October 9 Program:
Faith Based Sustainability
Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, many spiritual beliefs have a strong connection to environmental stewardship. During our October program, we will examine environmental stewardship through the lens of religious texts and initiatives. The program will begin with a high level discussion of religious beliefs that illuminate the need for human endeavors to be consistent with the sustaining life-systems of the planet and invite humans to make a shift from an anthropocentric to a biocentric focus. Attendees will explore examples of local faith based initiatives such as the Jewish Environmental Initiative, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, and the Intercommunity Ecological Council, as well as certification programs including GreenFaith and ENERGY STAR for Congregations. The evening will conclude with a case study and brief how-to presentation on ENERGY STAR for Congregations and its Portfolio Manager, an interactive energy management tool that allows congregations to track and assess energy and water consumption across their entire portfolio of buildings. Grace Episcopal Church, our host location, has gathered data since 2009 and successfully implemented its functions to create awareness about energy efficiency and accomplish energy savings, freeing money for outreach to support their mission.
Sabine McDowell, LEED AP, Co-Chair of Grace Creation Care Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church, founder of www.ourgreenchoices.com
Gail Wechsler, Director of Domestic Issues/Social Justice for Community Relations Council of
Paulette Zimmerman, SSND, Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation Staff,
for School Sisters of Notre Dame
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
5:30–6:15pm – Registration & Networking,
6:15–7:30pm – Formal Presentation
Grace Episcopal Church,
514 E. Argonne Drive
Kirkwood, MO 63122 map
FEE Free for all attendees. Open to the public; please pre-register.
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