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    1. 2. Cool Congregations Workshop
    2. 3. Cool Congregations Workshop The Regeneration Project
    3. 5. Agenda <ul><li>Cool Congregations Program Description </li></ul><ul><li>Ann’s Carbon Footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Measure Your Own Carbon Footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Find Ways to Reduce! </li></ul><ul><li>Organize a Cool Congregations Program in Your Congregation </li></ul><ul><li>The Other Side of the Meter </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    4. 7. Cool Congregations Workshop
    5. 8. Cool Congregations Workshop 0 100,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 500,000 600,000 Age (yr BP) 300 500 400 600 180 200 220 240 260 280 Temp. in F° CO 2 Concentration After 45 More Years of current energy use patterns CO 2 [ppmv] Today’s CO 2 Concentration
    6. 9. Cool Congregations Workshop
    7. 10. U.S. Emissions <ul><li>Carbon Capture and Storage </li></ul>0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 1970 1990 2010 2030 2050 GtC 2.6 Electricity end-use efficiency Other end-use efficiency Passenger vehicle efficiency Other transport efficiency Renewables CCS and Supply efficiency 1.8 0.9 After Pacala and Socolow, 2004; ARI CarBen3 Spreadsheet
    8. 11. Cool Congregations Workshop <ul><li>Religious communities have aided social change in the past </li></ul><ul><li>Abolition of slavery </li></ul><ul><li>Civil rights </li></ul><ul><li>Women's right to vote </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered Species Act </li></ul><ul><li>We can do it again… </li></ul>
    9. 12. Cool Congregations Workshop Care for Creation Theological Statement “ The earth is the Lord’s and everything therein.” Creation is God’s gift to us – the gift of good land, good water, good air – and we are placed in the garden to tend and care for the earth as God’s stewards, as earthkeepers. We keep the faith in part by keeping the earth, by conserving it in good health for future generations, exercising restraint for the sake of others yet to come, repairing and restoring what has come undone out of love for the Creator and compassion for others. Rev. Benjamin Webb St. Luke's Episcopal Church Cedar Falls, Iowa
    10. 13. <ul><li>Pledge energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Save money </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent global warming pollution </li></ul>Stewardship Program Cool Congregations Workshop
    11. 14. <ul><li>Measure Carbon Footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways to reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Pledge </li></ul>How? Cool Congregations Workshop
    12. 15. Carbon Footprint <ul><li>What is a Carbon Footprint? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your carbon footprint is the measure of how much global warming pollution you produce in your daily activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measured in pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2). </li></ul></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    13. 16. Carbon Footprint <ul><li>Why are our feet so big? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Autos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gas, or…(gas, oil or propane) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garbage </li></ul></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    14. 17. How Do We Fare? <ul><li>Average American emits 21,000 pounds of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) annually </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 times that of Germany, per person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3.5 times that of Sweden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 times that of Mexico and China </li></ul></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    15. 18. How Do We Feel? <ul><li>We comprise 4% of the World’s population, but are responsible for between 25 – 30 % of the earth’s CO2 emissions! </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    16. 19. Moral Issue <ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize Winner ‘07 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 20. Ann’s Family
    18. 21. Carbon Footprint Checklist <ul><li>1) UTILITY INFO totals for the last 12 months </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity (kWh) _____________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Heat (You only use one of the following in your home) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Gas __________________________________ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Total “therms” of gas. If “mcf” then, 1mcf x 10.3 =1therm) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Heating Oil (in gallons) __________________________ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Propane (in gallons) ____________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Didn't save your last 12 months of bills? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MidAmerican - find your account number on your latest bill and go to www. midamericanenergy .com , establish a user name and password, enter your account number and print off your last 12 months of bills. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2) MILES DRIVEN and MPG - Estimate for each car for the last 12 months. </li></ul>
    19. 22. Ann’s footprint
    20. 23. 25 Simple Steps Under $25 <ul><li>LIGHTING </li></ul><ul><li>Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs for your most-used lights. $2/bulb </li></ul><ul><li>180 pounds each/yr </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off unneeded lights </li></ul><ul><li>380 pounds/yr </li></ul>
    21. 24. 25 Simple Steps Under $25 <ul><li>HOME APPLIANCES </li></ul><ul><li>Line dry clothes in summer: 780 pounds CO2/yr </li></ul><ul><li>Line dry all year: </li></ul><ul><li>1400 pounds </li></ul><ul><li>One less load/wk in dryer: 200 pounds/yr </li></ul>
    22. 25. 25 Simple Steps Under $25 Home Heating and Cooling <ul><li>Ask your utility company for a home energy audit to find out where your home is poorly insulated or energy-inefficient. </li></ul><ul><li>CO2 reduction: Potentially, thousands of pounds a year. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't overheat or overcool rooms. Adjust your thermostat </li></ul><ul><li>(lower in winter, higher in summer) </li></ul><ul><li>CO2 reduction </li></ul><ul><li>(for each 2-degree adjustment): </li></ul><ul><li>500 pounds a year. </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    23. 26. 25 Simple Steps Under $25 Water <ul><li>Wash clothes in warm or cold water, not hot. </li></ul><ul><li>CO2 reduction </li></ul><ul><li>(for two loads a week): </li></ul><ul><li> 500 pounds a year . </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    24. 27. 25 Simple Steps Under $25 <ul><li>Other Equally Important Things To Do </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop Barry Eastman Owner, Rudy’s Tacos Buys 72 % locally
    25. 28. Green tags <ul><li>Consider Green Tags or RECs to ‘replace’ some of your CO2 emissions. With Native Energy your purchase can help finance construction of a specific new renewable energy project. </li></ul>
    26. 30. ANN’S ENERGY USE <ul><li>Electricity savings </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>17% decrease! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Gas savings </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>15% decrease! </li></ul></ul></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    27. 31. Ann’s CO2 Savings Cool Congregations Workshop 7.9 % Electric + 1.3 % Gas = 9.2 % (vs. 7.2 % on pledge sheet) (APPLAUSE!!!)
    28. 32. The Power of 10% Cool Congregations Workshop St. Luke’s 35 families = 18 cars off the roads Every Cedar Valley household = 21,000 cars Every Iowa household = 604,000 cars
    29. 33. St. Luke’s Biggest Losers! <ul><li>67 tons </li></ul><ul><li>9% average </li></ul><ul><li>Saved $5000 just on utilities! </li></ul>
    30. 34. Cool Congregations Workshop <ul><li>The CO2 emissions coming just </li></ul><ul><li>from the electricity in Kate Dunning's home used to total 20,000 pounds. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Changed 75% of her bulbs to </li></ul><ul><li>compact fluorescent </li></ul><ul><li>50% reduction in her </li></ul><ul><li>electricity use </li></ul><ul><li>Should save 10,000 pounds of </li></ul><ul><li>CO2 this year alone, just from </li></ul><ul><li>switching bulbs </li></ul><ul><li>Initial investment = just under $200 </li></ul><ul><li>Reached payback after 4 months </li></ul><ul><li>Annual savings will be $600. </li></ul>
    31. 35. Now It’s Your Turn! Cool Congregations Workshop
    32. 36. Next… <ul><li>Take your completed “Carbon Footprint Checklist” to computing station to figure your footprint </li></ul><ul><li>2. Return to table. Absorb Footprint. Choose actions from &quot;25&quot; Lists. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Help yourself to the literature </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    33. 37. Q & A?
    34. 38. “ We’ve got to get organized!” Cool Congregations Workshop
    35. 39. “ We’ve got to get organized!” <ul><li>Green team </li></ul><ul><li>Guinea pig </li></ul><ul><li>Involve Congregational leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Educate congregation </li></ul><ul><li>Begin program </li></ul>
    36. 40. Green Team <ul><li>Measure your footprints </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways to reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Make a pledge </li></ul>
    37. 41. Resource CD <ul><li>A. Educate Congregation </li></ul><ul><li>B. Invite Congregation to Join CC </li></ul><ul><li>C. Meeting Agendas </li></ul><ul><li>D. Calculation Tools </li></ul><ul><li>E. Ongoing Education </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    38. 42. Guinea Pig Cool Congregations Workshop
    39. 43. House Party <ul><li>Invite leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Show “An Inconvenient Truth” </li></ul><ul><li>Tell about Cool Congregations </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to measure their carbon footprints </li></ul>
    40. 44. House Party 2 <ul><li>Show them their footprints </li></ul><ul><li>Help them find ways to reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Invite them to make a pledge </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a new guinea pig </li></ul>
    41. 45. Party Gift!
    42. 46. Teach!
    43. 47. Begin the Program! <ul><li>What’s your style? </li></ul><ul><li>House Party - agendas on cd </li></ul><ul><li>Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster groups </li></ul><ul><li>One on one </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    44. 48. Buy efficient products and raise money for Iowa Interfaith Power and Light at (discount code – “shopipl”)
    45. 49. Keep Learning! <ul><li>Adult Education Hour sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly testimonials in newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Info on reduction options in newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Sales of CFLs, L.E.D. holiday lights </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative holiday gift fair </li></ul><ul><li>Retrofit your congregational bldg </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    46. 50. “ We’ve got to get organized!” <ul><li>Green team </li></ul><ul><li>Guinea pig </li></ul><ul><li>Blessing from Congregational leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Educate congregation </li></ul><ul><li>Begin program </li></ul>
    47. 51. The Other Side of the Meter
    48. 52. Be a Cool Congregation! <ul><ul><ul><li>Pledge Actions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to your faith leader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recruit 3 helpers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Join Iowa Interfaith Power & Light! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    49. 53. HELP SUPPORT IOWA INTERFAITH POWER & LIGHT <ul><li>Congregational membership is $50. </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals can join with any contribution you feel is appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Checks made payable to IIP&L </li></ul>Cool Congregations Workshop
    50. 54. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead