half the actual cost! There is also the opportunity to receive a Sustainable Capital Improvement Grant from this diocese once you’ve completed the audit.
In Niagara, Sue Carson has been instrumental in setting up and letting communities know about this opportunity. This dynamic, passionate Chair of the Greening Niagara Diocese has been working for many years to make sustainability a priority within the Diocese. She wrote about the Green Audit experience at her church and that of two other churches for theAnglican Journal (page 11). Her piece has been edited here for the purposes of this blog post.
At my church, St. James’ Dundas we had six parishioners accompany the auditor for his six hour visit and found the whole experience extremely worthwhile, with time to chat over a lunch time break… Read more on Greening Sacred Spaces’ website.
Header Image Source: Greening Sacred Spaces website