Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church is one of the 12 national Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) 2022 Cool Congregations Challenge winners receiving a runners-up award. The annual contest accepts applications from religious congregations across the United States that are doing work to reduce their carbon footprint and create models of sustainability within their communities.
Woods Church won the Energy Saver Award for reducing its energy consumption by 52 percent.
The church has engaged in a capital campaign called Renew to significantly reduce its energy usage through installation of ultra-high efficiency HVAC systems, upgrades to all LED lighting, installation of highly efficient windows and numerous building insulation improvements. The collective improvements yield an annual reduction in carbon emissions of over 400 metric tons of carbon dioxide, with a cost savings of $30,000 per year.
"Our congregation is honored to be acknowledged for our environmental work,” said the Rev. Nancy Lincoln. “As a Presbyterian Church (USA) Earth Care Congregation we have made a commitment to work toward sustainability. Receiving the Cool Congregations Challenge Award is exciting for us and we hope it will inspire greater emphasis on sustainability as a faith practice.”
Interfaith Power & Light is empowering congregations through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
“Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church and the other national winning congregations are carrying out practical actions that make a real difference in creating lasting solutions to climate change,” said the Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power & Light.
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