As we approach celebration of Earth Day 2014, spring is busting out all over! Three of our project partners are featured for their achievements in advancing a more sustainable economy.
- A participant with Ohio Interfaith Power & Light was awarded top honors EPA’s National Building Competition. First Presbyterian, a 102-year-old church in Athens, OH, cut its energy use by 15.6% in 2013 and prevented 9 metric tons of CO2 emissions and lowering their annual energy cost by $1,088. It’s achievements topped results from the 92 others in the House of Worship Category. First Presbyterian is one of 21 participants in OhIPL’s “Leading Interfaith Energy Conservation” project.
A long-time and proud burger dive in Madison, WI was featured in The Cap Times for the deep greening of its operations and food, an outcome of its year-long participation Sustain Dane’s nationally recognized Mpower Business Champions. Now the Plaza Tavern carriers the moniker “eco-dive” as detailed in this story. The Plaza is one of 24 participants in the 2013 Mpower projects. The include medical facilities, financial institutions, manufacturing, retail and more.
And Corbin Group celebrated the achievements of the five participants in the Winneshiek Green Teams Program in Decorah, IA. with a celebration and video release. Participants honored included: Oneota Community Food Co-op, Decorah Bank & Trust, Decorah Community Schools, Decorah Stanley, Luther College, City of Decorah, and the Winneshiek Energy District.
All three project partners have deployed the Energy Stewards® web platform as an integral tool in their respective programs, using it to connect participants, guide actions, measure and verify results in spreading and deepening energy efficiency and related sustainable practices.
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The church reduced its energy use by 15.6% over the evaluation period and 20% for the past twelve months and prevented 9.2 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the year. Their ENERGY STAR score increased from 39 to 55. Additionally, First Presbyterian Church of Athens was formally recognized for placing first in the House of Worship building category.
“The EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition helped us save energy, cut our utility bills, and protect the climate,” said Keith Morrow, Chair, Property Committee, of First Presbyterian Church. “The Energy Efficiency Programs of Columbia Gas and AEP-Ohio along with the efforts of the Earth Justice Committee and the commitment of the whole church were instrumental in helping First Presbyterian Church achieve these results,” said Craig Foster, Technical Consultant with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, a statewide program that works with Houses of Worship to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
First Presbyterian Church of Athens reduced its energy use through a variety of strategies, including replacing an inefficient gas boiler, upgrading thermostats, replacing incandescent lighting throughout the building and replaced a 40-gallon gas water heater with an on demand gas water heater.