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Find out more about Our Energy Benchmarking Program

Understanding your current energy use is the first step in reducing it. Launched in 2017, our Energy Benchmarking Program is helping faith communities take practical and economical climate action by lowering their energy use and emissions. 

“Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and largest single resource solution for simultaneously saving energy, saving money, and preventing GHG emissions.” – Energy Star Action Workbook for Congregations, US EPA, 2017

 

Interested? Here's what you need to do to participate:

A) If you have already registered your faith community for our free online network go directly to our Energy Benchmarking Form.

B) If you have not registered, follow the steps below to become one of our benchmarking faith communities.

  1. Register your faith community for our free online network.
  2. Log in to your account (top right corner of our home page).
  3. Return to this page and complete our Energy Benchmarking Form.
  4. After you have electronically submitted the Energy Benchmarking Form, the last step is to complete a local utility company consent form to enable us to access your energy consumption data. 
    1. Toronto faith communities:
      Complete and e-mail the consent forms from Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas to Donna Lang, dlang@faithcommongood.org.
    2. Other regions:
      Kindly contact your local animator below for instructions.
  5. Congrats! You're done. Looking forward to working with your faith community to save energy, $, and the planet!

 

Benchmarking Steps

Why Benchmark?

1. Supports stewardship of environmental and financial resources. 
2. Allows you to target carbon consumption (buildings account for about 42% of a typical faith community’s carbon footprint).
3. Saves time and money, allowing you to target lowest hanging fruit. 
4. Assists future reporting requirements. 


What are you being asked to do?

  • Make a commitment to save energy
  • Give us your building information and consent to access your energy data
  • Work with us over the next 3 years to identify ways to decrease energy consumption


We'll make it easy for you by:

  • Registering your faith building with Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Inputing your utility data into Portfolio Manager
  • Facilitating a building audit (if desired)
  • Providing energy performance reports, energy efficiency tools, funding info and training
  • Meeting with your building committee and/or Board to answer questions and ensure things run smoothly
  • Providing an annual performance review

 

Scroll down for upcoming events, blog posts, and resources.

Contact us

Energy Coordinator: David Patterson dpatterson@faithcommongood.org
Toronto ⁄ Project Manager: Donna Lang dlang@faithcommongood.org
Halton and Peel: Teresa Ierullo haltonpeel@faithcommongood.org
Hamilton: Juby Lee jlee@faithcommongood.org
York: Harry French hfrench@windfallcentre.ca
Ottawa: Charlie Scromeda greeningsacredspacesottawa@gmail.com

 

Thank you to our Funders

Energy Benchmarking Events

Holy Trinity School’s Path to Sustainability

As an independent K-12 school located in Richmond Hill, Holy Trinity School (HTS) proves to be an aspirational leader when it comes to educating, promoting and advocating for sustainability. After joining ClimateWise Business Network in June 2018, HTS has participated in Faith and the Common Good’s Energy Benchmarking for Faith Buildings program and they are currently in the process of creating an action plan to achieve their greenhouse gas reduction goal. In May 2019, Holy Trinity School received recognition for their commitment to sustainability as they received an award for Engaged Green Team at ClimateWise’s York Region Sustainability Awards.

 

Faith & the Common Good and Green Economy Canada

With climate change growing as a moral issue, faith communities are finding their own sustainability profile as an opportunity to lead. A growing number are taking action with the support of Green Economy Hubs, benefiting from a new partnership between Green Economy Canada and Faith & the Common Good.

In Sudbury, York Region, and five other communities, these faith-based organizations are investing time in measuring their environmental footprint and working to reduce it.

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Resources

St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church Case Study

St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, TorontoSt. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Toronto

Mission and Background:  St. Cuthbert’s is a caring Christian community that seeks to love God and serve our neighbours. We are located in the heart of Leaside and have been worshipping and serving our community since we were established in 1890 --128 years of bringing faith to life!

Our facilities offer over 19,600 square feet of space that is well maintained, well-appointed and well used by our parishioners, tenants and local groups including Beavers, Cubs, Venturers, Scouts and Girl Guides.

We have made a conscientious effort to reduce waste, promote recycling and composting, improve energy efficiency, eliminate reliance on toxic products and exercise earth-friendly protocols.  In 2010 we completed an in-house environmental audit by examining our building operations and best practices. We maintain a documented record of our improvements and initiatives.

Download PDF (230 KB) to learn more about St.Cuthbert's Anglican Church in Toronto and what you can learn from their journey. 

 

DIY Walkthrough Audit

guide_DIY_walkthrough.JPGNew in 2018! This easy-to-use 62-page guide is intended for decision-makers in faith communities who wish get to know how their buildings work and reduce the amount of energy they use in their buildings.

Energy audits of religious buildings show that 80 to 85 per cent of the energy used in places of worship is for heating and ventilation. Operators of religious buildings can take advantage of that finding to reduce their operating costs by making sure their heating and ventilating equipment is working as efficiently as possible, and by reducing heat loss from their facilities.

This guide discusses low or no-cost measures to give operators of religious buildings a range of options they can apply to reduce their energy bills while adding comfort and attractiveness to their facility. It includes a 14-page DIY energy audit.

 Download PDF (3.9 MB)

Order a hard copy of the DIY Walkthrough Audit Guide
Cost: $25 per copy (includes shipping and handling within Canada)

Presentation on Building Automation Systems

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Jan. 30, 2019

Presenter: Murtaz Abid, C.E.T.

Learn more about controlling the heating, cooling and ventilation in your faith buildings. This subject is somewhat complex, and thus requires specific knowledge and expertise. Murtaza a.k.a Taz, a Certified Engineering Technologist, talks about ways to save energy by controlling your building through technology, whether it be smart programmable thermostats or smart self-sustained Automation Systems, or everything in between.

 Download PDF (1.2 MB)

 Listen to the audio recording.

Energy Efficiency Tools

Top Ten Actions Poster

 
New in 2018! Our energy benchmarking team has created a series of graphics to help your faith community reduce energy and facilitate recycling efforts.

Each item shown here is available in both pdf format for printing and high resolution jpg.

If you are downloading resources for your faith community, we would appreciate you registering your faith community as part of our network by signing up your faith community.

 Download Resources

Please Sort Your Waste

 

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Please Turn Down the Temp

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Energy Savings Webinar

Recorded November 15, 2017
Saving energy is becoming increasingly important for large buildings, with cap and trade now in Ontario. But did you know that faith buildings account for 42% of all faith community green house gas emissions?

This is why Faith & the Common Good is engaging in an exciting, new benchmarking program. It will allow you to measure and track your energy consumption, and reduce it over time.

 Watch and listen to webinar (1 hour, 20 minutes)

Presented by Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces Toronto chapter, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Hydro, Save ON Energy, and Enbridge Gas.

Climate Change and Energy Benchmarking Webinar

Recorded January 22, 2018
We were delighted to welcome Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe, to the webinar launch of our new Faith Building Energy Benchmarking program.  For those of you who attended, we hope that you found Dianne Saxe’s talk inspirational, concerning the moral, physical, and economic urgency of meaningful action on climate change.

Download options include:

  • Entire webinar
  • Individual pdf presentations:
    • Dianne Saxe presentation — Facing Climate Change
    • Faith & the Common Good presentation — Energy Benchmarking
    • Toronto Hydro presentation — Energy Saving Programs for your Place of Worship
    • Enbridge presentation — Minimizing the Cost Impact of Cap and Trade through Energy Efficiency

 Watch and listen to webinar (1 hour, 23 minutes)

 Download individual presentations

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