Use work you’ve done in your congregation any time in 2014 to enter the 2014 Cool Congregations Challenge.
$1000 winners in each of 5 categories that address everything from careful planning and preparation for a major project, to water conservation, edible gardens, bike racks, to inspiring congregants or working to help communities adapt to climate change.
Want to get inspired to start a project for next year? Browse previous entries. We encourage benchmarking — making a record of where you are now — so that you can measure your progress. It will help track energy savings for Cool Congregation Certification, Energy Star Congregation status, and demonstrating progress for your team and your congregants. This is best done with the Energy Star materials. The worksheets will help you collect all the information you need before you sit down to enter it. The powerful (web-based) software will let you compare your house of worship to other, similar facilities, enter into friendly competitions, or aggregate your results within a community or even a denomination. We’ll help.
Are you ready to enter this year? Learn how.
Done a lot of work already? You might be ready to begin work to become a Certified Cool Congregation. Begin with a Green Medallion,10% greenhouse gas reduction medallion, and plan toward a Gold Medallion for 40% and above reduction.