The UCC General Council has long acknowledged that the global climate crisis poses a grave threat to our planet and must be tackled urgently. To be a truly credible and inspiring climate change leader, we are putting our own house in order.
The united church is committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
In 2016 the UCC General Council commissioned Caring for Creation, Our Communities and Our Congregations: The Case for a National Carbon Reduction Program for Faith Buildings. This 5-year plan is the beginning of implementing those learnings, to move the UCC into a leadership position in building efficiency and climate justice.
The energy used to light and heat UCC faith buildings is one of the UCC’s largest carbon contributors – and also one of its biggest expenses.
Highlights of the plan:
- A public commitment announcement of 80% reduction by 2050 to launch the program and invite participation, before or during GC43, in July 2018.
- Establishing a national sustainability grant program and a revolving green fund mechanism for reducing financial barriers to building efficiency work.
- A five-year staged implementation, building partnerships with congregations and local organizations in key regions, beginning with regions with existing support and expanding into regions with the greatest opportunities for emission reductions.
- Creation of a United Church National Climate Action Advisory Circle, to advise on the high-level vision, track project progress, and ensure smooth coordination with and input into various areas of the UCC’s climate related work.
- An annual Sustainability Report and communications plan that tracks progress, amplifies the stories of congregations, uncovers barriers and connects the dots with other UCC Creation Care actions.
About the team
Rev. Christine Boyle
A community organizer, activist, and communications strategist, Christine is the Minister of Community Life at Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver. She spearheads Faith & the Common Good’s Fossil Free Faith climate justice initiative and is helping BC faith communities connect with our faith-based environmental support network.
DR. lucy cummings
Lucy Cummings is the Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good. Prior to her work at Faith & the Common Good, Lucy lead Seacology UK, a non-profit environmental group devoted to protecting island biodiversity using a community-based approach. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, she was a professor of global politics at the University of Hong Kong for ten years. There she explored the impact of environmental degradation on global security. She also consulted with the Hong Kong government on its global environmental reputation.
Stephen Collette is the Building Audit Manager for Faith & the Common Good. Stephen created the Green Audit for faith communities. Stephen owns his own company, Your Healthy House, which carries out indoor environmental building inspections and consulting. Stephen is a Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional and a Building Science Specialist of Ontario.
David Patterson is Faith & the Common Good’s energy coordinator. David has been consulting through his company, Proterra Sustainable Solutions Inc. since 2007. He has performed over 60 audits of faith buildings for Greening Sacred Spaces’ Green Audit and Solar Audit programs and has also planned and coordinated the installation of multiple geothermal, wind and solar systems on private dwellings.
About Faith & the Common Good
Faith & the Common Good (FCG) is a national, interfaith charitable network founded in 2000 on the belief that our diverse faith congregations and spiritual communities can be powerful role models for the common good. FCG supports diverse faith and spiritual communities contribute to greener, healthier, more resilient neighbourhoods.
Find out more at: www.faithcommongood.org