Monthly Meeting Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
The Quaker House is an unassuming place, tucked away in a residential neighbourhood, on a quiet street.
Over the years, members of the Quaker House have been actively undertaking a number of energy retrofits. Despite facing similar challenges that are common with places of worship, such as a diminishing congregation and financial constraints, their members completed a number of eco-projects over the last few years.
Longstanding member, Don Woodside, sat down with Juby Lee, project coordinator of the Energy Benchmarking program in Hamilton.
Parishioners practice waste reduction, composting and conservation. They welcome diverse members of the neighborhood and take care of the hungry and homeless through their numerous programs.
That’s why this inclusive, compassionate parish, situated in Toronto’s Danforth area since 1927, was selected by Faith & the Common Good (FCG) to receive a Green Sacred Spaces Award. This annual award recognizes faith groups that have achieved excellence in greening their places of worship as well as engaging the broader community in the care of the environment.
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.
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.
Mission and Background: We are a vibrant, Christian community. We are located at Yonge and Centre Streets in the Village of Thornhill, City of Vaughan, worshipping and serving our community since 1830. A heritage building, we have over 22, 000 “Sq. ft.” of space that is regularly used by the congregation, a pre-school and numerous community groups.
In 2015, the Diocese asked each parish to learn more and act faithfully on climate change. At our annual VESTRY, held in February, a MOTION was passed to support the Diocese’s Advocacy at the provincial and federal government level for effective policy on climate change.
We recognized that the main source of our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and operating costs relate to faith building energy consumption. This lead us to decide to investigate opportunities and consider suggestions from parishioners to reduce our carbon footprint over the next year and report results and recommendations for future action to VESTRY and the congregation, at large.
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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.
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