Epis Caring for Creation


Esther Powell 
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts 
617.482.4826 x421 


Saturday October 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  

Registration opens at 8:30 am.

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church 
116 South Street
Foxborough, MA 02035

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Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) Workshop Saturday, October 19 in Foxboro 

Sign up for a Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshop to be eligible to apply for a Green Improvement Grant or Green Loan and reduce energy costs! 

Would you like to save money for your parish?  Did you know that the average parish in the diocese spends over $20,000 on energy costs annually but that savings of 20-30% are possible?  Do you know Diocesan grant and loan funds are available to assist with energy efficiency improvements that can help achieve these savings?  As importantly, reducing your energy use also cares for God’s creation by reducing the greenhouse gases your parish produces.

The Diocese’s Creation Care Initiative can help your parish learn how to reduce its energy use and cost, evaluate potential energy savings projects then purchase needed supplies and equipment.

The harvest has been plentiful!  Since the grant program launched in 2011, we have granted nearly $600,000 in Green Grants to 70 congregations, and all have representatives that attended SHOWs to learn the whys and hows of sustainability and reducing carbon footprints.  In 2014, we will have another round as we use the resources our diocese’s Together Now campaign has raised.

Consider this: whether you intend to apply for a Green Grant or Green Loan or not, determining the size of your carbon footprint is the first step in energy savings and caring for creation.  One of the first steps to being eligible to apply for a Green Improvement Grant or Green Loan is to attend a SHOW workshop. 

In this half-day session conducted by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (www.mipandl.org) you will learn:

  • How to track your energy use, cost and carbon footprint
  • How to find no-cost and low cost projects that can have a big impact on your electricity and heating bills
  • How to evaluate energy using equipment and systems to determine whether they should be updated
  • Incentives, rebates and other financial help available through utility companies
  • How to apply for a Green Grant or Green Loan

There is $10 per person fee to attend the workshop, payable during online registration through PayPal or by check.  Light refreshments are included.  Registration begins at 8:30 and the program starts at 9.

When you register, you will receive an easy-to-use spreadsheet to calculate your parish’s energy use and cost; you are encourage to fill it out and bring it to the workshop. You may also download the spreadsheet here: http://www.mipandl.org/MIPL_resources/MIPL_HOWUtiUseCost.xls

Who should attend: Parishes are encouraged to send two members from their environment committee, property committee or Vestry. Other members who are interested are also welcome.

Location Information: St. Mark's Episcopal Church is located at 116 South Street in Foxborough.  There is a large parking lot with special parking spots for the handicapped near the door.  The building is handicapped accessible at the front door with a ramp.  There is an elevator to the lower floor (Undercroft) and a handicap accessible restroom on the main floor.