Happy Earth Day!
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by volunteering for an event in the community you live.
Everyone has an expertise and what better way to benefit the Community in which you live than by volunteering that expertise to the benefit of others. We have always believed that it is important to be engaged and active in your community. We have had two opportunities recently to volunteer our time and talents.
Just this past Sunday, we organized Earth Day activities at our church. Our church recently received Energy Star Certification and is one of 50 churches Nationwide who have received such designation. Our church has also recently created a “Green” Team to focus on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability within our congregation.
All Saints conducted a $9,000 Level 2 energy audit in May, which with rebates from the program was free to the congregation.
Our activities for this past Sunday, included programs for both Children’s Sunday School and Adults.
Our Children’s Sunday School activities included talking about the Energy Star Certification (some of the kids were really well aware of what it means!), talking about where food comes from and planting cucumber seeds in peat pots for the kids to take home.
For the Adults, we had a presentation and display set up between Church services from CSG (Conservation Services Group) who administers both Columbia Gas and AEP (American Electric Power) Energy Audits for residential customers. These Audits identify areas in a home that could be improved upon from a air leakage standpoint (insulation or air sealing), systems (furnace and a/c), electrical (light bulbs) and plumbing fixtures (low flow faucet aerators).
For two years now, we have volunteered to participate in Green Apple Day of Service. Green Apple Day of Service is a National Event sponsored by the Green Schools program through the United States Green Building Council. The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.
We helped to implement a rain garden at a local Elementary School.