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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



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


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

  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 click on the "Energy Benchmarking Form" button above or below to complete the 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!

Complete our Energy Benchmarking Form to Sign Up

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

Jaffari Community Centre's Green Journey

Jaffari_20170526-min.jpgThe Jaffari Community Centre is a proud member of ClimateWise Business Network. The organization is currently participating in Faith & the Common Good’s energy benchmarking program.

The Jaffari Community Centre’s sustainability journey demonstrates how passionate people can impact the way a community acts on climate change. A few like-minded women were the forerunners of a sustainability movement that effectively shifted the way community members think and act. Their “Eco team”, which started five years ago with a grass roots approach to reducing waste is now a fully integrated eight-member Eco Board, working to improve the Centre’s overall sustainability method.

Energy Benchmarking in Halton and Peel

Matthew CasaleFor the past four months, I have been a co-op student working with Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) Halton-Peel, a program of Halton Environmental Network (HEN) and a chapter of Faith & the Common Good (FCG). My focus was helping to develop and implement the Energy Benchmarking Program in Halton and Peel. This program allows our team to monitor and measure the energy consumption of faith communities and help them reduce or become more efficient energy users.

With this program I had the amazing opportunity to be put into an environment that I was not used to. I am used to speaking about the importance of the environment and saving energy. However, until I started to speak with the different faith communities that we worked with in Halton and Peel, I never realised the important role the environment plays across faiths.

GTHA Faith Community Energy Benchmarking Program

Faith & the Common Good recently launched an energy benchmarking program and Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas Distribution are assisting us in the City of Toronto. Hamilton, Halton, Peel, and York regions are also participating in this program.

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Presentation on Building Automation Systems

buildingautomationsystems_sm.jpgBuilding Automatic Systems Lunch 'n' Learn Webinar
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

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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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