What you need to know about your building

Early Spring, 2000

We think that members of congregation property committees ought to know certain facts about their buildings.

The following list is based on suggestions from several people who work regularly with religious congregations and the buildings they own.

  • Square feet of Floor area
  • Age of original construction
  • Dates of renovations and additions
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Lightning – An Act of God

Andrew Rudin — Interfaith Coalition on Energy — September 1992

A quick-moving storm passed over northeast Philadelphia in August 1991.  When lighting struck the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, no one was in the building.  A malfunctioning alarm system was the initial symptom that something was wrong.  The church security system had automatically dialed a list of numbers to say that the power was off.

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Stoplight Removal in Philadelphia

Andrew Rudin – March 1994
Comfort and Light Newsletter #53

Philadelphia drivers have two driving habits that work at cross-purposes — jump starting red lights as they turn green and running the yellow ones before they turn red.  The City Department of Streets had an idea to increase safety and save energy costs at the same time — replace the traffic lights with all-way stop signs at moderate traffic intersections.

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Oh! Say it Ain’t So…

Busting seven myths about churches and energy
By Andrew Rudin – Creation Care magazine – Fall 1997

The Interfaith Coalition on Energy has been around since 1980.  After 66 newsletters, 200 workshops, a zillion phone conversations and gobs of correspondence some old myths seem to remain intact.  So, let’s take another look at them….

Myth 1. Churches waste a lot of energy — It may feel that way, but we use about 7% more energy per square foot than the average home, less than a third of the energy used by health care and food service institutions, two-thirds of what offices use, and a fifth more than warehouses.  And we provide more beneficial services to neighborhoods than any of those institutions!

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Websites of Friends of ICE

A Religious Response to Global Warming
The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This campaign intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.

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