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Case Studies

We offer many GSS case studies describing what various GSS faith communities have done to green their worship spaces or serve their communities, each one showing concrete details. These case studies provide not just examples of what has been done but also inspiration to help your faith community get started.

Case Studies
MPSF case studies

In 2015, we launched a new program called Mission Per Square Foot (MPSF) designed to help any congregation fully harness their building in a way that meets its mission, acknowledges its capacity, protects the environment and serves the larger community. These case studies (from the Ottawa area explore how diverse faith communities are fully and sustainably utilizing their buildings, guided by a clear mission and in service to the larger community. The MPSF program was relabelled Regeneration Works: Places of Faith in 2017.

Download “10 Mission Per Square Foot Case Studies”.

10 Solar Case Studies (2011)

Solar case studies were part of our original Solar Faith Initiative project to assist and encourage faith communities in successfully navigating the MicroFIT program.

Download “Ten Solar Case Studies – Ontario”.

Solar Case Studies Follow-ups

We went back and revisited 4 of our solar case study partners to see how they were doing 4 years later. Read more about the progress of solar projects at: Neighbourhood Unitarian (NUCC), Toronto; Islington United Church, Etobicoke; Hillcrest Mennonite Church, New Hamburg; and Laidlaw United Church, Hamilton.

Download “Solar Case Studies – Faith Community Follow-ups”.

Resilience Hub Case Studies (2015)

The Neighbourhood Extreme Weather Resilience pilot project explored how Toronto’s diverse faith communities could be better utilized as local service centers to help vulnerable populations during extreme weather emergencies. These case studies give a sense of the potential of this work by providing a snapshot of the action plans and community partner engagement at each of the project’s faith pilot sites.

Download “Faith Community Resilience Hub Case Studies”.

GSS Case Studies 2013

Our Go Green Case Studies (2013) feature the retrofit and MicroFIT actions of four faith communities, including community action, memorable moments, keys to success, and lessons learned.

Download “Go Green Case Studies: Retrofit and MicroFIT Action in Faith Communities” (720k pdf).

Case Studies (2008)

Our original “Greening in Faith Communities: Ten Community Profiles” (2008) lists case studies from 10 diverse faith communities from across Ontario, focusing on community actions and building improvements.

Download “Greening in Faith Communities: Ten Community Profiles” (851k pdf).

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