Orlando Church Gets EPA Green Thumbs Up

Earlier this year, we covered a story about a community solar energy system going in at the Church of the Brethren in University Park, Maryland. Now, it would appear that other congregations are making the leap of faith concerning the environment, too, through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Congregations Network.

Among them is Orlando’s First Baptist Church (FBC).  With rising utility bills and a growing membership, the FBC didn’t install a solar, wind or geothermal generating system to get a grip on their energy costs. Rather, they worked with tools and resources provided by EPA’s Energy Star program to develop a plan to better manage the resources they were already using. By strategically managing the energy performance at the FBC under this new, leaner regimen the church has shown, according to the EPA, that it’s possible to save money and use significantly less energy to power buildings.

First Baptist Churc Orlando

image via Environmental Protection Agency

“EPA commends the First Baptist Church for its commitment to reducing pollution through environmental stewardship,” said EPA Regional Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming, in a statement. “With membership in the ENERGY STAR Congregations Network, the church has shown that smart energy decisions are good for the environment and your pocket.” The FBC is one of nine small businesses and congregations to be honored by the EPA for its energy stewardship and efforts to fight climate change this year.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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