Local Success Stories

LIIEN compiled success stories from local congregations into the following 2010report called "Greening the Faith."

Greening The Faith


The following are more summaries of what is being done at congregations on Long Island to become more energy efficient and reduce waste and/or toxins.
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Solar powered Eternal Light at The Community Synagogue, Port Washington, NY

Solar powered Eternal Light at The Community Synagogue, Port Washington, NY

Place of Worship:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
Manhasset, NY
Contact person: Elaine Peters
Phone: 516-433-3347
Email: eljamka@hotmail.com

1) Building Efficiency Upgrades:
a. UUCSR has conducted an energy audit through LIPA.
b. UUCSR is in the process of upgrading the lighting of their house of worship.2) Greening Vehicle Fleets:

2) Greening Vehicle Fleets:
UUCSR is planning to purchase a natural gas van for member transportation as needed.

3) Renewable Energy Sources:
UUCSR is in the process of considering a location for photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, and solar water heating.

4) Policy, Decision-Making, and Outreach:
UUCSR has adopted the following resolution(s)/policy(ies) on clean energy:
a. Staff conservation policy to turn off equipment at night (Adopted 2006).
b. Purchase only Energy Star labeled office equipment.
c. UUCSR is committed to outreach on clean energy and environmental stewardship. UUCSR constantly promotes the sale of fluorescents and other eco-friendly products after our Sunday services and during environmental programs they often sell reusable bags, etc.

5) Other Eco-stewardship Initiatives:
a. UUCSR's janitorial staff is using nontoxic, "green" cleaners
b. UUCSR uses no pesticides. Compost bins and only organic matter are used in our Community Garden.
c. UUCSR recycles bottles, cans, paper, etc. Everything is sent to a recycling plant and they send these items to suitable sites
d. UUCSR uses recycled paper for our office copy machine.
e. UUCSR has planted a community garden

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Place of Worship:
Malverne Jewish Center
Malvern, NY
Contact person: David Feldman
Phone: 516-719-9881
Email: dfeldman@lipower.org

1) Building Efficiency & Retrofitting:
a. MJC has conducted an energy audit through LIPA.
b. MJC has upgraded its lighting.

MJC upgraded building lighting to CFL's and energy efficient fixtures in 2006 under LIPA's RECAP program. Included were sanctuaries, classrooms, offices, hallways, storage areas and other common areas. They are realizing a return of almost 30% on our investment

2) Policy, Decision-Making, and Outreach:
MJC has adopted a staff conservation policy to turn off equipment at night (Adopted several years ago).

3) Other Eco-stewardship Initiatives:
MJC uses recycled paper for their office copy machine.

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Place of Worship:
St. Martin of Tours
Amityville, NY
Contact person: Keith Mainhart
Phone:631-264-4840
Email: smtoutreach@optonline.net

See the following pages for areas of progress:
Building upgrades
Renewables
Fleets
Policies & Outreach
Other Green Initiatives

1) Building Efficiency & Retrofitting:
a. We have conducted an energy audit (through LIPA & other consultant)
b. We are taking a "prescriptive" approach, making incremental steps (i.e. lighting, heating/cooling system) in all or most of our buildings.

2) We have upgraded, are in the process of upgrading and plan to upgrade the following:
heating/cooling systems
lighting

3) We did a major lighting redesign in our parish's conference room:
The previous design utilized only incandescent bulbs and provided very poor quality of light. We replaced much of the lighting with T5's and added compact fluorescents when we desired a dimmer light for the room. The quality of light is much better, but only uses about 30% of the energy.
a. We are in the process of considering a location for photovoltaic (PV) solar panels & solar water heating.

4) Policy, Decision-Making, and Outreach:
We have adopted the following resolution(s)/policy(ies) on clean energy.
a. X purchasing only Energy Star labeled office equipment
b. X We are committed to outreach on clean energy and environmental stewardship, and have engaged in public education events for our congregation/fellowship, "preached it from the pulpit", or produced materials to inform the public or children about these important issues.

Describe: The pastor preaches from the pulpit of Environmental Stewardship when the occasion arises.
I work with students in the school on Earth Day and throughout the year on what little things we can do to save the planet. We also celebrate the feast day of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Patroness of Ecology.
Our parish Bulletin prints articles periodically addressing ecological issues.
The parish has co-founded with a neighboring parish a Catholic Environmental group made up of lay people called The Roundtable for Environmental Stewardship. Its goal is to educate the community, through workshops, on how we can answer Pope Benedict's Call to be Good Stewards of the earth.

5) Other Eco-stewardship Initiatives:
a. My place of worship's janitorial staff is using nontoxic, "green" cleaners
c. We recycle bottles, cans, cardboard
g. We used low-VOC paint (No Volatile Organic Compound odors)
h. We planted a native garden.

Are there any other creative steps not mentioned above that your place of worship has begun to advance on environmental stewardship and energy efficiency or that are planned for future?

1. Along with the school, we have planted the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Native Garden, using only flora native to Long Island. This promotes water conservation, requires little fertilizer, and replenishes the soil.
2. Our parish school has qualified as an EPA Energy Star Building and we are awaiting certification.
3. Our parish belongs to a program with LIPA to help conserve energy during peak times.

We had started an environmental group with St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa called the Roundtable for Environmental Stewardship which organized events that promoted ecology in everyday life.

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Place of Worship:
Ss. Cyril & Methodius R.C. Church,
Deer Park, NY
Contact person: Deacon Phil Mills
Phone: 631-667-4044 X110
Email: sscmbusiness@optonline.net 

Areas of progress:
· Building upgrades
· Renewables
· Fleets
· Policies & Outreach
· Other Green Initiatives

1) Building Efficiency Upgrades:
a. SSCM has conducted an energy audit through LIPA.
b. SSCM plans to upgrade their heating/cooling system, windows, lighting, and insulation

2) Policy, Decision-Making, and Outreach:
SSCM has adopted the following resolution(s)/policy(ies) on clean energy:
a. SSCM has printed in their Bulletin that they would no longer, as a parish, use bottled water and are recycling paper, cardboard, and bottles.

3) Eco-stewardship Initiatives:
a. SSCM's janitorial staff is using nontoxic, "green" cleaners
b. SSCM recycles bottles, paper, and cardboard
c. SSCM uses biodegradable cups & plates and have reduced the amount of Styrofoam and other disposables at events.

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Place of Worship:
Our Lady of the Snow R. C. Church
Blue Point, NY
Contact person: Sister Noreen Cleary
Phone: 631-363-2416
Email: clearynsc@aol.com

Areas of progress:
· Building upgrades
· Renewables
· Fleets
· Policies & Outreach
· Other Green Initiatives

1) Building Efficiency Upgrades:
a. OLSN has conducted an energy audit through LIPA.
b. OLSN has upgraded their windows and lighting.

2) Other Eco-stewardship Initiatives:
a. OLSN has adopted a Staff Conservation Policy to turn off equipment at night as of 2005.
b. OLSN has reduced their indoor and outdoor pesticide use and are implementing organic methods.
c. OLSN recycles bottles, cans, paper, etc
d. OLSN tries to use china dishes and glasses in the Rectory, although at large events they have to provide disposable china and glassware.
e. OLSN has discontinued the use of small bottled water.
f. The Town does not pick up recyclables from churches and rectories. However, with the help of a Town employee, OLSN was able to obtain containers for the recycling of glass, metal, and plastic bi-weekly.

 

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