Saturday, June 28, 2008

How many lightbulbs does it take to change an Episcopalian?

The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio is launching a summer campaign to replace all incandescent bulbs in all 95 churches throughout the Diocese with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

For the full story, click here or read the first comment posted below.

3 comments:

Bradford Wade said...

Bishop Hollingsworth, with the help of summer intern and Oberlin College graduate Andy Barnett, is spending the summer launching "How Many Light Bulbs Does it Take to Change an Episcopalian?"
The plan for the program is to replace all incandescent bulbs in all 95 churches throughout the Diocese with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). CFLs use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, last 10 times longer, and are readily available. If even 25% of our congregants and churches participate, the energy savings (and cost) will be substantial, according to Barnett, who is a Minnesota native and is headed to Yale Divinity School and Forestry School this fall.

Executive Director of Cedar Hills Camp, the Rev. Pete Nielsen, III, changed the indoor bulbs at the camp and reported a savings of about 50% in electricity usage and a 30% decrease in cost. "It's wonderful for both the carbon footprint of Cedar Hills and the budget," he said.

In addition, Bishop Hollingsworth is encouraging churches to become bulb-recycling centers for their communities. He and Barnett will provide recycling stations and directions to recycle old CFLs safely. The bishop is also challenging church members to invest in CFLs for home use, systematically replacing their most-used bulbs.

Barnett spent early June surveying each parish to find out the number, wattage, and types of bulbs needed. From July through September, he and several parish volunteers will be delivering and installing the bulbs. Once the bulbs have been delivered and installed, churches throughout the Diocese will celebrate with a liturgy of environmental stewardship.

http://www.dohio.org/joomla/index.php

Sam Garber said...

Awesome title! : )

Cecil said...

I represent a minority maintenance minister on Cleveland's east side who might be very interested in applying what you learned to these underserved congregations.

I can be reached at 440 343 1701.