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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

Climate/Carbon Neutrality Energy Audit

Proposed in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont in 2007


Climate/Carbon Neutrality Energy Audit

Resolved,
that the Diocese of Vermont at its 175th Convention calls upon each of its parishes to conduct an in-house environmental audit of its energy use, consumption patterns, and plant use management and,

Resolved,
that each parish be prepared to report by the 177th convention on its audit and its plan to address deficits in its local environmental stewardship, including a report of its comprehensive energy use.


Explanation:

2006 General Convention Resolution C018, Environmental Stewardship, reaffirmed Resolution 1991-A195 that declares "that Christian Stewardship of God's created environment, in harmony with our respect for human dignity, requires response from the Church of the highest urgency." 2006-C018 also reaffirms 2000-A048 that "encourag[es] all members, congregations, dioceses, and other church institutions to use environmentally safe and sustainable energy sources." 2006-C018 encourages all members, dioceses, congregations and other institutions to partner with Interfaith Power and Light, and to show respect for creation by "reducing energy use through conservation and increased efficiency, and by replacing consumption of fossil fuels with energy from renewable resources." Congregations are urged to join Vermont Interfaith Power & Light, which promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and conducts energy audits for congregations. One way to reduce emissions that has proven to be successful is to work together in groups called "EcoTeams" of five to eight households using a workbook called "Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds." A leader from Vermont Interfaith Power & Light visits a congregation and gives an introduction to the workbook and helps organize EcoTeams.

The Diocese of Massachusetts has passed a like resolution. The religious community must do its part to increase its efforts to address global warming.
The Diocese of Vermont needs every congregation in this effort as the resolution requests. The goal of the diocese and its parishes is to have every congregation reduce its energy consumption and its greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible, as soon as possible. Ultimately, together, we can set and meet a goal to achieve carbon (or climate) neutrality, a day when we will consume no fossil fuels.

There are practical steps that each congregation can take to achieve this objective.

  • Go to www.vtipl.org and click on their "Taking Action" page, and follow "Ten Steps Vermonters Can Do To Stop Global Warming." On their links page, there are also useful organizations.
  • Contact Efficiency Vermont for an energy audit to show you how worthwhile it is to insulate and to seal windows, doors, and hatches.
  • A checklist as well as contact information will be available on the diocesan website.

Undertaking an energy audit will entail some upfront costs. Small grants will be available from the McClure Discovery 2000 or Irish grant funds.

To be submitted by:

The Rev'd Anita Schell-Lambert and the Delegation from Saint Peter's, Bennington; The Rev'd Canon Lee Alison Crawford and the Delegation from Saint Mary's, Northfield; The Rev'd Canon Diane Root and the Delegation from Church of Our Saviour, Killington

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The EpEN is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church.  Members come from around the Episcopal Church USA.  The activities of the EpEN are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action. 

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